Based on Chryslers 300C experiences I'd say yes if you highway drive a
lot at reasonable legal speeds. If you mainly urban drive it will gain
you very little and you'll pay through the nose for high urban gas
consumption as a result of too large an engine.
Likely if it is a transverse engine layout, but torque steer has been
pretty well designed out of most transverse engine layouts.
I'm wondering if cheap GM has done a redesign to handle the
significantly increased torque.
CV joint issues take lots of miles to detect.
If I could try one I'd tell you in 5 minutes if it has unacceptable
torque steer. It just takes a few corners under high output to detect
the steering not returning to center on it's own. Very dangerous!
My obsolete Concord's inline engine layout has negligible torque steer.
I had a '92 corsica that would reciprocate the wheel back and forth rather
wildly if I took a corner under full throttle and let go of the wheel to let
it go back to center. I thought it was amusing, but I don't recall being in
danger. I'd just grab ahold of the wheel and/or let off the gas and all was
I've had significant problems with a few high power FWD rental cars,
when turning right merging into the traffic under high throttle.
A few cars with terrible torque steer just wouldn't straighten out
unless I let off the throttle.
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