Depends on what you mean by "quattro." 4Motion is what VW calls it's
AWD system on VW-badged autos. The Haldex-based system in the TT
quattro is the same system in the VW R32 (called 4Motion by VW). The
TORSEN system in the A4 quattro is the same system in the current
Now, let's have fun with syncro! j/k
VW's AWD labelling from the 1980s. IIRC, it was different from TORSEN
- viscous couplings and such. Somewhere there's a good description,
but I can't remember where. Google's got the answer, if you care
enough to look it up. :)
Go on then. I will admit to embarrassing memories of being unable to get a
110 Landy (with its diff locked!) up a slippery, grassy hill that a syncro
golf on road tyres just wafted up, so it can't be that bad!
Not proper Quattro of course - - - - - -
More information is available from Haldex themselves, but - IIRC - the
"nominal" split is 95/5. This will then vary dynamically up to (again, IIRC)
Whether or not this is "proper" Quattro is something that, I'm sure, will
continue to be debated. It *does* work very well, though, enabling you to
drift the car (with ESP turned off) and - in one memorable case - take the
car sideways when accelerating hard on what turned out to be a slippery
On the Mk.I TT, you could feel the torque transfer..
Hairy One Kenobi
Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this opinion do not necessarily
Different feeling, I suspect - a FWD "hunt" is more of a "where's the road"
sort of thing (in my experience), where this was a full RWD-style "try to
stop the rear overtaking the front" scenario.
Mk.I was before the suspension mods, ESP, and spoiler. Having ordered on the
basis of the driving "feel", I was very disappointed that Audi agreed with
people that turn hard right at 100mph+ in the wet. I'm with Darwin on that
Drift is easy (I would guess in both cars, but didn't try it in the garage's
model!). Predictable and smooth, although I've found tyre choice to be very
important (put it this way, I'm not looking to buy ContiSports again.. just
started on my second set of S03s..)
The TTR drifts like a Westfield (in terms of balance) but you have to be a
bit braver when committing to a corner. [Obvious disclaimer: I'm not acting
like a complete nutter on public roads, but one needs to know the car's
weight-transfer, steering, braking, and "oops" responses under different
conditions before getting ambitious. I'm a self-confessed slow learner on
that one - I like to know the car first]
Not sure that the "bug" comment is /that/ valid, though - not having driven
one, I'd be unsure of the suspension (etc) differences; they're quite
noticeable between different TT marks, so I'd be surprised if they were less
so through different body styles. And then there's the floorpan difference..
(IIRC, the TT is shorter but still unbelievably wide.. and more than double
the weight of a Westie!)
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