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BMW And Mercedes Finally Realize What Audi Knew All Along

All-wheel-drive is the future of performance cars.

When discussing our dream cars with high school friends, my allegiance was firmly in the Audi corner - my mom had one and I thought they built the coolest looking cars at the time - but my friends were adamant that BMW M cars and Mercedes AMG models were better because they used rear-wheel-drive instead of all-wheel-drive. "You can't powerslide an Audi," my friends exclaimed. To which I replied, "who cares?"

Since we collected most of our car opinions by watching Jeremy Clarkson slide around the Top Gear test track, you can see why my friends placed such an emphasis on how well a car slides. As it turns out, Clarkson's criteria for a good car doesn't really match opinion the general population. Mercedes-AMG has just announced its future models will all feature AWD and I finally feel vindicated.

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I would say Porsche knew all along also. My [rich] friend has owned numerous cars, including Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes. He still claims his Porsche Carrera 4s was the best of all, largely in part due to the AWD.
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As a chap who had a very non-standard turbocharged 180hp MkI Golf GTi, I can give a very good reason for 4WD. Personally I think I had exceeded the limit for FWD. Power induced understeer, wheel spin in 1st, 2nd, 3rd even 4th, torque steer, tyre wear. Even on rear wheel drive there are limits and as the power creeps invariably upward and weight creeps invariably downward, I think 4WD is an extremely good idea.
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