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Steve Sutcliffe finds out if a dinky Audi A1 quattro can keep pace with the mighty Nissan GT-R
Very surprising that the GT-R proved such a handful in the wet considering it has four-wheel drive. The thing looked a real handful (though nice in white). I thought it would have been more surefooted.
Audi should have built the A1 in RHD - I'm sure they would have sold many more of them even at £41k (there are enough out there sadly who'll pay that for a tiny Audi).
On tight circuit with 4 wheel drive, shorter wheelbase and more appropriate tyres so no surprise the Audi won.A GTR with the correct tyres may have done better but not over turned the A1. To be honest very few cars would have been quicker....EVO RS?
I think a Renault Cleo Renault Sport or Twingo Renault Sport with the correct tyres may have beaten the GTR and thats with front wheel drive!
Too much grunt, too much weight too much rubber, I think a 4 wd littleun could keep up or even beat the Nissan, and by so doing make the 41K Audi redundant - which would be the best news - dont get me wrong, its a fabulous result and a really great car and I would love one..but not at 41k
what's life without imagination
Steve, would the GTR be any faster if you'd left the traction control on?
If the test was done with it off on purpose then it does look rather engineered to make the GTR look bad.
Yep,, I agree with you..
The only way to do this fairly is to make sure the GTR has fresh boots as the Audi probably has it's fresh line fit tyres fitted and the GTR being a 12 plate probably has some miles on it's boots.
I find this a bit difficult to swallow to be honest.....
I think autocar should reveal exactly what tyres are used on both cars and the electronic set ups on the GTR. -I have some experiences on track car racing and different tyres can make a car stick like an octopus on a glass surface or an ice cube on an ice ring especially on wet conditions.....
This was such a non event, tight twisty,very wet, over powered supercar versus a small 4WD?,of course the Audi would be better, would it have been the same on a bone dry,Summers day track?.
That wet surface testing track is so slippy I could have kept up in my CRV let alone a 40K A1!
I hope the Autocar guys and girls had a fun day out, because thats all it shows.
I have followed a few GTRs (admittedly not for long) and they are very wide bulky things for our roads. They are a fine piece of (mainly electronic) engineering but I don't see the joy in drivng one on the narrow twisty roads that we have here. Perhaps the test is more relevant than people suggest.
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