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    Subaru AWD vs the rest

    Just wondering how the Subaru AWD compares against the rest of the world. The sales guy I bought my WRX claims it's the best. At the very least better than the Mitsu's (not the evo though - think it was a talon) as he used to own one. What about the Audi's quattro technology and didn't the Celica have an All-trac version also? Just curious, I'm somewhat new to this board and new to this AWD game. Thanks.

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    kimchi,

    The Subaru AWD system is not "the best" per se, but it's up there. A few of my mechanical engineering buddies overat Columbia University are huge fans of the Subaru AWD system just because of the physics of the thing...50/50 distribution (well, 45/55 if you wanna get technical) to the wheels, a boxer 4 engine with a very low center of gravity, etc etc However, I'd have to say that Audi has the best system out right now with the Quattro. Optimistically, I'd like to say Subaru ranks second, as the Sube AWD system relies more on rudimentary mechanics and physics whereas the Quattro uses those same characteristics and adds a bit of high technology (look at the Audi All-Road...terrific Quattro system in that). I'm of course biased to my Subaru, but hey...to each his own just my 0.02,

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    ALTESSA!!!!!!!! (SKyline GTR R34)

    If you don't know about it, read about it know!!!

    Also, Haldex AWD (VW R32) is pretty awesome as well.

    As far as domestic cars go, I am pretty sure that Subaru AWD is much more respected than Quattro, 4motion, or 4matic.

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    the all trac system was nice, but if it broke it'd hit you hard in the pockets. i'd think subie's system would be better than the toyota rally car, mainly because subaru has had more experience with the awd platform than toyota.
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    Originally posted by NJwrbT-WRX


    As far as domestic cars go, I am pretty sure that Subaru AWD is much more respected than Quattro, 4motion, or 4matic.

    -joe
    4matic is a Mercedez Benz automatic tranny, I believe.

    Quattro probably is slightly better because of the torsen diff and the haldex is no sloutch either. Quattro has been around a Long long time.

    Point is both of them excel at different, just differently.

    I think the subie AWD is gonna kick on the STI, though. Tough to beat a manually adjustable diff.

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    Originally posted by Griswold
    4matic is a Mercedez Benz automatic tranny, I believe.

    Quattro probably is slightly better because of the torsen diff and the haldex is no sloutch either. Quattro has been around a Long long time.

    Point is both of them excel at different, just differently.

    I think the subie AWD is gonna kick on the STI, though. Tough to beat a manually adjustable diff.
    Actually, I'll correct myself and apologize. 4matic is a benz 4wd. My bad.

    Here's a really nice multipage link that talks about all sorts of different 4wd types. Very informative.

    http://autozine.kyul.net/technical_school/traction/tech_traction_4wd_2.htm

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    Just to go on a tangent.....
    Anyone know when the R32 is going to be available, it looks sweet

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