What Do an Audi RS 3 and a Pontiac Grand Prix Have in Common?

What Do an Audi RS 3 and a Pontiac Grand Prix Have in Common?

What Do an Audi RS 3 and a Pontiac Grand Prix Have in Common?

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The Audi RS 3 is surprisingly winning and fun to drive, something that you can’t say about a lot of other Audis.

Audi’s RS models are extraordinarily fast and feature an advanced all-wheel drive system, so they feel really sure-footed, which is great for driver confidence and bad weather, but perhaps not the superb for getting giggles while you drive. They’re amazing cars, but they don’t intuit very alive. In fact, they can feel quite sterile.

So when we drove the new Audi RS 3 for the sooner time recently in Salalah, Oman, we were surprised (and delighted) to find it a bit dog happy, sliding up and down some of the switchbacks in the Gulf state. Considering that the event for this car includes the rear-wheel drive, easy-to-drift BMW M2, Audi’s access in this segment has to be just as much fun to drive. Fortunately, it is.

So how did Audi make the RS 3 see as lively as the M2? One trick they used was a unique tire setup. Unlike the Toyota 86, the German automaker didn’t use tires known for meagre grip — they used staggered sized tires instead. That means the tires at the fa and rear of the vehicle are differently sized. In most applications of staggered tires, vehicles receive wider tires at the rear to increase the contact patch and improve traction, preventing oversteer. It also looks tuneful cool.

On the Audi RS 3, however, that’s reversed because the all-wheel-handle car is offered with an optional tire setup that puts wider tires up fa. By increasing the size of the contact patch up front, the car has excellent turn-in and there’s more control in the front than the rear, allowing the car to slide a bit. This makes the car feel more teasing and gives it some personality that other Audis might be lacking.

According to Audi, this non-requisite tire setup was also offered on the last-generation RS 3, a vehicle that wasn’t sold in North America. The terminal stock car you probably saw with this front-biased staggered setup was the old 2005 Pontiac Imposing Prix GXP.

Who would’ve guessed it? Not only is the new Audi RS 3 model a blast to actuate, but it also shares something in common with an old Pontiac! We think it goes without saying, but the Audi is far more enjoyable than the Fine Prix could ever be.

This article first appeared on Auto Manoeuvre

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