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Value of VDC
Posted 13 August 2003 - 06:05 PM
Does anyone have an opinion on this?
Posted 13 August 2003 - 06:25 PM
Posted 14 August 2003 - 01:33 AM
"CAR" Magazine says that you can get away with insane manouevres - and haven't complained about it feeling intrusive.
(Mind you, if Leonard Setright were still writing for them, he would no doubt argue that building a fence not only shuts things out, but also keeps them inside. This is the man who could brake faster without Mercedes' "Brake Assist", and made a mockery of Ford's engineering department twenty years ago when he exploited a fault in their ABS system and locked all four wheels as he passed by the other journalists waiting to try the car! This is a man who commands respect!)
Posted 14 August 2003 - 06:41 AM
The VDC is only available with an auto.....the H6 is only available with an auto for that matter.
My uncle's A6 has a similar ESP system, and you pretty much can just mash the gas, turn the wheel and the car will track where you want it to go.
The VDC system will be the ultimate in traction vs the standard AWD system because it can send power left to right by applying brakes to the slipping side. Subaru's add campaign "wheels that slip, to the wheels that grip" is very misleading, and on the standard AWD systems, is far from being true. Without a limited slip differential or some other traction control power will be sent to the wheel with the least resistance and spin......you get stuck.
So there are some definite merits to the VDC system. I think you need to look at where you live, would you use this feature (ie winter driving), etc.
I do believe there is a way to turn it off....might want to double check on that though.
Posted 20 August 2003 - 12:10 AM
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