maisbitt wrote:I seriously doubt the 2.0TSI handles less well than a 1.4TSI. Heavier 18" wheels on a GT = worse handling? The R's standard 19" wheels must be quite the drawback then. I would expect lower profile tyres on the larger wheels to give you better feedback, otherwise we'd have sportscars with tractor tyres on them.
Unfortunately you're statement says it all.... skinny tyres don't give feedback, they give grip, traction - read most reviews of modern cars and they all harp on about a lack of feel in modern cars. Handling is different to grip, very different.... the R needs the larger wheels and tyres to put the power down, thinner, larger profile tyres and it would just light them up all day long.
Tractor tyres aren't the solution either, you need a balance.... however look at an F1 car, are those tyres low profile? Are they 19' in diameter?
Most experts universally rate the original Lotus Elan as the finest handling car in the world, personally i prefer the longer wheelbase of the +2 but i won't rate myself up there with Gordon Murray etc.... they run on 165/70R14's and would run out of grip a long time before an Elise or Scirocco would, but in terms of knowing what the car is doing, feedback through the wheel, the Elan is still better. http://www.classicandperformancecar.com ... s4_se.html
I'm not saying there is eon's of difference between them but a 1.4 does feel more nimble than a 2.0.... and both are a substantial step up from the Diesel cars when it comes to handling, physics can be a bitch. Many people wouldn't be able to tell the difference and on the road i'd hope it's not a range of the car people are testing frequently (the limits of handling) but it's there... and as I said before, the car i wanted was the R, it's far from the greatest handling car, certainly not at the price, but it has a fluidity about it and the performance is certainly breathtaking it's also fairly practical!
If you're serious about driving, you don't drive a Diesel as the fun car... sorry. I said it above, sports car = petrol, GT Car = Diesel.