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Old 10-17-2015, 09:31 AM
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Default Winter and rear wheel drive sporty cars

Starting to narrow down choices for my next car. Have been leaning towards an s3 Quattro as I want something on the smaller side that's a good winter driver and a little sporty. Been comparing it to the m235ix which is a little more $$$ but seems to have a bit more of a sporty look, design and handling. I then see the new M2 is coming out next year and looks really sweet, but being RWD would be a little concerned in winter.

On really bad days I can take my f250, but am curious how something like an M2 would be with premium snows. I know my wife's maxima is only limited to snow depth with the blizzaks I put on it.

I'm still a year out but wondering if I should simply scratch RWD off the list. And I don't need the knowing how to drive comments. After 30 years in the northeast I have that covered, but I know when I had my vette I would never have considered driving in the snow.
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I took my old miata through Minnesota winters with snow tires, you will be fine especially with all the traction enhancements the newer cars have.
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We have an Audi TT quatro with snow tires for the winter. It is fantastic in the snow.
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My Hyundai Genesis is rear wheel drive. When I replaced the factory Dunlop tires with grand touring tires from continental, I was actually able to drive in a small amount of snow without problems. Once winter hits, I switch them out for another set of wheels with blizaks. I have not had any trouble. If it's really bad, I stay home, because I don't trust the other knuckleheads on the road.
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Before you scratch rwd off the list, there are two mitigating factors. First is brand. BMW's are pretty good at balancing the weight of the car to get a 50/50 balance on rear vs front tires. That means all other things being equal, a rwd with a 50/50 distribution will do better than one at 65/35.
Second, alternate rims & tires for the winter use make a huge difference. All-season tires have no magical properties. They are a little better than summer tires, but not as good as winter tires.
If you have dedicated winter tires (taller profile, softer rubber, open shoulder) and rims, it makes a huge difference.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Before you scratch rwd off the list, there are two mitigating factors. First is brand. BMW's are pretty good at balancing the weight of the car to get a 50/50 balance on rear vs front tires. That means all other things being equal, a rwd with a 50/50 distribution will do better than one at 65/35.
Second, alternate rims & tires for the winter use make a huge difference. All-season tires have no magical properties. They are a little better than summer tires, but not as good as winter tires.
If you have dedicated winter tires (taller profile, softer rubber, open shoulder) and rims, it makes a huge difference.
The 50/50 factor.was.something i.thought would.help as well and I would get new rims for higher profIle snows.
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Tires can really make a difference.
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As said, appropriate winter tires, add a couple sandbags in the trunk if needed.
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For the price of an Audi or Bmw you could buy a Mustang and a used Jeep for snow. Then you wouldn't have to act like an Audi driver either
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Rwd cars with good all-season tires are fine in a couple (2-3") inches of snow, but in those days when we get 8-24" of snow, ground clearance is the key, and no car (rwd/awd) has that.
If you can use your F250 for the days where the snow will be 3"+, I would be fine with a rwd car.
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Originally Posted by s219 View Post
Tires can really make a difference.


Tires make a huge difference! Get quality snow tires, and you'll wonder why you hadn't all your life. IMO, there is no such thing as a "all" season tire.

The traction and stopping ability in snow or ice is dramatic.
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AWD or FWD for winter...... At least thats my opinion .....

I like Audi or VW for small sporty cars that fit the bill ....

I had a GTI as a kid and drove all over upstate NY in the snow ...
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Snow tires on a RWD care will dominate a FWD car with all seasons in about every scenario.

I plan to use my M3 with snows all winter.
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
AWD or FWD for winter...... At least thats my opinion .....

I like Audi or VW for small sporty cars that fit the bill ....

I had a GTI as a kid and drove all over upstate NY in the snow ...
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Snow tires on a RWD care will dominate a FWD car with all seasons in about every scenario.

I plan to use my M3 with snows all winter.
Both on my short list. Made the mistake of going to see bmws yesterday and fell in love with an m3 but it was a stick and loaded more than I want approaching 80k. I had to knock the smile from ear to ear off my kids face. Also looked at the ferraris with my kid just to look, can't drop a quarter million at the moment.

Couldn't make it to the audi dealer as the traffic was backed up and had other things to do, but did stop by to look at the lexus f sport 350. Beautiful car but still wAnting to look at the m2 when it comes out in 16 and the S3. Kid will be starting with his learners permit next fall/winter.
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Would not even consider driving a rwd car in snow unless traction control could be turned off. Had a Town Car without the button, loved the car but would get stuck on level ground in half inch of snow - not kidding.
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Hell, every car in the US was RWD back in the day and many people never had an accident, me and my father included.

That said I'd never want to go RWD in todays world, many more cars on the road these days. As Triple net said, FWD or AWD unless you absolutly have no other choice.
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
Also looked at the ferraris with my kid just to look, can't drop a quarter million at the moment.
AWD and you can probably pick it up fairly cheap used

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Drove many miles back in the '60' and 70s in an Austin Healey 3000 with studded snow tires.
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
AWD or FWD for winter...... At least thats my opinion .....

I like Audi or VW for small sporty cars that fit the bill ....

I had a GTI as a kid and drove all over upstate NY in the snow ...
AWD is a lot of fun in the snow.....My VW R32 from last February.
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R32 is sweet...... Always loved that car.... Didn't know it was AWD .. Even better ...

I have an AWD car - but it has a twin turbo's and a bit too much torque for driving in the snow ... :-)

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