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      11-19-2020, 09:08 PM   #1
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I'm getting an M240i the next month and I'm really excited but scared at the same time because it's my first time driving an RWD. I currently have a VW Jetta 2.5L. I feel pretty comfortable driving FWD so far and I've done it for 7 years, but I don't really consider myself an excellent driver.

What do you think I can expect to be different in this car compared to my old one?

Should I have any special care with my driving?

Is it easy for a non-expert driver to lose control and crash driving in Sport+?
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      11-20-2020, 12:42 PM   #2
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What do you think I can expect to be different in this car compared to my old one?
Probably just about everything. Way more power and grip, and nearly totally different driving dynamics. You'll also notice that your jaw is hurting from smiling so much.


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Should I have any special care with my driving?

Is it easy for a non-expert driver to lose control and crash driving in Sport+?
Think of it as learning a totally new style of driving. If you can get to a local HPDE, that would be best, or study up on advice from Ross Bentley or other reliable sources. If you have the option, fitting some crap tires for a while, so that you are able to work with slip-angles and traction loss at lower speeds. I'd keep it in Sport until you have some experience - there is still TCS active in Sport+, but not as much.
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      11-20-2020, 02:19 PM   #3
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Remember with fwd the front tires are doing double duty steering the car and acceleration.
1st fwd tend to under steer/ push more when you over drive into a corner. Sensation of the front of the car sliding straight off the road in a turn
2nd hard braking through a turn never a good idea in any platform fwd or rwd but fwd tend to unload badly and again want to leave the road this time usually backwards.
3rd hard throttle inputs in fwd the front gets light and it feels like its on ice might even feel the car sliding left or right.
With rwd a lot of the negative that happen with a fwd are less. Under hard acceleration the rear tires will start to loose traction and the car will have a squirming feel from the rear end. Rwd platforms have a tendency to oversteer this results in the car pivoting around the front and sliding off the road backwards.
The best advice would be a driving school to take the car out and learn the dynamics of the car in a safe environment. This will help you understand proper driving techniques and recovery methods if the car gets out of shape
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unde...20the%20driver.
Here is another good article
https://www.motortrend.com/news/awd-...drive-is-best/
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      11-20-2020, 11:44 PM   #4
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if it starts getting squirrelly, lay off both pedals until you catch it
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