Becoz these 3 cars, Megane RS, Golf GTi and CTR all have fancy active suspension it will be interesting to see which has a better balance when it comes to performance and comfort. I mean real world experience.
Ppl always like to look at hp figures. I look at torque figure/graph and at what rpm it peaks and maintain before it goes down. That's where the power is. We know anything more dan 280hp on a FWD car there will be torque steer. How Honda stop it from happening isn't rocket science. They simply program the ecu to limit the torque to prevent it from happening. Maybe at top speed you will be able to use the full hp. In other words you don't have access to all that hp even though it has on paper 306hp. Power alone isn't everything in a hot hatch.
These cars don't have ACTIVE suspension
lah. Both Golf
and CTR has selectable dampers, and Golf
has adaptive dampers as an option. I haven't seen the specs for RS yet.
Yes, beside BHP, there is torque, weight and gear ratios that will affect a car's performance. But then again, getting all the torque early may be good for acceleration but the pleasure of wringing the engine to the redline is also missing.
Those who do circuit racing will know that abrupt torque is not good for corners.
Some makes tune their turbo
engines not to give all its torque all at once. Ferrari V8 turbos gives you ascending torque as you move through the gears, and max torque is only available in 7th gear. This gives you the incentive to rev the engine and chase the redline. Honda may have been trying to achieve the same.
At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong approach; it's what you prefer.
Edited by Toeknee_33, 22 September 2017 - 11:13 AM.