View Full Version : Peformance or Handling ??

03-29-2005, 05:30 AM
If you have a car and you can only choose one and not (sacrafice) the other...which would you choose and why?

03-29-2005, 05:31 AM
Defn. handling...<p>things (sh**) happen even under normal circumstances; I rather save my life (ass) than having all of the hp in the world <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

03-29-2005, 05:35 AM
Handling hands down. I have a Rabbit GTi that is bone stock under the hood but is set up for autocrossing. It's slow, but so much fun to sling around. The Corrado VR6 I had was all power, torque steer, and nose heavy. The Rabbit was infinitely faster through the cones.

Top Secret
03-29-2005, 05:36 AM
Ooh, this is tricky. On one hand, you could have the best handling but the car could only have 1HP and you wouldn't be able to exploit that power now would you? But then again, you could have all the power in the world and having no handling would be a bit of a bummer.<p>But, in the end, handling is key to a car. Although I do have to admit I'm a sucker for big horsepower. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

03-29-2005, 06:58 AM
Handling. A 1996 Tercel with a bone stock engine but racing tires, brakes and suspension will easily beat an MR2 and maybe even a Supra on a curvy road.

03-29-2005, 08:57 AM
I'll have to go with handling on this one. Granted that is a relative term. what passes for normal handling today would have been considered great 20 or 30 years ago. Pretty much the same goes for performance. Also, unlike muscle cars (and many a sport's car) of the 60's and 70's, you will be hard-pressed to find a performance car these days that doesn't have some very impressive handling features.<p>That said, IMO unless you live somwhere with great roads, no traffic, and little or no police, overall performance might be something your vehicle might be capable of, but which you will rarely if ever trully experience. Low end acceleration and spirited handling have far greater use in most modern driving environments.<p>Since small, lightweight vehicles with decent power to weight ratios and tracks pushed to the vehicle's ends tend to be excellent at this, that will have to be my choice (but you guys already knew I would say that).

03-29-2005, 02:44 PM
Handling any day...<br>i have a BMW 318i as proof :P

Mindless T
03-29-2005, 06:03 PM
Big block V8 for me.

03-30-2005, 07:54 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mindless T</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Big block V8 for me.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>For what? So you can go fast on a straight line?

05-13-2005, 12:46 PM
Performance:<p>Acceleration - to safely merge on the freeway.<br>Braking - to avoid hitting someone/something<p>What this poll fails to note is that to a large degree, handling is part of the over all performance. I think the question was more directed toward handling versus acceleration.<p>Performance is all of the following:<br>Handling<br>Braking<br>Acceleration

05-14-2005, 07:10 PM
I choose performance over handling.<p>By performance, I mean a little of everything.