OK - drove the "new" B4 yesterday - unfortunately it was an auto
(with sport shift of course
). We were 4 up.
So, the auto is no rocketship (esp this one as it had less than 500km on the clock). It never was.
The big improvements are in the suspension and chassis (have to get a manual to judge the engine
. The stiffening work has allowed the engineers to make the car a lot more refined - and the new bushes make the car even smoother than before! Can't confirm that the sus has had any rate changes - still working on that.
I guess everyone will be wondering if the "refinement" has taken some handling away - the answer is a definite no!
In stiffening the bottom end of the suspension up, the car turns in more fluently, and the weight shifts don't get the rear swaying like it used to.
All-in-all a good upgrade I feel.
Something to look forward to - hope they get you the sus-package!
[This message has been edited by anotherB4 (edited May 28, 2001).]