I've always found the s2000 to feel lighter and the solstice gxp to be heavier. I think the difference is in suspension and wheel size...
After a recent experience with a Mazda6 i with the 205/65R16 tires... I was surprised to see it was just maybe 250 lbs heavier than my RX8 based on how it felt/drove. I blamed the tires. But I could just have a wonky curb weight meter because my RX8 feels much lighter than it really is.
But here is the question:
Name some vehicles you have driven that felt significantly heavier or lighter than they really were... and maybe even suggest why.
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I think it has a lot to do with the tires. When I have 13" wheels on my car with 175 width tires, it feels light as hell, with easy steering. With 14" wheels and 185 width tires, it feels much heavier. This car has no power steering though.
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VW Passat's are only a hundred or so more pounds then the Jetta (something like 3200lbs to around 3100lbs) I forget the exact numbers (this was B6 to a Mk5) but it was close. The Passat feels like such a more substantial car tho.
My old Volvo felt like a heavy beast, a real tank... but its curb weight was only about 3450 lbs or so. Didn't help it had skinny tires (195/65 R15) and tall gearing (50mph in first gear)... Most people thought it weighed in at around two tons.
My E39 felt like a roadster, while riding like the nearly two ton luxury car that it was. The lack of a handling/ride tradeoff is the only thing that I miss about the car.
heavier than it feels: new jetta. weight of a standard four door compact; ride quality and amenities of a stripped rickshaw. skinny feeling tires and very light feeling at highway speed. not in a good way.
lighter than it feels: panamera. weight of a panzer tank, but some people report it having a sporting, even sprightly ride. felt big more than heavy to me, either way performance #s defy physics and logic.
My nomination? Suzuki Swift Turbo. A good one doesn't feel like driving, it feels like an overpowered desk chair in the best possible way. Sure it's not very heavy to start, but ye gods! It doesn't feel like you're shuffling any weight around at all! It doesn't feel like 2000lbs, it feels like 200lbs.
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The MKIV jetta feels significantly heavier than it really is in stock form from a handling standpoint. Surprisingly sloppy and body-roll prone for a car that barely cracks 3000 pounds. With the 1.8t or VR6 though they feel light on their feet from an acceleration standpoint.
I drove an F10 Bimmer with the boost busted and it was in interesting test, driving the 535i essentially in a N/A configuration not found here. With the boost of course it could scoot, but I was surprised that even without it the car was a lot more nimble than I expected at 4100 pounds or so, and with two big guys in it. It actually still feels pretty good. The E60 feels heavier than my E39, but its the run flats.
'98-'02 Corolla: felt way heavier than it was. It was only around 2400lb in base trim. The factory struts bear most of the blame. When the struts finally died in my wife's, I tossed in KYB GR2s (not even a "performance" shock) and it was like a whole new car. It wasn't sporty, but it at least drove as well as a stock Civic after that.
The Lancer Evolution VIII and IX seems to disappear around you. I haven't driven the X enough to form an opinion but I'm sure it's similar. The VIII/IX weighed around 3250lb but the chassis is so well-damped and the steering is so immediate it feels like a Miata.
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My old '83 rabbit felt heavier than it was for sure. Even though it was probably the heaviest possible rabbit(4dr diesel automatic with p/s and air) it still felt super heavy. It surely wasn't the build quality as it felt about as solid as a blob of jello on a soggy paper plate. Maybe the 52hp had something to do with it .
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According to various sites, my car weighs about 2,765 lbs...compared to my mk4 2.0 Golf which weighed 2,767 lbs...the Prelude feels like it has an extra 200lbs on it. It's not bad at all, and it actually makes the drive a lot better and feel more solid/planted.
The Golf had lighter steering though which I preferred.