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Old 11-13-2012, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by solstice View Post
Light steering has less feel than naturally loaded steering. When you turn the wheel the tires naturally strives to go straight and this force transmits to the steering. The more of this force that is passed through the "heavier" the steering feels. Factors like speed and grip determines the force on the tires and factors like the power assist boost and steering geometry determines how much force reaches the steering wheel. Light steering has less dynamic range and thereby reduces this aspect of feel. The steering feels more "numb".
The ultimate test of this is actually to drive an F10 AWD (with hydraulic steering), an F10 RWD (with electric assist), and then either the M5 and/or M6 (which does not include the rubber bushings).

For those of you that are truly unbiased, it will challenge some of the definitions being thrown about; light, heavy, feel, numb, subtle, etc. It will also show you that other makers (Ferrari and Porsche) see some of the same things that BMW does.
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