You can't rely upon salesmen to know really anything about the cars. They are there to get you seated at the F&I guy's desk to sign the paperwork.So i test drove today a scat pack and scat pack widebody. For some reason, the widebody didn't have the shaker hood (which I like better).
I asked the salesperson "so what's the difference in the wide body?"
"there is no difference"
"really? aren't the tires bigger in the back?" bending down to look at the tires
"yes, it does appear that the tires are bigger"
"okay, being that it's a wide body, does it handle any differently?"
"no, there's no difference in the wide body"
They also didn't know how to quickly explore the different drive modes-"my Manager won't let us fool around with the drive modes" sigh
So, in reality, I'm sure there's a bit of a difference with the body- does it have better handling around curves, in the rain, less likely to spin the tires?
For some reason, or maybe it was just the particular car I drove, the wide body car didn't have as firm of a ride as the regular. Isn't it supposed to be the same suspension?
I really liked it. Within the first 10 seconds of driving the car, the phrase "power luxury car" popped into my mind. Definitely a classy car!!
You really need to know the cars you are considering what they come with or can come with, etc.
Here's a good write up of the differences between the narrow body and wide body regarding grip, road and track behavior, etc.
Don't count on better grip in the wet though. Wider tires are better than narrow on dry pavement but the wider tires can be worse with regards to hydroplaning.