Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rear Wheel Drive vs Front Wheel Drive

BMW Z4 M Coupe - Front Angle, 2006, 1600x1200, 1 of 65

Other than the fact that front wheel drive is better in the snow and is generally more fuel efficient I was wondering what the other major differences were.  More to the point I was wondering why expensive cars normally have rear wheel drive.... BMW, Audi, Mercedes etc....

There was a great article in the Globe and Mail on this yesterday:

As it turns out, basically a rear wheel drive is more fun to drive, which I can attest to from test driving a couple nice BMWs.  Unfortunately around here, handling in the snow is also a major drive-ability factor.  This is taken care of with the variety of AWD systems available in the Audi, Mercedes and BMWs of the world.  If you have ever been on one of these vehicles, rear seat space in the middle is extremely limited by the hump from the rear wheel drive train.  But lets face it, it's not very often you would be squeezing three people in the back seat.

If things work out I will be upgrading to a rear wheel driving machine for my next vehicle, now I am looking forward to it even more.

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