It’s a good day for Audi news. There is a new A6 Avant (which you can’t buy in America, sorry about that) and we have new information on the better-for-drifting, rear-wheel drive Audi R8 RWS. It’s now the cheapest R8 you can buy new, saving you a hell of a lot of money over the Quattro version. Why would you go all-wheel drive now? The 2018 Audi R8 RWS is now the cheapest way to get Audi’s supercar, with a sticker price of only $139,950 (including destination). That makes it $26,200 cheaper than the same car equipped with AWD, and $55,700 cheaper than the more powerful R8 V10 Plus. So either this is this “base model” R8 is either a killer supercar bargain or Audi is charging a crazy premium for AWD. We all know that the best R8 is the original R8, but the current car is not too shabby—especially since you have the option to have the V10’s 540 horsepower be sent to all four wheels or just two. The one downside is this RWS R8 is just a … [Read more...] about The Rear-Wheel Drive Audi R8 You Really Want Is Now The Cheapest
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Those looking for a performance pickup truck might want to check out Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) and its 2018 Yenko/SC Silverado. The performance company first unveiled the 800-horsepower Yenko/SC Silverado last February as a 4x4, but to sweeten the deal, the performance version of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will now be offered with rear-wheel drive. The Yenko/SC Silverado sports a stroked and supercharged 6.8-liter LT1-based V-8 engine, which leads to the 800 hp figure and a whopping 750 pound-feet of torque. All Yenko/SC Silverados start life as seldom seen standard-cab, short-box trucks with the Z71 package. The added horsepower is the star here, but SVE also upgrades the pickup with 16.1-inch Brembo front brakes with six-piston calipers, a larger-diameter front sway bar, a ride lowering kit that drops the front 2 inches and the rear 5 inches, Rancho shocks, and a locking rear differential with a 3:42 axle ratio. On the outside, Yenko badges proudly adorn … [Read more...] about 800-hp 2018 Yenko/SC Silverado now available with rear-wheel drive
Infiniti will abandon rear-wheel drive in about 3 years. Infiniti's forthcoming to switch to electrified powertrains will see the company abandon its current rear-drive platforms. From 2021 on, no new Infiniti models will be offered with rear-wheel drive.That's a dramatic shift from the rear-wheel drive strategy Infiniti put into place in the early 2000s to battle the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the luxury car segment. Infiniti currently sells three rear-wheel drive passenger car models — the Q50, Q60 and Q70.However, all three of those models ride on the company's rear-drive FM platform, which dates all the way back to 2001. Because of its age, Infiniti says it would be impossible to upgrade the FM architecture to accept an electrified powertrain. As a result, it will be put out to pasture as Infiniti transitions to an electrified future."We are going to have to shift because this platform is not an electrified platform," Infiniti Motor Company product strategy … [Read more...] about Infiniti’s electric push will see the end of rear-wheel drive
Most Infinitis are likely to be all-wheel drive in the future as the automaker looks to phase out its rear-wheel-drive platform found in the Q50, Q60, Q70 and QX70 models. In an interview with GoAuto published Tuesday, Infiniti product chief Francois Bancon said the existing RWD platform, code-named FM and introduced in 2001, isn't compatible with the new electrification strategy the automaker plans to implement. “We are going to have to change, this [FM] platform is a V-6 platform, it is rear-wheel drive,” Bancon said. “We are going to have to shift because this platform is not an electrified platform; you need a battery, you need an electric motor, it’s a different package.” Bancon went on to explain that future Infinitis would probably be AWD, with an internal combustion engine and electric motor combo driving the front wheels and another electric motor at the rear. “Since you shift electric you have a motor in the front and in the back, so RWD … [Read more...] about Infiniti to ditch rear-wheel drive?
Since former CEO Mark Fields announced Ford would bring the Bronco and Ranger back to the United States, the Blue Oval rumor mill has focused mainly on those vehicles. With the 2019 Ford Ranger now out of the bag, car enthusiasts everywhere will now hone their attention on the 2020 Ford Bronco. However, the Bronco is not the most important new Ford in 2020. That honor goes to the next-generation 2020 Ford Explorer, a vehicle that diverges from the current model in significant ways. Even though the Explorer’s underpinnings are a decade old, 2017 was its best sales year in the United States since 2004. Last year saw the Explorer flex its muscles and freestyle its way to 271,000 U.S. units sold. The last time Explorer volume dipped under 200,000 units was 2013. It’s a sales powerhouse that, along with F-Series trucks and the Ford Edge, has significantly increased Ford Motor Company’s average vehicle transaction price. America’s insatiable lust for crossovers … [Read more...] about 2020 Ford Explorer Goes Rear-Wheel Drive, Steals Lincoln Engine