The conversion of the BMW 1 Series to the front-wheel drive platform in 2019 has also worried the fans of the BMW 2 Series Coupe, and despite some initial reports, the 2 Series Coupe will retain the rear-wheel drive and continue to provide excellent driving dynamics. The technical basis for the new BMW 2 Series Coupe is the CLAR architecture for vehicles with front engine and rear-wheel drive, which is also used by the next BMW 3 Series G20 or the BMW Z4 G29 . The two-door 2 Series takes on a special role within the compact BMW family, because the four-door BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe F44 , unlike the classic coupe, will be based on the UKL front-wheel architecture, like the BMW 1 Series F40 and the spacious 2 Series Tourer variants. Since the BMW 2 Series Coupe retains the rear-wheel drive, the future of the M240i and M2 sports models is also secured. It is also clear that BMW will emphasize the special role of the coupe regardless of the engine. But the biggest news come from the … [Read more...] about Future BMW 2 Series Coupe still rear-wheel drive, convertible canceled
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Tweet TweetGerman tuner MTM offers a 560 hp version of the Audi R8 which dropped the Quattro four-wheel drive system in favor of the traction on the rear wheels. Germans from MTM, specializing in tuning models from the Volkswagen Group, presented the first images and informations for the new Audi R8 GT3-2 package. The model is equipped with a 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine that develops 560 hp and 580 Nm. Thus, MTM version of Audi R8 GT3-2 can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds while the top speed is 317 km/h. The German model has received a number of aesthetic changes, along with other improvements to the suspension and brakes. At the exterior, Audi R8 GT3 received a carbon fiber front bumper, a set of side skirts and a new rear spoiler. Those from MTM have installed a suspension that can be adjusted so at the hardness and on the height, and the braking system was replaced with a more powerful one, equipped with 380 mm discs. … [Read more...] about Rear-wheel drive 560 hp Audi R8 by MTM
As Tesla ramps up production of the Model 3 and continues to deliver cars to its long list of reservation holders, many buyers are wondering when they will be able to configure Model 3s with "D" all-wheel drive or with the smaller base battery pack. We can't yet address the smaller battery packs, but CEO Elon Musk left a clue for buyers waiting for all-wheel drive models when he responded to reservation holder Brandon Ledford on Twitter. Ledford asked for more specific information on when his AWD model might be available, and Musk said Tesla won't build all-wheel drive models until after it reaches its full production rate for the Model 3 configurations now available. We need to achieve 5k/week with Model 3 before adding complexity that would inhibit production ramp — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 8, 2018 Musk says the problem is that adding any further configurations would make production so much more complicated that it would jeopardize the company's ability to produce the Model … [Read more...] about When will Tesla Model 3 all-wheel-drive, lower-range models be available?
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
Tweet TweetThe American market has been widely known for quite some time as a pretty traditional one but Cadillac is now telling us things are changing. Perhaps it’s Obama’s leadership but I’d actually bet on a bit of a generation thinking change in terms of picking a new car. Over the past couple of years sales of 4×4 Cadillac SRX, CTS and Escalade models have grown by 38 percent. Rather predictably, the much increased demand for sales of the all wheel drive Cadillac vehicles come from mountain ranges and cold areas. The rest of the all wheel drive increases come from Cadillac customers that are interested in an improved handling characteristic. These handling improvements manifest themselves differently for the Cadillac all wheel drive system as it’s used in different conditions. As far as the Cadillac SRX is concerned, this system improves acceleration over the front wheel drive as it shifts most of the torque to the rear and it can take it. When it … [Read more...] about Cadillac announces more sales of all wheel drive cars
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?
There’s no use paying for something you don’t need on a new BMW, even if nobody “needs” a new BMW. To sweeten the deal on its latest crossovers, BMW is offering two-wheel-drive versions of its X2 and X3, a move that effectively lowers starting prices.At their debut, both the X2 and X3 were available only in xDrive all-wheel-drive form. Now, the sDrive version—front-wheel drive on the Mini-platform-based X2, rear-wheel drive on the X3—is the base trim. The 2018 X2 sDrive28i starts at $37,395, which is $2000 less than the xDrive28i. (It also brings the X2 closer to the X1; it’s now $2500 extra instead of $4500.) Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The 2019 X3 sDrive30i is priced at $41,995, but won’t be on sale for several more months. Compared to the 2018 xDrive30i, it’s $1650 less expensive.The EPA hasn’t published fuel-economy ratings for these new variants, but we wouldn’t expect more than a 1- or 2-mpg gain in … [Read more...] about BMW Adds Cheaper Two-Wheel Drive Variants to the X2 and X3 Range
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