They’re the four main types of engine and transmission layouts for motor vehicles, and they’re often used to classify and group cars. Rear-wheel drive (RWD), front-wheel drive (FWD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD).
But today we’ll discuss about RWD, next post we’ll show you the others system. RWD system is the oldest layout. The 1885 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is often considered the very first car, was rear-wheel drive. In twentieth century nearly every vehicle had the engine sending power to the rear wheels or rear-wheel drive (RWD) system. It means that the power from the engine is delivered to the rear wheels and the rear wheels push the car forward. The most common setup in rear-wheel drive vehicle involves having the engine at the front of the car connected to a driveshaft that sends power to the rear of the car. From there, the system diverts energy to the rear wheels, allowing the vehicle to move. As this is all happening, the front wheels will be working to steer you in the right direction.
RWD cars offer tons of performance advantages.
- The cars with RWD transmission provides the better weight distribution as well as balance.
- Better Weight Transfer During Acceleration
- Better Steering Radius
- Better handling On Dry Roads
- Better Braking
- Better Towing Capability
- Easier Serviceability
- Can Feature More Powerful Engines
But RWD system has performance disadvantages too.
- Possibility of oversteering when the vehicle is accelerated hard
- Poorer traction in snow, ice and sand
- Less interior space
- Increased weight
- Higher cost for the vehicle
- Improper weight distribution when the vehicle is loaded
- A longer driveshaft to reach the rear wheels
Here’s a list of the Top 10 (reasonably) affordable RWD cars on the market today.
- Mazda MX-5
- Porsche 718 Boxster
- Toyota GT86
- McLaren 570S
- Ferrari 812 Superfast
- Porsche 911
- BMW 5 Series
- Jaguar XE
- BMW M4 Coupe Competition Pack
- Mercedes-AMG C 63