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When Toyota released a teaser image of its 2019 Prius sedan, the most obvious scene is that the car is sitting on snow. Driving on such conditions would be more favorable if a car has an all-wheel drive configuration. This led to a speculation that the new Toyota Prius would be getting an AWD version. Now, this isn't a speculation anymore, as Toyota has already confirmed and revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show the arrival of the 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e.
Toyota’s new AWD-e system is quite different from the typical all-wheel drive configuration. But with the new AWD-e system, the Prius expands its "Let's Go Places" battlecry to "Let's go more places, in more conditions." Of course, the 2019 Prius is still available in its classic front-wheel drive layout.
This is how Toyota's AWD-e system works. Instead of using a center differential, a torque-apportioning device, or a front-to-rear driveshaft, this AWD-e system employs a magnet-less rear motor to power the rear wheels from nil to 6 mph, up to speeds of 43 mph. Since this an automatic on-demand system, it only activates when needed, such as when pulling away from a stop. When the AWD-e system senses that all-wheel-drive performance isn't needed for the driving situation, it won't activate.Read the entire article 2018 LA Auto Show: Toyota expands reach of 2019 Prius with new AWD-e version
More details have emerged about the new sixth generation of the BMW M3 just as the German premium practically announced the end of the current-gen 3 Series with the unveiling of the track-focused BMW M3 CS.
As reported by the Car Magazine, the next generation of the BMW M3 has a codename of G80. The next BMW M3 is bound to be introduced in 2021, around three years after BMW launches the new generation of the 3-Series saloon (codenamed G20) in 2018. The 3-Series saloon will be followed by the 3-Series Touring (G21) in 2019 and by the 4-Series coupe and convertible (G22/23) in 2020.
The next generation of the M3 is expected to don the tweaks implemented on the 3-Series. These tweaks are seen to include a wider track, a lower center of gravity and a longer wheelbase, as well as a more stable aerodynamic balance and more user-friendly ergonomics. Its design is expected to be expressive, with a number of unique elements to distinguish the G80 M3 from the current generation F80.Read the entire article Next-generation BMW M3 (G80) to feature 493 bhp and an optional xDrive system
Great things could really come in small packages. This was proven earlier this year by Giannini 350 GP, which was basically a rear-wheel drive Fiat 500 on steroids, both in looks and power. Now, Giannini, in collaboration with GRAM (Gram Torino Engineering), is rolling out a version of the Giannini 350 GP that features an all-wheel drive system – the Giannini 350 GP4.
As its name indicates, the Giannini 350 GP4 has the power sent from its engine to all four wheels. This capability is well-indicated on red “4x4” graphics on its sides. Giannini hasn’t disclosed the identity of the mill powering the 350 GP4, but as its moniker tells us, this engine is tuned to deliver 350 hp. It remains unknown whether this is the same engine that also lurks inside the rear-wheel driven 350 GP. The 350 GP is powered by the same 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powers the Alfa Romeo 4C. This 350-hp (261 kW) powerplant is fitted on the rear – just behind the front seats -- of the 350 GP, resulting to its rear seats being removed from the tuned Fiat 500.
While the engine the of the 350 GP was installed behind the front seats, that of the 350 GP4 has been fitted underneath the front bonnet – just like that on a regular Fiat 500. This means that the space behind the rear seats has been freed up, allowing Giannini and GRAM to reinstall the rear seats. This means that the 350 GP4 could accommodate more people inside its cabin.Read the entire article Giannini 350 GP4 is an all-wheel drive Fiat 500 on steroids
As automotive companies build faster cars, it will come to a point where horsepower will exceed the grip level of even the best and most expensive tires. Though there are a couple of ways to improve traction, from trick differentials, traction control, and torque vectoring, the next step would be changing the setup to an all-wheel-drive.
At the recent 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, CEO of McLaren Mike Flewitt spoke to Car and Driver magazine. And during their interview, he said that the company might come up with all-wheel-drive variants of their current lineup very soon. This means that they will veer from their rear-wheel-drive strategy that works best for power and 0-60 superiority.
Though he made it clear that it isn’t what the company is focused on right now, he said that they are “getting close to the limit” and that they will have to transition to an all-wheel-drive setup after reaching the limit. Here, Flewitt is referring to the limits of what a tire can handle - the best tires I must say.Read the entire article Future McLaren models may get AWD setup, CEO Flewitt says
Honda is currently on fire! After releasing the Civic Type R in the United States last week, the Japanese company is already thinking of ways to keep sales at a high and steady level. And what is the solution to this, you ask?
Well, Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer of the Civic model range said in an interview with Automotive News that he plans to do more than just one Civic Type R. So we’re assuming that maybe he means that there will be more versions of the front-wheel-drive Nürburgring record holder.
So anyway, what he really meant was that he wants to produce a more potent version of the current Type R that produces 306 horsepower. Of course, more versions mean better options. Apart from that, he also plans to engineer an all-wheel-drive option to go hand in hand with the Ford Focus RS, and the VW Golf R. And that’s not all, Matsumoto added that he would like to develop a Civic Type R that is more “focused on the grand touring aspect”, so that would mean a softer suspension setup, and some more tweaks here and there to make it more comfortable for the driver and its passengers on long journeys.Read the entire article Looks like there will be more versions of the Honda Civic Type R soon
Subaru has been doing really well for some time now. Just last year, the company announced its eighth consecutive U.S. sales record, hitting the 600,000 mark for the first time in history when it comes to deliveries. In fact, they sold over 600,000 last year, and with the current pace they are at this year, it looks like they will beat their present record. Apart from that record, Subaru can now claim a new all-wheel drive sales record as they have overtaken Audi’s all-wheel-drive sales.
According to some figures online, Subaru now sells the most number of all-wheel-drive cars globally, 15 percent of the global market to be specific. The automaker ranked number one by selling 965,892 units between the April 2015 to April 2016 financial year, that is 245,382 more than Audi’s sales of 720,510 units. Third in line would be Jaguar Land Rover, who have sold 485,797 units according to Autocar.
To break down the company’s sales, 60 percent of Subaru’s all-wheel-drive global sales come from the United States, within the same timeframe, 50,000 units were being sold in Europe - that is less than what it achieves in the US in one month. Furthermore, the UK sells less than 4,000 units in a year, and only a total of 1,210 units were sold in the past five months, that is a 19 percent drop compared to last year’s figures. Though Subaru is hitting the sky with its sales in the United States, it appears that it hasn’t been able to build up the brand name across the Atlantic.Read the entire article Subaru sells the most all-wheel-drive cars, beating Audi
BMW has yet to officially take the wraps off the next generation of the BMW M5 high performance sporty sedan, but it has already dropped a number of juicy details that would surely make interested customers, fans and enthusiasts salivate.
First and foremost, the sixth generation of the BMW M5 will be the first BMW unit to feature the M xDrive system, a groundbreaking all-wheel drive technology that allows four-wheel drive vehicles to be as sporty as their rear-wheel drive counterparts.
Specifically, the new BMW M5 is an all-wheel drive sporty sedan as a default, but its drivetrain features a rear-biased setup. This means that the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine of the next generation BMW M5 (F90) sends power – through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission – to the rear wheels most of the time. But when the system detects that the rear wheels transmit less or no power to the road and there is a need for more traction, the M xDrive would make it possible to send power to the front wheels as well. This transforms the new BMW M5 into a true all-wheel drive sports sedan. Since this capability is adaptive and makes use of predictive technology, the sixth generation of the BMW M5 is able to employ different drive configurations for various driving conditions.Read the entire article New M xDrive system will debut on upcoming 2018 BMW M5 (F90)
The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show may still be far from our sight but there’s no stopping "an insider" from sharing the latest scoop about the new BMW. The revelation came from a BMW employee no less as he recounted his experience over a recent social media post. Apparently, the source went all the way to South Korea to see the latest M5 F90. As expected, he has juicier bits in tow as he goes back to work.
According to the informer, the upcoming M5 will be the first to come with an all-wheel-drive to match Mercedes-AMG’s E63 model. If this is true, then, it is very likely that a Competition Package will be offered as an optional upgrade.
Several speculations have actually floated since the initial test runs of the BMW M5 had been spied by different sources. This time around, the insider’s account may be the most reliable information we could hold onto so far. It’s to such a great degree that the new model is believed to take its design cues from the recent rendering of the M5. Minus the air scoops at the fenders, the new M5’s carbon roof will possibly adopt the same design as that of the M6 Coupe while the rear end will come with the usual M lip trunk spoiler. At least according to the leaked information.Read the entire article 2018 BMW M5 (F90) will offer pure RWD mode, carbon fiber roof and over 600 hp
The 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, one of the newest members of the all- wheel drive set-up, is set to hit the roads this winter. Opel’s latest flagship model has yet to have its official public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But it seems the introduction of an all-wheel drive system will stir up excitement even more.
Having been introduced late last year, its engineers were quick enough to install a GKN Twinster AWD into the midsize sedan. Instead of placing a differential, Opel used a newly developed AWD arrangement with rear drive module and dual clutch system altogether.
Even so, the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport with all-wheel- drive is just as beautiful as its front wheel drive counterpart. At least now, you have more choices of variants to choose from. This new model is also a great alternative if you’re considering other AWD vehicles just like Ford Mondeo’s intelligent all-wheel drive as well as Volkswagen Passat’s 4MOTION technology.Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport now with AWD and torque vectoring
If you always wanted to own a muscle car for everyday use, we think now is the right time to have one. Apart from the added AWD traction, the new Challenger GT also comes with better fuel economy. Well, that also means the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT won’t come with a V8 engine. This will probably leave those who had been wishing for an AWD Hellcat very disappointed. Or maybe not.
According to the EPA’s leaked info, Dodge’s latest model will have the 3.6-litre, V6 engine along with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. This type of engine can deliver as much as 305 hp with up to 268 lb-ft of torque. The EPA has estimated its fuel economy to be at least 18 miles per gallon for the city, 27 mpg for the highway and 21 mpg combined.
Consider the added traction as a bonus, which will be perfect for the cold weather and slippery roads this time of the year. Above all, the price for the Dodge Challenger GT starts at $34,490.Read the entire article 2017 Dodge Challenger GT arrives with 305 hp and AWD
Many are thinking that it would be nice if the Renault Megane RS – a front-wheel drive small family car -- would get an all-wheel drive. Such element would make the Renault Megane RS more suitable for any road condition in any weather. If such Megane RS does exist, it would indeed be great news.
Just recently, there have been speculations that Renault is developing an AWD version of the Megane RS. Of course, Renault has not made any official announcements over the model. Its officials have been silent about any possibility of a Megane RS AWD. But most carmakers are like that; they usually keep their mouth shut over any development until they think it is the right time to divulge them. As for the possibility that the French carmaker is creating an AWD Megane RS, a few spy pictures make us giddy with excitement that such a version is being developed.
These spy pictures – taken in a gas station in Sweden -- reveal a few details why we believe that a Megane RS AWD could be on the way. The images feature a Megane in a grey finish with a “Renault Sport” badge on the rear. While this model is surely a Megane RS, it comes with the body of the Megane GT hatch. A section from the middle of its rear diffuser-style element has been removed to better accommodate two exhaust tips. The test car also features larger front discs with Brembo brake calipers. But that is not why we think that this test mule is an AWD variant of the Megane RS.Read the entire article Spy photos indicate that an AWD Renault Megane RS could be coming
There have been rumors circulating that FCA will offer an all-wheel drive version of the new Dodge Challenger. FCA has yet to officially confirm whether such a version of the Dodge Challenger will be up for grabs in the near future. But it seems it will be.
However, FCA wasn’t the one that made the confirmation. Instead, the United States Environmental Protection Agency – through its Web site – has confirmed that there will be an all-wheel drive Dodge Challenger GT for the 2017 model year. Although the EPA Web site doesn’t actually specify that the new 2017 Challenger GT is the all-wheel drive model on the main page of the listing, the specs page for the vehicle clearly states that this Dodge offering is an all-wheel drive.
Having an all-wheel drive 2017 Dodge Challenger GT listed at EPA’s Web site is the next true thing to official unveiling. The list covers all cars that will be sold to the general public. In addition, the Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel drive model is listed as one of the options for the 2017 model year, which means that there is huge chance that this version is a real thing.Read the entire article EPA confirms all-wheel drive Dodge Challenger GT for 2017 model year
We’ve seen quite a lot of intriguing stories in the age of Internet (where the most interesting part was revealed before the story unfolds). Some are from movies and novels where the actor or the author accidentally talks about something they have to save for later. Then it goes viral.
So many of these things are prevalent in the automotive world. Teasers, spoilers, spy shots, scoops or whatever you want to call it; they all mean the same thing. In particular, there have been many rumors that have come out about the 2018 BMW M5 (F90) sedan. With all the hype on whether or not it will come with an all-wheel drive, we think we have the answer or, should we say, scoop to tell.
Only recently, Australian-based automotive journal GoAuto had a talk with BMW’s Sven Arens. This happened during an event held in Melbourne that obviously not everyone knew about. The product expert apparently told them that the upcoming M5 would be featuring AWD. Surprisingly, the same event has the latest 5-Series (G30) on display where some other journalists were able to take pictures of. Hmmm? If only we knew.Read the entire article Insider divulges 2018 BMW M5 (F90) will be offered with All-Wheel Drive
Ford will offer to its all new Ford Focus RS customers the option to avail of a fully certified winter tire kit to fully utilize the powerful 350 HP all-wheel drive car even in the snow. It would be the first time in North America that an original equipment manufacturer is offering a winter tire option.
According to Adam Wirth, chassis supervisor of Ford Performance, the company is offering this winter set option as a response to an acknowledged customer demand. With the Focus RS Winter Wheel & Tire Package installed, RS customers may continue the pleasure of driving their performance all-wheel drive car even in brutal winter conditions.
Previously, only the testing procedures for normal production wheels and tires require certification while there seems to be no standards in place for the testing of winter-only wheels and tires. To address this lack, Ford pioneered its own new set of standards for winter equipment that are best suited to face harsh winter conditions.Read the entire article 2016 Ford Focus RS gets factory Winter Tire Package
Volvo Cars has unveiled an array of product upgrades and updates, including its Drive-E powertrain program rollout. To start off, Volvo’s high-performance T6 petrol engine now features an all-wheel-drive configuration.
The T6 AWD will be available to Volvo’s 60 cluster cars, providing up to 306 hp of output and 400 Nm of torque. Additionally, the Euro6-compliant T6 AWD provides best-in-class efficiency. When specified in T6 AWD, the S60 emits just 161 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer while the V60 and the XC60 feature emission numbers at 163 g/km and 179 g/km carbon dioxide, respectively.
When specified in the XC90, T6 is mated to a refined 8-speed automatic transmission, developing 320 hp of output and 400 Nm. On the other hand, the T5 engine in the XC90 provides 254 hp of output and 350 Nm of torque.Read the entire article Volvo announces launch of Drive-E powertrain with high performance with T6 AWD configuration
At the Coventry MotoFest, Jaguar will unveil the F-Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a car that will support the Bloodhound world land speed record attempt. The Bloodhound F-Type R AWD is the latest project of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations and as you can see from the photos it incorporates the Bloodhound SSC colours, featuring a bespoke livery.
For those who don’t know, Jaguar is the Technical Partner of Bloodhound SSC and is supplying engines, engineering expertise as well as a number of support vehicles for the attempt to break the world land speed record. The F-Type features the same radio equipment as the rocket-powered Bloodhound SSC.
The vehicle uses the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol engine as the standard version, which produces 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque. As a result, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed limited at 300 km/h or 186 mph.Read the entire article Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV shows up ahead of Coventry MotoFest
Kia showcased at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show the all-new Trail’ster Concept, a vehicle that features an electric all-wheel drive system using an electric motor to spin the rear wheels. This means that the Trail’ster Concept offers off-road capabilities without sacrifice the fuel economy.
What’s more interesting is that if the Trail’ster will enter production, fuel economy would be targeted at a 25-30 percent improvement in city driving and 5-10 percent in highway driving over the 2.0-liter gasoline-powered Soul.
According to Kia, the electric propulsion system takes its energy from a 1.2 kWh Lithium Ion Polymer battery that powers a 27 kW, 270 volt AV synchronous permanent magnet electric motor that produces 35 hp and 100 lb-ft of torque.Read the entire article 2015 Chicago Auto Show: Kia Trail’ster Concept debuts with electric AWD system
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2016 Ford Focus RS, the newest hot hatch from the American manufacturer which promises to bring some headaches to the competition. The new Focus RS is powered by the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine found on the 2015 Mustang, which delivers more than 315 hp.
Ford didn’t offer any details regarding the maximum torque delivered by the engine, but taking in consideration that the six-speed manual gearbox was updated in order to be able to handle the additional torque, we expect to see more than the Mustang’s 422 Nm (320 lb-ft). What’s more interesting is that the power is delivered to an all-wheel drive system with Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control.
According to the press release, the Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system is based on twin electronically controlled clutch packs on each side of the rear drive unit.Read the entire article 2016 Ford Focus RS officially introduced with 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and AWD
Jaguar has added an intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) as an option to its all-aluminum sports car, the Jaguar F-TYPE. Along with the optional six-speed manual transmission, the AWD system will further improve the sporty nature of the F-TYPE, which already features lightweight construction, refined power, ideal proportions and excellent design.
With the addition of such options, customers can now choose from 14 derivatives of the F-TYPE Coupé and Convertible models. The derivatives include the 340PS RWD Coupé and Convertible with a supercharged V6 mated to a manual gearbox as well as the 550PS AWD F-TYPE R Coupé and Convertible with a supercharged V8 mated to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission.
For the 550PS AWD R versions, a max of 680Nm of torque is delivered from the engine to the wheels, thereby allowing the vehicle to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 186 mph. Customers would not have to worry about any major changes in the styling of their F-TYPEs should they opt for AWD.Read the entire article LA Auto Show: 2016 Jaguar F-Type receives the all-wheel drive (AWD) system
Jaguar officially announced that its F-Type will receive an all-wheel-drive system, which means that its range will grow from six to 14 derivates in 2015. The manufacturer didn’t release too many details but it told us that it will unveil its new vehicles at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Still, Jaguar revealed the fact that the AWD F-Type R Coupe will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 300 km/h or 186 mph.
For those who don’t know, the rear-wheel-drive Jaguar F-Type R Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.0 seconds with a top speed limited at 186 mph or 300 km/h. Both versions will be powered by the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol engine that generates 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque.Read the entire article 2015 Jaguar F-Type officially announced with new AWD system, will debut at LA Auto Show
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