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Last April, the new Honda Civic Type R made a new record for the current front wheel drive, by going around the Nurburgring and finishing a lap with a time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds. But today, Toyota thinks that they have what it takes to beat the Honda Civic Type R’s record, even without a true hot hatchback in their lineup. Rather, it is the C-HR that recently made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, with 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) which they think could make a new record.
They say that if the head of the tuning company behind Toyota’s R-Tuned C-HR, Dan Gardner were to decide, the C-HR would already be at the track. In fact, the Japanese automaker believes that it is the “world’s quickest SUV”, and we’re not doubting them. True enough, it has been proven to be faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, the Porsche 911 GT3 and many other supercars as it only took 1 minute 25.22 seconds to go around the Willow Springs Raceway.
Gardner said to Autocar that this model was actually built for SEMA, and so far, the automaker has announced no plans for it. He also described it to be the real deal, and that it is his dream to take the super-SUV to the Nordschleife. And as mentioned earlier, he is confident that it is capable of setting the front-wheel-drive record.Read the entire article Toyota thinks that the 600 hp C-HR could beat the Honda Civic Type R’s Nurburgring record
It seems that BMW’s high-performance division -- BMW M – still has not warmed up to front-wheel drive vehicles. So those who had been looking forward to BMW M vehicles being offered as such should just stop hoping as the company has reiterated that a front-wheel drive M car won't be coming.
This was confirmed in an interview with Autocar by Dirk Hacker, BMW M vice president. He remarked that in an M vehicle, the driver has to feel the car through the steering and the throttle. He added that there is currently no solution for front-wheel drive vehicles.
BMW M’s indifference to front-wheel drive vehicles is understandable. In this set-up, the front wheels are made to accomplish two things at the same time: steer the vehicle and send power to the ground. A high-performance vehicle or a sports car won't find this setup to be optimal in terms of steering and handling, especially when high-speed handling is involved. This is aggravated by the fact that most of the weight of the vehicle is focused on the front. Furthermore, the issue of torque steer – a problem usually felt during hard acceleration -- remains to be fully solved in front-wheel drive cars, especially high-performance ones.Read the entire article BMW M still wary of building front-wheel drive high-performance M cars
Mercedes-Benz has never been this pleased with its front-wheel drive models. After all, the German premium carmaker’s front-wheel drive models have been posting excellent sales. It seems Mercedes can’t hold its intentions any further as it is already planning to expand its front-wheel drive lineup by three more models, from the current five to eight new premium vehicles.
This comes after Ola Kallenius, chief of the Mercedes-Benz brand, disclosed to Car and Driver that the next generation of the premium carmaker’s front-wheel drive platform will underpin eight new models. The second generation of the platform – the Modular Front-wheel-drive Architecture 2 or MFA2 – is expected to be stiffer and lighter than the first generation, thanks to a more extensive use of high-strength steel.
Just like the first-generation Modular Front-wheel-drive Architecture (MFA), MFA2 will not only accommodate front-wheel drive layouts but will also cover all-wheel drive configurations as well. However, the new MFA2 platform would be more flexible, as it allows for more variations in wheelbase and track widths – the reason why it could underpin eight new Mercedes-Benz models.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz will offer eight new models from its new front-wheel drive platform
The new BMW X1 compact SUV will be the second front-wheel-drive model that will be underpinned by the group's UKL1 platform, following the 2-series Active Tourer. The second-generation X1 will be the first modern-era BMW to be powered by the front-wheel drive. BMW will start selling the Active Tourer in Europe in September and the new X1 in June 2015.
Sources privy with BMW said the carmaker is planning to build a third model on the platform -- the X2 SUV, a three-door vehicle with a four-seat interior and will resemble the larger X6 SUV.
New X2 will also be rolled out in summer 2015 and will be one of 10 derivatives that BMW plans to be underpinned by the front-wheel-drive architecture in the future. BMW also use the UKL1 platform for its new Mini, is planning to further streamline operations by developing the new X1 and X2 jointly with the second-generation Mini Countryman and Clubman.Read the entire article Next-generation BMW X1 to sit on the new UKL1 platform, will be front-wheel drive
It was back in March 2014 when Seat announced that its new Leon Cupra 280 is the king of the Nurburgring for the front-wheel drive vehicles as the hot hatch lapped the well-known German racetrack in 7 minutes and 58 seconds. Today, Nurbugring has a new king as Renault introduced the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R. This new limited-edition model lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 54 seconds.
Based on the Megane RS 275 Trophy, the new limited-edition model comes as standard with the Cup chassis (complete with limited-spli differential), a 2.0-liter petrol RS engine that delivers 275 hp, Ohlins Road&Track one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as well as a new titanium Akrapovic exhaust system.
Inside, the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R has no rear seats, while the driver and the passenger sit on Recaro Pole Position polycarbonate monocoue seats fitted with a three-point seat belt. Still, if you want to feel safer, a six-point harness with aviation-style buckle is available as an accessory, while the retention beam and safety nets comes as standard.Read the entire article Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R is the new FWD King of Nurburgring [w/video]
The Megane RS Facelift was unveiled by Renault back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) but the French company continues its tradition of limited edition Megane Renaultsports and unveiled today the Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy. For those who don’t know, Renault first unveiled its line of limited edition Megane Renaultsports models back in 2011 when it introduced the 265 Trophy and continued with the Red Bull Racing RB8.
Set to make UK debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new 2015 Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy has a big mission: to reclaim the title as the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle on the Nurburgring racetrack as it aims to lap the well-known track in under 8 seconds.
Currently, the title is held by Seat’s new Leon Cupra 280, which lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 58 seconds. The new Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 275 hp at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 360 Nm from 3,000 to 5,500 rpm. Despite these numbers, fuel consumption remains low at 7.5 l/100 km or 37.7 UK mpg.Read the entire article Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy unveiled, aims for FWD Nurburgring record
Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne is still committed to employing the new nine-speed automatic transmission on its front-wheel-drive-based models even though software glitches in the gearbox was the prime cause of a two-month delay of the launch of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
Chrysler, which licenses the nine-speed technology from ZF Friedrichshafen, will use the transmission in the 2015 Chrysler 200 and Jeep Renegade. Chrysler said it continues to refine the transmission's operating software in the Chrysler 200, confident that the model would be in dealerships as promised in the second quarter.
Unlike the Cherokee, the 200 regularly uses the most fuel-efficient ninth gear during typical operations. Marchionne has said that the nine-speed is the “shortest, most complex transmission you can buy in the marketplace," adding that it features a number of wonderful attributes.Read the entire article Chrysler CEO committed to use 9-speed gearbox on all fwd models
Mercedes-Benz will fit three-cylinder engines for future hybrid versions of its compact fwd drive vehicles, disclosed Bernhard Heil, chief of powertrain development of Daimler AG. Mercedes' engineers, however, are not keen to the idea of using three-cylinder engines, but its small size will be necessary for transverse-mounted hybrid powertrains.
Heil told Automotive News in an interview that in packaging a hybridized engine in the front end, the four-cylinder engine has its limitations. Since Daimler's rwd vehicles have enough room, they will be fitted with four-cylinder engines and up. Mercedes' C class, E class and S class are designed to contain bigger engines, while a hybrid-four-cylinder combo does not give rise to packaging issues.
According to Heil, Daimler also intends to offer a small gasoline engine developed jointly with Renault. Mercedes already offers a slightly modified 1.5-liter turbo-diesel engine from Renault in compact cars marketed in Europe. Both the three-cylinder engine and the four-cylinder engine Daimler is co-developing with Renault are designed to be contained into the compact A class, B class, CLA and GLA.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to use 3-cylinder engines for compact fwd hybrids
The SEAT Leon Cupra 280 now holds the new lap record for a front-wheel drive car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife after clocking at 7:58.4. The SEAT Leon Cupra 280 also became the first fwd production model to breach the eight-minute barrier. The production-spec Leon Cupra 280 DSG was equipped with an optional Performance Pack that includes Brembo high-performance brakes, specially designed 19-inch alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
SEAT S.A. president Jürgen Stackmann formally disclosed the record at its Geneva Motor Show press conference. “Our ultimate expression of the successful Leon formula is the all new Leon Cupra,”Stackmann said. “It is the fastest and the most powerful car we have ever built and yet is a comfortable family car. The Cupra is our new icon.”
The new SEAT Leon Cupra managed to post this impressive record on what is considered as the most demanding racetrack in the world. The car was able to achieve the record thanks to the technological precision of the Leon Cupra. The new SEAT Leon Cupra logged an average speed of 96 mph, with a top speed of 150 mph on the Tiergarten section of the circuit.Read the entire article 2014 Seat Leon Cupra 280 breaks FWD record at Nurburgring [w/video]
This is it folks, the all-new 2014 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, the latest addition in the 2-Series range. Measuring ,342 millimetres long, 1,800 millimetres wide and 1,555 millimetres in height, the 2-Series Active Tourer promises to combine compact dimensions on the outside with a strikingly spacious feel on the inside.
Looking just like the Active Tourer Concept new vehicle is easily recognizable as a BMW thanks to the big kidney grille, but the big surprise is found inside, where together with the compact dimensions on the outside with a strikingly spacious feel on the inside, there is an unprecedented feeling of spaciousness.
Moreover, the controls for the radio, air conditioning and air vents are angled towards the driver in another unmistakable BMW design trait. The 2014 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer has a luggage compartment that can be enlarged from 468 to 1,510 litres, and the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest fitted as standard exemplify this model’s excellent everyday practicality.Read the entire article Official: 2-Series Active tourer is a FWD BMW
Jaguar Land Rover’s plans to create super fuel-efficient vehicles may need to be reassessed as the European Union looks to tighten its already stringent carbon dioxide regulations, sources inside the carmaker told AutoCar. JLR has been working hard to bring to market its new compact saloon and crossover models, the most fuel-efficient of which have a 99g/km target.
This means that those new models might not be enough to lower Jaguar Land Rover’s carbon dioxide emission fleet average to meet 2020 regulations. Further worsening JLR’s struggle to meet the 2020 regulations is the fact it is selling significant numbers of large sports utility vehicles, which are usually less fuel efficient and emits considerably more carbon dioxide than small cars.
JLR is planning to build and sell and huge number of small front-wheel-drive models that emit lower levels of carbon dioxide just to be able to with the 2020 EU targets, which is expected to become more stringent as years go by. But JLR could be facing another problem.Read the entire article Jaguar mulls small fwd models to meet EU 2020 regulations
Mercedes-Benz may expand its compact front-wheel-drive lineup when it introduces the second generation in 2018, Daimler AG chief executive Dieter Zetsche disclosed. He remarked that they are considering the “final portfolio” of the next generation of their compact cars. He said that they have to define it and may expand the portfolio.
Mercedes’ current compact front-wheel-drive lineup includes four nameplates: the four-door CLA, the five-door B class, the GLA crossover and the three-door A class. Mercedes will start selling the CLA with coupe styling in the US in September. The carmaker will sell the five-door B class in the country as an electric vehicle next spring.
The company will start selling the GLA crossover in the US in September 2014. It plans to unveil the production version of the GLA at the Frankfurt auto show in September. The carmaker is not selling the three-door A class in the US.Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz may expand compact fwd lineup by 2018
BMW’s second-generation X1 will be getting a significant change in its engineering in 2015. Instead of the existing car’s rear-wheel-drive platform, the upcoming car will be built on a new front-drive architecture that will be used on upcoming Minis as well as on a new 1-series GT, which will debut this September at the Paris motor show.
Sources said that this move to change platforms has been decided in order to provide added packaging benefits to the next-generation BMW X1 and have reduced production costs. They suggest that the new small soft-roader will accommodate more compared to its predecessor, due to a new transverse mounting of its engine that saves space.
Offering economies of scale is the fact that the new X1 shares major elements, such as several of its driveline combinations, with the second-generation Mini Countryman. The company is developing the new front-wheel-drive platform, which is also referred to as the UKL or ‘Unter Klasse’ (German for ‘entry level’) structure, to underpin an entire range of new BMW Group cars, like the next generation of Mini models and a few BMWs.Read the entire article Second-generation Bmw X1 will be built on a new front-drive architecture
In the past, there were two categories of premium vehicles – the true luxury cars and the wannabes – defined by how power was transmitted from the engine to the wheels. Rear-wheel-drive vehicles, like the ones by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, were the true luxury cars, while front-wheel-drive units, produced by other marques, were the wannabes.
But that was the past. Presently and for the future, the label “luxury” won’t be determined by the wheel drive configurations.
This came as Ford Motor Co. is preparing its strategy for its Lincoln vehicle that will be based on fwd platforms. Other Ford cars and crossovers will also be using the same platform derived from the One Ford global strategy. Ford plans to differentiate its brands by unique styling and technology that will belong to the Lincoln.Read the entire article Ford wants Lincoln to be a luxury player with FWD
Infiniti’s debut of the Etherea Concept means that it is prepared to take on rivals such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series with a new compact hatchback that is currently in development. This car’s underpinnings will be borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz parts bin. The technology partnership between Nissan/Renault and Daimler involves use of the front-wheel-drive platform built for Benz’s A- and B-Class family.
It’s believed that this Infiniti hatch will be built on its own version of the platform. The design used by Infiniti’s compact will be unusual for a five-door hatchback.
It has less of a two-box shape like that of the Audi A3. It’s likely that this may mean that Infiniti will be offering a small, low crossover. But what’s more probable is that this will be regular car that has a fastback profile. Its basic powertrains will be gasoline while in Europe, diesel will be offered. However, it’s possible that Infiniti will offer a version that’s either a hybrid or fully electric version.Read the entire article Upcoming Infiniti compact hatchback will use the Mercedes-Benz B-Class FWD platform
In the February issue of CAR, the British magazine details the future front-wheel-drive offerings from BMW Group. While we had heard FWD rumors before regarding a BMW-branded subcompact, there will be at least five front-drive BMWs launched between 2013 and 2018 along with as many as seven new or redesigned Minis within the same time period.
According to CAR and a source within BMW, the first BMW-branded front-driver will be the 1 Series GT in 2014. Because of its drivetrain layout, it will achieve greater interior volume than the next-generation, rear-wheel-drive 1 Series hatchback. It shall be related to the next-generation Mini Clubman, which will be longer and feature rear doors on both sides.
CAR reported that the third-generation 1 Series arriving for perhaps 2017 or 2018 is likely to be front-drive as well, since owners of the hatchback in Europe are apparently unconcerned with which wheels power their car, says InsideLine.Read the entire article Bmw could launch 13 front-wheel drive (FWD) models within 5 years
Jeep CEO Mike Manley said that although the replacement for the Jeep Compass and Patriot will come from a front-wheel-drive Fiat car platform, he wants to make it clear that the replacement will be "100 percent Jeep."
Jeep engineers will develop the vehicle, which is why the product stays in the U.S. In about 18 months, the new Jeep will replace both the Patriot and Compass compact crossovers, which share a platform, engine and optional equipment.
Those vehicles offer both fwd and all-wheel-drive configurations. Jeep is debating whether to choose a new name or keep Patriot or Compass, a source said. Through November 2010, U.S. sales for the Patriot and Compass totaled 49,672, up 26 percent over 2009.Read the entire article 2011 Compass and Patriot come in FWD Fiat car platform, but are 0 Jeep
Beginning in 2013, BMW will offer several variants based on the 1-Series, according to an Autocar report. It also revealed that some of the upcoming front-wheel drive BMW 1-Series variants will be FWD.
Autocar said that the two new FWD 1-Series variants will consist of a 5-door hatchback and a wagon/estate version that will compete with the VW Golf and Audi A3 models in the European market.
The new FWD 1-Series will receive a shorter bonnet and a larger cabin, moved forward, and with more upright A-pillars and windscreen. The FWD variants will use a modified version of the MINI Countryman platform and will be equipped with an aluminum-intensive chassis. BMW insiders told Autocar that the variants will arrive on the market in September 2013.Read the entire article BMW to offer two new FWD 1-Series variants
According to the latest reports, it appears that Bmw will sell its new front-wheel-drive family of cars in the United States, as the Bavarian manufacturer is convinced that buyers are ready to accept new and smaller vehicles than the 1-Series Coupe.
Dubbed UKL, the new class is an abbreviation for lower compact class cars sold in Germany. Media reports suggest that Bmw is planning at least three variants.
In an interview, Ian Robertson, BMW AG's board member for sales and marketing didn’t disclose what styles BMW is developing but confirmed that these new cars will be powered by a four-cylinder engine in the United States at launch.Read the entire article BMW will sell its new front-wheel-drive family of cars in the United States
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed that the Bavarian manufacturer is currently working on front-wheel- and four-wheel-drive vehicle architecture that will underpin a new range of entry-level cars but also the next-generation Mini models.
"There will be front-wheel-drive BMWs in the smaller vehicle classes in the future," said BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer.
For those who don't know, we will tell you: Bmw has only rear-wheel drive models while all Mini variants are front-wheel drive.Read the entire article Bmw CEO confirms new range of entry-level front-wheel-drive cars
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