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Hyundai is working on RWD hybrid Genesis sports car

In the second quarter of 2017, Manfred Fitzgerald, boss of Genesis, denied any plans to build a halo sports car. Instead, he said that what the brand will concentrate on is to provide what majority of its customers want.

But without any notice, it seems like the guys from the premium South Korean automaker have changed their minds sometime last year. In fact, two executives from Hyundai confirmed that a new Genesis nameplate is already in the works. It’s possible that the clamor from the fans of Genesis was so deafening that the brand had no choice but to give in.

It was Luc Donckerwolke, vice president of Hyundai, and Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman or research and development, who confirmed the existence of this project to WheelsMagazine. They hinted that the vehicle will likely have two seats, and will be powered by a hybrid system. He mentioned that the key ingredient to the vehicle’s success would be the performance that it gains from its batteries and electric motors working together.

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First prototype of BMW M5 (F90) was a rear-wheel drive model

As BMW has already revealed, the next generation of the BMW M5 (F90) is a four-wheel drive high-performance sedan with overwhelming power output and torque at its disposal. However, it was recently revealed that the next M5 was initially conceived as a rear-wheel drive sedan.

This was divulged by Dirk Hacker, vice-president of BMW’s M division, to Autocar. According to Hacker, the first prototype for the BMW M5 (F90) that was built over three years ago was a rear-wheel drive vehicle. He remarked that back then, having a rear-wheel driven M5 was the natural, “historic way to go.” The M5 has been – for the past five generations – a rear-wheel drive high-performance sports sedan.

Nonetheless, BMW M changed its mind. As Hacker disclosed, the M Division realized that they were beyond the limits of longitudinal acceleration. This means that adopting a four-wheel drive system for the sixth generation of the BMW M5 was the only option.

Read the entire article First prototype of BMW M5 (F90) was a rear-wheel drive model

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Nurburgring RWD record with 6:47.3 lap time [w/video]

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now the fastest, undefeated king of the ring for having settled a new record at the Green Hell - at least with regards to rear wheel drive road legal cars lately. The objective was to set a new record in Nurburgring-Nordschleife’s 20.6 km (12.8m) course for less than seven minutes and five seconds. Porsche instead proved it can do so much better by beating the record and being faster by 17.7 seconds.

Porsche factory test drivers Lars Kern from Germany and Nick Tandy of Great Britain made the new record on September 20 for beating the previous 6:52.01 minute log. Using two different Porsche 911s, both drivers took off, each making 5 laps all in less than six minutes and fifty seconds. Eventually, German driver Lars Kern made the fastest lap by reaching the finish line with a very impressive 6:47.3 recorded minutes. Kern runs at an average speed of 114.4 miles per hour (184.11 kph).

Kern’s excellent performance aboard the 911 GT2 RS defies the Porsche 918 Spyder by nearly ten seconds. This happened four years after Marc Lieb, also from Porsche, achieved a lap record of six minutes and fifty seven seconds on September 4th, 2013. In short, we now confirm that the 911 GT2 RS is faster than the 918 Spyder by at least ten seconds.

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Nurburgring RWD record with 6:47.3 lap time [w/video]

Next generation Mazda6 may be getting an RWD platform

According to Japanese website Car Sensor, Mazda recently claimed that they might borrow a platform from Toyota, which they will use for the next generation Mazda6, so this can be given a rear-wheel drive option. But to make things even better, the chassis might underpin the production version of the RX-Vision concept as well.

As part of the move up market, the Japanese automaker will give the Mazda6 the rear wheel drive they are planning. But they will also change the design so it features a long nose and shorter front overhang, giving the sedan a more upscale look. As for the engine, the fourth generation Mazda6 will probably share the company’s Skyactiv X spark controlled compression engine, including the mild-hybrid system believed to be of the 48-volt flavour.

What’s very important for Mazda’s plan is to make sure that they continue to have a good relationship with Toyota. Currently, both automakers have entered a collaboration and they are developing a factory in the United States. They have also been sharing some commercial vehicles in Japan. Furthermore, both companies admit that sharing future platforms would be possible. The future Mazda6’s rear drive chassis will likely be the same as the future generation Lexus IS and GS, says Car Sensor.

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Finally, Audi Sport takes the cover off the R8 V10 RWS at the dawn of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The long awaited rear-wheel drive R8 is here, and as the newest addition to the supercar's range, the automaker decided to only produce 999 units of the Coupe and the Spyder trims.

For the R8 V10 RWS, Audi had to get rid of the Quattro system to give way to the RWD layout, though the naturally aspirated V10 remains intact. Now, without the Quattro, the R8 loses as much as 50 kilograms (110 pounds) for the fixed roof model, while the droptop only loses 40 kilos (88 pounds). The 5.2 FSI V10 engine is mounted on the middle, where it produces the same 540 horsepower (397 kilowatts) and 540 Newton-metres (398 pound-feet) of torque as the all-wheel drive version of the R8. This is why the RWD version lacks the rear wing of the more powerful Plus model. The R8 is better known for an extreme track day more than just cruising around Beverly Hills.

In terms of performance, the Coupe version can accelerate from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in only 3.7 seconds - that makes it two tenths of a second faster than the R8 with the Quattro system. The Spyder, on the other hand, can finish the task in 3.8 seconds, considering that it is slightly heavier. It is still 0.2 seconds faster than its AWD sibling. The R8 Coupe version can still go off to a maximum of 198.8 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour), while the Spyder does it in 197.6 miles per hour (318 kph), same as its Quattro counterpart.

Read the entire article The rear-wheel drive 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS is finally here, with less weight too

A lot of us are very excited for the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled to take place in a few weeks. We’re all psyched up to see what cars will debut, which concepts we will see, and what surprises will be in store for us. Here is one thing though, reports suggest that Audi may have something very exciting for the IAA. It’s perfectly timed too as this show is organized to happen only once every two years, alternating with the Paris Motor Show.

There have been earlier news which said that Audi will finally be introducing the production version of the RS4 Avant as a replacement for the RS5 Coupe. Both models come with the same biturbocharged 2.9 liter V6 engine, giving out as much as 450 horsepower and 443 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque, paired with an eight speed automatic that gives power to the Quattro all-wheel-drive setup - just like the first ever RS5 Sportback.

Since they will be carrying the same engine, expect the RS4 Avant to perform just like its two-door sibling, except it might take a little longer when doing the 0 to 62 mile per hour sprint) 100 kilometers per hour because of its weight. The RS5 Coupe does the sprint in 3.9 seconds, so the RS4 Avant may hit 62 mph in 4 or 4.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). This can be pushed even further to a maximum of 174 mph (280 kph) with the dynamic package.

Read the entire article Audi RS4 Avant and RWD R8 GT are expected to debut at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

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

Try to imagine a Lamborghini Huracan with no hard roof and drives on rear wheels. If you got tired of imagining, then put your attention to Lamborghini’s newest offering that is set to be unveiled on America’s western coast at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Say hello to the new 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder, which is essentially a Huracan LP 580-2 sans the hard top, sharing quite a number of elements including a 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated engine. It features newly designed front and rear ends as well as a new unique profile that allows the LP 580-2 Spyder to stand out from its coupe sibling. It dons large front air intakes that do not only direct cooling air but also guide headwind to hike down pressure on the front axle.

Providing occupant protection against the elements of nature is a lightweight soft top that could be completely employed or deployed in only 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Stowage of this soft top has been considered to maintain the Spyder’s center of gravity as well as emphasize the dynamic nature of the vehicle with a downed top. In this configuration, two fins protrude from the folding roof-casing, starting start at the seatbacks and flow on the roof line to the rear.

Read the entire article 2017 Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 Spyder gets soft-top roof

Nothing seems to be “more than enough” in the world of automobile. Super gorgeous beasts still go under serious makeover to get meaner machines and better aesthetics. Want to find out what’s brewing lately?

German fine-tuning company Novitec Torado has once again pushed the technological boundaries with its very own Lamborghini Huracan Coupe RWD model. The incredibly amazing 5.2L V10 830hp twin-supercharged engine is designed to further enhance Huracan’s dynamic handling.

The exclusive product range of Novitec Torado also includes a customisation package for enhancing the car’s aerodynamics. For the Lamborghini Huracan Coupe RWD, Novitec Torado introduces lightweight carbon components along with bespoke sport springs and aluminium forged wheels by the same brand.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Huracan RWD Coupe by Novitec Torado

Automobili Lamborghini has unveiled the two-wheel drive version of its Huracán coupe, the Huracán LP 580-2 at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. At first glance, it is very easy to tell how the Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 is different from its four wheel-drive sibling.

Lamborghini was able to save weight by employing a hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis. The vehicle's weight distribution is biased 40 percent at the front and 60 percent at the rear, which means lesser inertia on the front axle.

Likewise, Lamborghini used a new setup for springs and anti-roll bars on double wishbone suspension, thereby improving the Huracán LP 580-2's torsional stiffness by 50-percent, compared to the Gallardo LP 550-2. For remarkable control and agility, the Huracán LP 580-2 is fitted with electronic power steering and could be specified with the more reliable Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS).

Read the entire article Lamborghini unveils RWD Huracan LP 580-2 at 2015 LA Auto Show

Infiniti revealed today the price for the U.S. release of its new and redesigned 2016 QX50. The all-wheel drive version is priced at $35,850 with the rear-wheel drive at $34,450. With a longer wheelbase, Infiniti discloses that this luxury crossover will go on sale at official retailers starting this month.

Compared to the 2015 QX50, the new crossover has more than $1,700 worth of features added to it while still being accessible price-wise. This is in addition to its already high-content option packages.

Priced at $500, the Premium Package includes, among many others, advanced Climate Control System, 11-speaker Bose Premium Audio system, aluminum roof rails, and Maple interior accents. With a well-equipped Premium Package, the overall value stands at $4,500 (RWD), putting the QX50 at the center of the luxury crossover segment.

Read the entire article Infiniti sets price of 2016 QX50 at $35,850 AWD, $34,450 RWD

Infiniti made quite a buzz with its Q80 Inspiration Concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and it appears that things will get very interesting for the Japanese brand. According to Francois Goupil de Bouille a.k.a. Infiniti’s European chief, the production version of the Q80 Inspiration Concept will hit the market within to five years and will take on vehicles such as the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS or the Porsche Panamera.

Francois Goupil de Bouille said that the Q80 Inspiration is not only a design study, but also company’s new entry into the large premium segment. In the concept form, the Q80 Inspiration uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine complemented by a hybrid system.

The total output delivered is 550 hp, while CO2 emissions are 129 g/km. Designed in London and Japan, the new Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept is described as an upper-premium fastback sedan.

Read the entire article Upcoming Infiniti Q80 could get a modular RWD architecture from Mercedes-Benz

Last weekend at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lamborghini unveiled the Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo but company’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann also revealed something about manufacturer’s future plans. According to Winkelmann, the Huracan LP610-4 Spyder will make its debut next year but what he also confirmed is a rear-wheel-drive version of the Huracan.

As you may know already, the Gallardo had the LP550-2 Balboni edition, a rear-wheel-drive version using a manual transmission dedicated to Valentino Balboni, its former chief test driver who retired in October 2008 after 40 years spent at Lamborghini.

Lamborghini offered only 250 units of the LP550-2 Balboni and it might do the same thing with the new Huracan. A Superleggera version is expected as well.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder coming in 2015, RWD version also on the list

Dave Leone, Cadillac’s chief engineer, remarked that 2015 will be a "fantastic year” for the luxury brand while confirming plans for a new rear-wheel-drive sedan and a redesigned SRX crossover. Leone told Bloomberg in an interview ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California that the sedan will have rear-wheel drive and will be rolled out in late 2015.

The carmaker unveiled an Elmiraj Concept that previewed such a car at Pebble Beach in 2013. General Motors has so far failed to match the pace of the auto industry in the United States.

Sales at Cadillac even dipped 2 percent while foreign luxury carmakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW gained 9 percent and 12 percent, respectively. GM is banking on a larger line-up of passenger cars and the new SRX to capture luxury customers from BMW, Mercedes and Audi and from Lexus.

Read the entire article Cadillac confirms new rear-wheel-drive sedan and redesigned SRX

Back in June at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley introduced the Continental GT3-R, a new model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. It appears that this limited edition model was a success as Bentley sold all the 300 units that will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in its motorsport division.

Although it was revealed as a range-topping performance version of the Continental, Bentley’s design chief Luc Donckerwolke says that a rear-wheel-drive version of this model is possible and customers are already asking for an even more extreme one.

Donckerwolke said that he wants to celebrate Bentley’s race success and build an even more extreme version of the Continental GT, not only with an updated powertrain but also with a new styling that will closely link the race and road cars.

Read the entire article Bentley design chief wants a hotter version of the Continental GT3-R with RWD

For this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley will launch a high-performance version its Continental GT model that is expected to be carry the GT3 badge. The new Continental GT3 will be the lightest version of th Continental GT, although it is not clear what engine will use.

The V8-powered Continental GT has a total weight of 2,295 kg, which means 1000 kg more than the race version. As a result, Bentley replaced the four-wheel drive system found on all of its Continental GT models ands replaced it with a rear-wheel drive system in order to save some weight.

No matter what engine will be seen under the hood, the Continental GT3 will have around 700 hp. In addition, there is also an aerodynamic kit consisting of a new front lip spoiler, new side sills as well as a fixed rear wing.

Read the entire article Rear-wheel drive Bentley Continental GT3 to be unveiled at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Renault, officially introduced today the 2014 Twingo, its latest city car that promises to bring an impressive design as well as some really interesting features. Developed in association with Daimer, the 2014 Renault Twingo takes its inspiration from the legacy left by the original Twingo and the Renault 5.

Of course, many of you will not be surprised as the new Twingo design was actually previewed by the Twin’Z and Twin’Run concept cars that Renault presented in 2013.

What is really interesting is that the new Twingo comes with a rear-mounted engine, for agile handling and extra cabin space. Moreover, the new Twingo is rear-wheel-drive (RWD), which is actually surprising.

Read the entire article Geneva Preview: 2014 Renault Twingo debuts with impressive design, RWD

A rear-wheel-drive roadster due in 2015 is the lone new nameplate that Alfa Romeo is currently developing. Mazda will build it together with the redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster. Meanwhile, the other products in Alfa Romeo’s plan are being continuously modified ever since Fiat got a stake in Chrysler in 2009. Last July, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne had said that Fiat has several projects it’s working on for Alfa Romeo but he didn’t give any details.

Even when Alfa Romeo's product plan was modified numerous times, Marchionne has been consistent in saying that Alfa Romeo isn’t for sale. Ferdinand Piech, chairman of Volkswagen AG's supervisory board, expressed an interest in Alfa Romeo three years ago.

Alfa Romeo hasn’t had new volume models for almost three years and in fact, its sales for the two nameplates (the 2010 Giulietta compact and the 2008 MiTo subcompact) it has left have been dropping. It’s said to be a nearly Europe-only brand. Last year, the worldwide sales of Alfa Romeo fell to about 100,000 from 132,000 units in 2012.

Read the entire article Alfa Romeo has only a new nameplate under firm development: a RWD roadster

Engineers at Fiat and Chrysler are currently working on a rear- and all-wheel-drive platform for Alfa Romeo, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, sources privy to the matter told Automotive News Europe. Alfa currently does not offer any rwd models, which means such platform would allow the brand to compete against BMW and Mercedes-Benz as such cars are preferred by many driving enthusiasts.

According to two sources, the rwd platform would underpin the Alfa Romeo Giulia mid-sized sedan and a new Alfa flagship sedan, as well as for the replacements for the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger large sedans, and the Dodge Challenger coupe. One source told Automotive News Europe that the rwd project is still a feasibility study and the Fiat and Chrysler has not yet signed it off for production. The first production models under the project could be launched by the end of 2015, the source said.

Alfa initially intended to replace its aging 159 in 2014 with a Giulia sedan and wagon underpinned by the CUSW (compact US wide) platform, which was introduced on the 2010 Alfa Giulietta and widened for the 2012 Dodge Dart.

Read the entire article Rear-wheel-drive platform in works for Fiat and Chrysler
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