Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Rear wheel or front wheel driven?
Many Americans have no idea if a car is FWD or RWD, they simply have no interest in how a car handles, which is evident in their creations.
tony_w I hope this helps: a FWD car will have a tendancy - when enough power is present - to produce torque-steer. You've probably felt this when accelerating hard, especially in dry conditions, the car literally pulling to either the left, right or both as you pull away. Also FWD cars tend to understeer when cornering: if you go into a corner too fast the front will push out, harder turning of the wheel resulting in loss of traction. The most obvious sign of FWD is wheelspin, which can be felt through the steering wheel as a judder - a bit like the ABS cutting in.
RWD cars are "proper" performance cars. The power is sent to the back, leaving the front wheels to do the job they're meant for, steering. They perform totally differently to a FWD and are how all sports cars should be made. Alfa Romeo chose the FWD route simply due to cost.
With reliability will ultimately come monotony.....