Originally Posted by Blk_Bonneville
As far as the front wheel drive vs. rear wheel drive issue, anything is possible with enough $$$ but having 700+ HP in a front wheel drive car is like shooting yourself in the foot. Once u start making serious power like that rear wheel drive is the only way to go. Just my opinion.
I would tend to agree with Blk, FWD cars have a tendency to understeer in low traction situations (winter is an example). As long as we are gentle on the accelerator, we can control this. But in a low traction situation, having the power to the same wheels that control the direction of the vehicle substantially cuts down on directional control.
A RWD vehicle has the opposite problem. In a low traction situation a RWD vehicle is prone to oversteer. However, since the directional control comes from primarily the front wheels, we can counter steer.
Both setups have their pros and cons. I like both for different reasons. But 700 HP to the front wheels would have the same directional control problems that a FWD car has on ice. Unless you have VERY STICKY TIRES, you won't have control under WOT.
And yes, it does take more HP to burn out in a RWD because of the weight transfer from front to back under heavy acceleration, and because there are more mechanicals involved that will rob some of the at-the-wheel HP (rear differencial, universal joints, carrier bearings, and drive shaft). But its all worth it when fishtailing with smoke billowing out of your rear wheel wells. [BTW, powerbreaking is for sissys. That is the only way to get a chevette to do a burn out. I know because I had a 1984 chevette sport (2 door) with a 5 speed manual tranny (I loved that car, I wanted to do a 3.8 Buick Turbo conversion sooo bad. But the unibody was too far gone)].
For those of us who prefer a RWD, be patient. If what Pontiac says is true, the Bonneville will fulfill this need, too.