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Old 02-15-2007, 01:29 PM   #31
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Why is GM switching back to rear drive on some of there cars such as the POntiac G8 when rear wheel drive is soo impracticle y dont they continue with front drive?
So they can keep up their pace...years behind the competition.



But seriously,

For higher powered V8 engines RWD is a MUST.

In a FWD vehicle, the front tires have to split their traction ability between accelerating/decelerating and turning. In a RWD this isn't the case, and you can ask more of your tires.
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BonneMeMN, I am sorry you could not understand the intent of my post. This is all I was trying to say:

Bonneville does not equal BMW so you canít compare them fairly. BWM is top of the line, handling-oriented suspension; Bonneville is no where near it.

I agree that in a fair comparison, RWD will handle better than FWD.

The difference in a fair comparison will be less than the difference in an unfair comparison.
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I am thrilled Pontiac is bringing back RWD. I think it is just what they needed to get their edge back.

I agree 100% with RWD being a fine DD. Especially with all the traction control and snow tire advancements. A friend of mine had a 300C for a while, he said he could hardly keep the TC from engaging in the winter.
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RWD was the ONLY way people got around until around the early 80'*, and not everyone died in the snow, 90% or more of the cops in america use RWD every day.
The Toronado came out in 66 and was always FWD.
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RWD was the ONLY way people got around until around the early 80'*, and not everyone died in the snow, 90% or more of the cops in america use RWD every day.
The Toronado came out in 66 and was always FWD.
And the Eldorado followed suit not long after (1972? {i dont feel like looking it up}
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And the Riviera in 79.
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RWD is the way to go . Sucks in the snow, though...
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RWD doesnt "suck" in the snow.... its just different in the snow...

I prefer RWD in snow because i have more control over the car. When a FWD car looses traction, it looses steering as well as acceleration ability. Atleast with a RWD car a loss of traction does not mean loss of steering too.

toss some snow tires on a RWD car and its no worse than a FWD with all-seasons
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We can agree that there were some exceptions with FWD in the past; however, RWD was more prevalent.

I'm not directly comparing a BMW to a Bonnie. However, I will compare a G8 to a Bonnie and GP. The G8 is their replacement. There will be much handling improvement because of the RWD.
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The Toronado came out in 66 and was always FWD.
My point was with the main driving public. It didn't really catch on strong until the '80s rolled around.
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