Go Back   Team-BHP > Under the Hood > Technical Stuff


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 23rd June 2008, 19:08   #166
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Vizag
Posts: 1,983
Thanked: 1,341 Times
Default

RWD any day! Pity, we only have FWD hatches and sedans in India, I mean this side of Mercs and Beemers. Front wheels should be used for steering the car only. Compounding steering with propelling the car forward seems to be the reason ( to me ) why we hear that ugly tuk-tuk-tuk driveshaft sound while taking sharp turns in most FWD cars that have logged considerable Kms.
pgsagar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2008, 00:30   #167
BHPian
 
sujithnk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cochin
Posts: 128
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

RWD for me too . Again i would prefer a traction control which i could turn on and off.
Thanks
sujithnk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th September 2008, 17:32   #168
BHPian
 
CaliforniaKnight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: IND + DXB
Posts: 938
Thanked: 35 Times
Default

RWD anyday over the FWD.Youcan actually understand the difference the moment you take a curve at high speeds,infact I did when i took the 325i and the Accord the same night.
CaliforniaKnight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th September 2008, 11:58   #169
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 189
Thanked: 6 Times
Default

Been driving RWD most of my life. For performance, RWD anyday. For real life situation with traffic and all, It really doesn't matter. In fact FWD does provide better traction on slippery surface.
kaynmantis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th September 2008, 13:16   #170
BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 444
Thanked: 63 Times
Default

Which of these are costlier for the manufacturers in India? RWD right? I am assuming that cost may be the major factor why they do not offer RWD in hatches and sedans locally
kalpeshc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th September 2008, 14:31   #171
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 189
Thanked: 6 Times
Default

Im no expert, but I too believe cost is a major factor. Though not offering RWD in hatch and sedans are not a local phenamenon. It appears to be the case globally, especially for lower segment cars. The high-end cars usually comes in RWD or AWD.
kaynmantis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th September 2008, 15:16   #172
BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 444
Thanked: 63 Times
Default

Will it be difficult for someone driving FWDs for their entire life to adjust to a RWD? What kind of an experience is that?
kalpeshc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th September 2008, 16:29   #173
Senior - BHPian
 
planet_rocker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bong-land
Posts: 2,320
Thanked: 365 Times
Default

if you drive slow - you will not find much difference.

Last edited by planet_rocker : 18th September 2008 at 16:30.
planet_rocker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th September 2008, 17:00   #174
Senior - BHPian
 
Shan2nu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Hubli - Karnata
Posts: 5,525
Thanked: 87 Times
Default

I would never write off a car just bcoz it's a FWD. There are many other factors that go into making a car handle well.

Take this comparo for example

Honda Civic Type R vs Honda S2000

Engine Capacity :
CTR - 2ltr
S2K - 2.2ltr

Power :
CTR - 225ps
S2K - 242ps

Torque :
CTR - 21.5kgm
S2K - 22.5kgm

Weight :
CRT - 1270kgs
S2K - 1250kgs

So the S2K has 200cc more engine capacity, 17ps more power, 1kgm more torque, 20kgs less weight and it's a RWD.

Technically that makes it a winner in every respect right?

Now watch this :

Shan2nu
Shan2nu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th September 2008, 17:50   #175
BHPian
 
ssjr0498's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Blr-Ccu
Posts: 642
Thanked: 118 Times
Default

HAHAHA!! man Tsuchiya laughs like an idiot hehehe!!!! But a nice informative video!

Cheers
Shrey

Last edited by GTO : 20th September 2008 at 14:55. Reason: No inappropriate language please
ssjr0498 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th September 2008, 20:48   #176
Senior - BHPian
 
Ricky_63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 3,846
Thanked: 375 Times
Default

I think that an average driver would not find a big difference in RWD & FWD. Unless you are into fast cornering (rally style driving). FWD are a definate advantage in trecherous conditions like snow, as the car is pulling not pushing.

Places where there is snow etc people prefer FWD vs RWD. Or better still AWD or 4WD

Steering would be more responsive on a FWD as they are the "driven wheels" am I talking thru my hat ???? LOL LOL



Cheers

Last edited by Ricky_63 : 18th September 2008 at 20:50.
Ricky_63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th September 2008, 14:00   #177
Senior - BHPian
 
Ricky_63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 3,846
Thanked: 375 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kalpeshc View Post
Which of these are costlier for the manufacturers in India? RWD right? I am assuming that cost may be the major factor why they do not offer RWD in hatches and sedans locally

If that were the case the "DOLPHIN" would not have been a RWD would it ?
Ricky_63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th September 2008, 15:26   #178
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 189
Thanked: 6 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ricky_63 View Post
If that were the case the "DOLPHIN" would not have been a RWD would it ?
If you mean this dolphin. It appears to have a rare engine (article says its based on scooter engine). Meaning, drive wheel is directly linked to the engine, similar to FWD where drive wheel is directly linked to engine, just the other way round.
Attached Images
 
kaynmantis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th September 2008, 19:18   #179
BHPian
 
rrs1951's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 29
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

I have driven both RWD and FWD cars. Most of my driving has been in city - Mumbai. A id not find any appreciable difference between the two. The differences I found were because of other factors - sophistication levels etc.
rrs1951 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th September 2008, 21:27   #180
Awaiting Email Confirmation
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: India
Posts: 1,745
Thanked: 19 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rrs1951 View Post
I have driven both RWD and FWD cars. Most of my driving has been in city - Mumbai. A id not find any appreciable difference between the two. The differences I found were because of other factors - sophistication levels etc.
day to day driving the FWD and RWD will not be different at all. RWD is fun in the right hands, and dangerous in the hands of inexperienced people.

I remember downshifting and accelerating during an overtaking maneuver while I was learning in a 137D, did a beautiful 180 degree turn and before I knew it, was facing the way I came, terrifying the surrounding traffic and myself equally.
rippergeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
From a 4 Wheel drive to a rear wheel drive. My Contessa kittigadu Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 16 7th November 2011 14:28
How do front wheel drives and Rear wheel drives behave in a skid adrian Technical Stuff 10 29th June 2011 17:51
Front wheel drive Vs Rear wheel drive ivar1951 The Indian Car Scene 2 17th March 2010 15:08
Rear wheel drive or Front wheel drive : What is your choice ? adrian Technical Stuff 1 25th January 2010 16:26
Cons & Pros of putting 17" front and 18" rear Wheel in Honda Unicorn sreerama Motorbikes 11 8th December 2008 19:31


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 21:03.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks