Top 10 best rear-wheel drive cars in history compiledMay 1, 2020
Rear-wheel drive cars are dearly beloved by motorists for their special disposition.
It’s no secret that rear-wheel drive cars first appeared in Japan in 1985 on the Nissan R31 Skyline, a car that is synonymous with innovation. However, the technology was popularized by the 1987 Honda Prelude, which was sold worldwide.
As with many innovations, the value of new steering has declined over the years. At the same time, insurers were wary of accounts for the repair of rear-wheel drive cars, since it always turned out to be expensive. Rear-wheel drive cars have disappeared.
Until the engineers realized that as cars of all shapes and sizes get bigger and heavier, active rear-wheel steering systems can help make them more maneuverable. So, the ranking of current models and cars from the past included 10 major cars, which are the best in this segment.
1. BMW 850 CSi
Want to know the reason why the flagship version of the 850 CSi E31 8 series is so cheap these days? His Aktive Hinterachs-Kinematik (AHK) system is in the habit of malfunctioning, and more often than not, it requires huge repair costs. The car was equipped with a 5.6-liter V12 rated at 375 hp. and won the BMW Motorsport. The problem was that in the early 1990s, the car was worth almost £ 80,000
2. Honda Prelude
The Honda Prelude was a car that drew public attention to steering. His system was able to control the rear wheels in the same way as the front wheels by 1.5 degrees and up to the steering input of 246 degrees. With the help of the lock, the rear wheels could move in the opposite direction by 5.33 degrees, which gave Honda a compact turning radius – only 10 meters. However, the cost of a complex steering mechanism was also not liked by insurers.
3. Xedos 9
The Mazda-owned brand enjoyed modest success in the UK with the Xedos 6, but the big car – the Xedos 9 – never became popular. Perhaps this is because the British version has lost the active steering system available in Japanese versions.
4. Lamborghini Urus
Lamborghini has made great strides with the updated all-wheel drive Aventador S, with the ability to disable one of the axles. The supercar chassis then went to the Urus SUV. It was a key element in creating a high-performance SUV that did not spoil the reputation of the second most famous Italian manufacturer of sports cars.
5. Mitsubishi 3000 GT
The 3000 GT received almost the same rich set of options as Doc Brown’s DeLorean: an active aerodynamic system, four-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, adaptive suspension and two turbochargers. However, British drivers chose this particular model instead of BMW or Porsche.
6. Ford F-150 Platinum ZF
When the car is 5.8 meters long and the headland is about 14 meters, the thought of a multi-story parking lot is enough to cover with cold sweat. That is why the latest Ford F-150 received the ZF rear-wheel steering system. Since then, Ford has filed a patent application for such a system on the current F-150.
7. Porsche 911 GT3
The first car brand to receive an active rear steering system was the 918 Spyder. However, the most affordable was the 911 GT3. The company’s engineers did a good job.
8. Ferrari F12TDF
With nearly 770 horsepower, the limited-edition Ferrari F12TDF also received a rear-wheel steering system, which she called the “virtual short wheelbase”. It is noteworthy that the ZF hardware added only 5 kg to the curb weight, which was reduced by 110 kg compared to the standard F12. The steering technology of the special model was later applied to the GTC4 Lusso and 812 Superfast.
9. Renault Megane RS
This may seem redundant in a hatchback, but Renault Sport engineers took advantage of the latest-generation four-wheel steering – the 4Control – making it adjustable depending on conditions and ideal for track days. Renault reports that the steering angle is reduced by 40% compared to the Mégane without a system.
10. Nissan 300 ZX
In 1990, Nissan struggled to convince British drivers that the company, best known for the Micra model, could work with Porsche, so sales of the 300 ZX soon slowed to a small number. Although the model had a lot of interesting things, in particular, the ability to disable the hardware control of all-wheel drive High Capacity Active Steering (HICAS).
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