|Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 2):|
However, I hope in the future Subie comes out with an STI version, with the STI's engine and AWD system
Discounting the fact that AWD is just plain wrong in a lightweight car designed solely to be engaging for the driver, there simply isn't space in the Toyobaru to put in AWD. The engine, for one, sits almost entirely behind the front axle line, and is so low that there is no room for driveshafts (unless you go through the crankcase, which is impossible).
|Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 19):|
Seat handed BMW a hiding with the front wheel drive Leon in the WTCC.
That's because SEAT have exploited gaps and loopholes in the rules better than anyone else did. For example, they ran diesel-powered cars for the last few years, which have been given an artificial advantage over their gasoline-powered brethren. Even beyond that, this:
|Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 30):|
or 5-speed MT gearbox retaining original gear ratios.
...is probably the biggest reason why BMW is struggling in WTCC. The spec six-speed sequential 'box is designed for transverse-mounted engines, which obviously won't work in a BMW, which uses a longitudinally-mounted engine. Therefore, they have to use what is essentially a factory-stock manual gearbox.
|Quoting Kaphias (Reply 13):|
...except on hills.
I'd love to have an AWD version of the Subie, but since that won't happen if I ever move somewhere where I know I could deal with RWD I'd certainly consider getting one. Great all around car.
|Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 23):|
Now you're having a laugh, my wife had a 2008 E91 3 Series Touring, with spiked winter tyres we often couldn't get from the street we live in up onto the main road, we had the same problem with the 2007 W203 C Class Touring we had before it, this was never a problem with the 2010 V70 or the VW Touran or my two MINI's, none of the FWD's we've owned have had spiked tyres either.
I've said this before, but I've daily driven RWD BMWs for the last six years, and with a proper set of winter tires (studded tires are not always the most appropriate tire for winter conditions, FYI), I've NEVER had a problem with the worst that Canadian winter can dish out. This holds true even for my old E46 M3
, which on the surface of things should have been about the worst possible winter car imaginable, but was actually quite competent in the winter.
Quite a few times I've made my 30-km commute on some of the worst roads you've ever seen in my BMW, only to find out the guy I'm flying with can't get out of his community in his AWD pickup truck/SUV
|Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 27):|
Even in ice-racing, cars are either RWD or 4WD. FWD are simply not competitive, because you can't fling them around - they just understeer right into the snow walls.
I've been ice-racing for the last four years (but not this year, seeing as winter has apparently been cancelled), and while FWD is certainly useable in ice-racing (I race in a stock class with a Mk2 Golf GTI), the fastest classes are all RWD (not even AWD). Wonder why that is...?