Most, if not all, high-end sports cars are rear-wheel driven due to the fact that the power transfer from the engine to the tires is more efficient and faster due to the weight distribution of the vehicle. There are many benefits to owning a rear-wheel drive vehicle over a front-wheel drive that 'purists' will swear by. These benefits include better balance, therefore better handling, the amount of wear-and-tear the vehicle's drive-train can handle, as well as the frequency of repairs relating to the drivetrain itself. Check out these vehicles that should have been rear wheel drive, but unfortunately are not.
This vehicle represents Volvo's attempt to compete with BMW's 3 Series but was considered a failure in that department. The first S60s came off the production line in 2000, and are still widely available today. Engines within the S60 range from a 1.6 liter turbocharged I4 to the 3 liters turbocharged I6, among others, and performance can range from as little as 113 horsepower to a massive 346 horsepower from the 3-liter turbocharged engine. The weight of the current Volvo S60 models ranges between 3,400 to 3,900 pounds, classing this vehicle as a `Compact Executive Vehicle`. Although the S60 has extremely good ratings in terms of safety, this vehicle represents another one that should not have been made as a front wheel drive. Volvo's older vehicles are popular for a reason, and a return to rear wheel drive for a model such as the S60 would give Volvo fans a reason to return to the brand.