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10 New Rear-Wheel-Drive Sports Cars

Just Before FWD and AWD Take Over !!

The automotive market is a very competitive one. It always keeps evolving. Hence, it is required to come up with some new technology before the competition. Sadly this means popular technology might disappear just because it is old. Many popular things like FM Radio and Antennas have been removed. The manual transmission option is also on the verge of facing the same fate. There is also uncertainty about how long the Rear-Wheel-Drive transmission will be there.

That would mean no more drifting and burnout. Forget the superior grip and the perfect 50/50 weight distribution. But this is the future we are talking about. We don’t know when this is going to happen. So let’s just take a look at the latest and upcoming sportscars that have rear-wheel-drive transmission.

  • Mazda Miata MX-5
  • Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86
  • BMW M2
  • Nissan Z
  • Toyota Supra A91
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS
  • Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
  • Ford Mustang Stealth Edition
  • Jaguar F-Type P450
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06

1. Mazda Miata MX-5

Latest Sports Cars With Rear-Wheel-Drive | Top 10: Mazda MX-5

Mazda Miata or the ‘MX-5’ is one of the most popular starter cars for beginners. Since first-generation, they’ve been everything from drifters and dragsters to cool project cars. Its latest iteration i.e. the ND model has won many accolades. It gets power from either a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre engine that generates power of 129 to 181 HP. The torque varies from 150 Nm to 205 Nm. It is one of the best rear wheel drive cars currently on the block.

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2. Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86

Latest Sports Cars With Rear-Wheel-Drive | Top 10: Totoya GT86 and Subaru BRZ

The BRZ and GT86 (Now just 86/GR86) are the products jointly developed by Subaru and Toyota. The latest generation comes with a 2.4-litre engine that generates 232 HP and 250 Nm of torque. While both generations of Subaru models are named BRZ, the Toyota models according to generation are named GT86 and GR86 respectively. The Toyota-Subaru Boxer engine from the model is also named one of the world’s best engines in 2013.

3. BMW M2

Latest Sports Cars With Rear-Wheel-Drive | Top 10: BMW M2

The BMW M2 got its reveal via the video game, ‘Need For Speed: No Limits’. The front-engine, rear-wheel-drive car gets power from a 3.0-litre turbo/twin-turbo engine that generates 365 HP and 465 Nm of torque. The Overboost function increases torque to 500 Nm. Its 0-60 mph acceleration time is 4.5 seconds for the manual model and 4.3 seconds for the dual-clutch transmission model. Its top speed is 155 mph but can be extended to 168 mph (with an optional M Driver’s package).

4. Nissan Z

Latest Sports Cars With Rear-Wheel-Drive | Top 10: Nissan Z

Earlier called 400Z (from its 400 HP power output), Nissan officially confirmed that the successor to the 370Z will be called the ‘Z’. It gets power from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 400 HP and 475 Nm of torque. It comes in two variants – Sport and Performance. The design stays true to its ‘Z’ roots. It is one of the last rear-wheel-drive cars of the decade that carries the legacy with some modern upgrades.

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5. Toyota Supra A91

Supra isn’t just a name. It is a Legendary one. It has been the darling of petrolheads. So when the news came that Supra is going to return, fans rejoiced. When the model was revealed, many people were disinterested due to its BMW connection. The fact that it is based on BMW Z4 was quite a topic for memes. But other than that, it surely carries the legacy of the A80 Supra forward. Its 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine makes 335 bhp and makes the car reach 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

6. Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

The two-time eCoty winner Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 always felt like it needed an engine upgrade. Well, the wait ends now. With the 992-gen 911 GT3’s 3996 cc flat-six engine, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS gets the power that matches its styling. The engine makes 493 BHP and 332 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. It is the most exciting take on the mid-engine rear-wheel-drive Porsche Cayman.

7. Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package

Just like its last generation, the 2022 911 GT3 Touring Package eliminates the rear wing from the standard 911 GT3. Mechanically, both are identical. It gets an automatically extending rear spoiler at a speed of 49 mph. It gets power from Porsche’s 4.0-litre flat-six engine that churns out 502 HP. This time though, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional, adding 37 pounds to the overall weight. Its top speed is 199 mph and it can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds.

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8. Ford Mustang Stealth Edition

The iconic Ford Mustang gets another special edition for 2022. Well, it is an ‘appearance package’ to be specific. The ‘Stealth Edition’ is available for the EcoBoost model. It gets clear taillights (opposed to the red ones on the standard model) and black trim. The rear-wheel-drive sports car retains the inline-four turbocharged engine generating 310 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. Its standard top speed is 121 mph and with the EcoBoost Performance package, it gets boosted to 155 mph.

9. Jaguar F-Type P450

Jaguar E-Type is one of the best cars ever designed. The F-type had to carry this legacy as well as take it forward. We can say that it has done that perfectly. With a 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine, the car delivers 444 BHP and 580 Nm of torque. It can do 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Its top speed is 177 mph. It is a good rival to an entry-level Porsche 911 Carrera. The F-type really proves that it is one of the best rear wheel drive cars out there.

10. Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevrolet has been using the Z06 nameplate since the C7 corvette. But that was front engined. Now with the base C8 being mid-engine, the Z06 will also be. Its 5.5 litre V8 engine generates 670 HP. There will also be an optional Z07 package that will unlock its full potential. Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure, it’ll put this rear-wheel-drive beast into Ferrari and Lamborghini’s territory.

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