Find 0 to 60 performance specs by Vehicle Drive Type
A vehicle’s powertrain or “drive type” can certainly influence its performance stats such as 0-60 mph or quarter miles times. Car drive types include Four-Wheel Drive (4WD or 4X4), All-Wheel Drive (AWD), Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) and Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD). The drive type can impact performance in terms of its unique weight and traction capabilities. For example, typically 4WD and AWD systems are heavier and thus reduce the car’s power-to-weight relative to their 2WD counterparts. Although oftentimes the 2WD versions do not connect with the pavement off-the line as well and can result in a slower 0 to 60 or quarter mile specs. Not all 4WD cars have a 50/50 distribution of power, such as the 2014 Mercedes CLS63 AMG 4MATIC which features a two-thirds rear torque bias in its all-wheel drive system allowing you to still break the back tires if you want to. New car models are progressively launched with optional or even standard full-time AWD systems.