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High-Performance AWD Vehicles of 2016

By Mike Meredith of AutoNXT | Slide 1 of 24: All-wheel drive has long been recognized for its advantages in adverse weather conditions such as ice, snow and rain when available traction is at a minimum. Today’s AWD systems have become so advanced that many high-performance vehicles incorporate high-tech AWD systems to maximize traction even in dry conditions. Most systems include some combination of electronic controls, sophisticated differentials and torque-splitting devices to transfer torque between the axles and from side to side in fractions of a second. What follows are the latest high-performance vehicles employing AWD to enhance performance. But remember, if a vehicle rides on summer tires for maximum performance, to take advantage of all-wheel drive in winter weather conditions the tires will need to be changed to at least high-performance all-season tires, if not dedicated winter tires — no AWD system will keep a vehicle out of a snowbank if it’s shod with summer rubber.

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All-wheel drive has long been recognised for its advantages in adverse weather conditions such as ice, snow and rain when available traction is at a minimum. Today’s AWD systems have become so advanced that many high-performance vehicles incorporate high-tech AWD systems to maximize traction even in dry conditions. Most systems include some combination of electronic controls, sophisticated differentials and torque-splitting devices to transfer torque between the axles and from side to side in fractions of a second. What follows are the latest high-performance vehicles employing AWD to enhance performance. But remember, if a vehicle rides on summer tires for maximum performance, to take advantage of all-wheel drive in winter weather conditions the tires will need to be changed to at least high-performance all-season tires, if not dedicated winter tires - no AWD system will keep a vehicle out of a snowbank if it’s shod with summer rubber.

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