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Model X segment competition

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by Gwgan, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Gwgan

    Gwgan Almost a wagon

    Aug 11, 2013
    I use the word competition here loosely, but a similarly sized and styled high-end crossover has these characteristics: "…a wet, multi-clutch transfer case mounts to the rear of the eight-speed automatic transmission. This is a unique application, as most AWD systems use a viscous coupling unit. The system is designed to be primarily rear-wheel drive, but the clutches open and close as necessary to send torque forward. The system is capable of sending up to 50 percent of engine power to the front wheels and will send 35 percent forward for a hard launch. The front differential is open while the rear differential features a mechanical limited-slip device. Maserati wanted to mount the engine as far rearward and as low as possible to achieve a perfect 50:50 front/rear weight balance, so the front driveshaft runs along the passenger’s side of the engine and the driver’s side front axle half-shaft actually runs through the engine’s oil pan."— Maserati Levante Powertrain Comes Into Focus - Motor Trend WOT

    So complicated! And mechanical!
  2. RDoc

    RDoc S85D

    Aug 24, 2012
    Boston North Shore
    I think the upcoming Volvo XC90 with plug in hybrid powertrain is a much more relevant competitor.

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