Definition of rear-wheel drive in English:

rear-wheel drive

noun

  • A transmission system that provides power to the rear wheels of a motor vehicle.

    [as modifier] ‘a rear-wheel drive coupé’
    • ‘Today's version is the sixth generation of the breed and over the years the car has grown in size and moved from longitudinal rear-wheel drive to transverse front-wheel drive.’
    • ‘When it's wet, great care is needed at roundabouts, as it's easy to get the back of this rear-wheel drive vehicle trying to overtake the front.’
    • ‘But no doubt this will delight the purists and may even console, to some extent, those upset by the fact that the car is front-wheel rather than rear-wheel drive.’
    • ‘The company's deliberately keeping the initial formula relatively simple: One engine, one transmission, one wheelbase, two body styles and two box lengths, rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.’
    • ‘While we're at it, don't bother picking a car for its front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or mid-mounted engine - pick it because it's pretty.’
    • ‘Purists may favour the handling balance that goes with its rear-wheel drive, but it lacks hatchback versatility.’
    • ‘Perfectly respectable middle-aged men, ones charged with testing far more powerful cars than this, turned into young hooligans when presented with a 265 bhp rear-wheel drive hot hatch.’
    • ‘With a mid-engine design and rear-wheel drive, the Roadster and Coupe have characteristically sporty road manners.’
    • ‘I thought it would be interesting to race rear-wheel drive again after about seven years in front-wheel drive!’
    • ‘Can you successfully build luxury cars without a V - 8 or rear-wheel drive?’
    • ‘The styling and the fancy paintwork were terrific, and I've always preferred cars with rear-wheel drive.’
    • ‘No fewer than three full-time four-wheel-drive systems are offered in addition to standard-issue rear-wheel drive.’
    • ‘In below zero conditions, the argument concerning front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive shifts its emphasis.’
    • ‘Traversing through just a few inches of snow could be a monumental feat for most luxury sedans, most of which feature rear-wheel drive.’
    • ‘Under the hood of this rear-wheel drive car is a 3.5L V - 6 engine capable of 280 hp at 6,200 rpm and mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.’
    • ‘‘This season I've gone from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive and 275 horsepower to 475 horsepower, it's great to be driving something a bit more exciting than a touring car,’ says Michael.’
    • ‘The advertisements tell us, endlessly, that unlike any other family hatchback on the market it has rear-wheel drive.’
    • ‘This plant will be able to make left-hand drive and right-hand cars; rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles.’
    • ‘Powering this front engine / rear-wheel drive newcomer is a 2.0 litre engine with no less than 237 bhp and the red line is set at 9,000 rpm.’
    • ‘One of the most difficult manufacturing issues to overcome was how to install power trains for both front and rear-wheel drive vans on a common production line.’

Pronunciation:

rear-wheel drive

/ˈri(ə)r ˌ(h)wēl ˈˌdrīv/