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Rear-wheel driven cars are wonderful to drive, with a great balance and possible hooliganism on the road. Here are some options you can have in Singapore today.

19 Oct 2022

Rear-wheel driven cars typically emphasise more on driving pleasure than say a front-wheel driven or an all-wheel driven one. And that's pretty understandable, considering how there's more road feel when power is sent to the rear wheels only. Front-wheel drive cars, on the other hand, lets you have more intervention and feedback via the steering wheel.

So in that sense, there's ample fun and little compromise to be had when piloting a rear-wheel driven car. Here are 10 wonderfully balanced rear-wheel drive cars that prove that you don't have to be rich to own a darn good car in Singapore right now.

1. BMW 3 Series

The BMW 318i (pictured) is one of our favourites
Needless to say, the BMW 3 Series is one of the best compact sedans in the market to get. It's arguably even the only car you'll ever need. Thanks to the perky 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine that's capable of churning out 136bhp and 220Nm of torque in the F30 BMW 318i (our favourite generation of all time), the Bimmer feels quick and nimble on its feet every single time.

Best of all, these figures are sent to the rear wheels via a ZF-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission, which allows the car to complete the century sprint in 9.1 seconds. You could still get one of these via our used car section for an average annual depreciation of $17k.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven BMW 318i here right now!

2. Honda S2000

The Honda S2k is a superb rear-wheel driven car
The Honda S2000, or more endearingly dubbed the S2K, is admittedly a pricey car to purchase in Singapore. With an average annual depreciation of about $28k, this Japanese hot shot roadster comes in either a 2.0-litre or a 2.2-litre powerplant that's mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Regardless of what you decide on, you'll get about 240bhp and over 200Nm of twisting force sent to the rear wheels, accompanied by a mouth-watering rorty soundtrack, which is the perfect recipe for drop-top hooliganism.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Honda S2000 here right now!

3. Jaguar XE

The Jaguar XE is a very desirable compact sedan
A car that's often overlooked by its peers is the handsome and sleekly-designed Jaguar XE compact sedan. Going up against cars like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series as well as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Jag has always been in the shadows of its more popular peers. Hence, if it's something a tad more rare, desirable and tail-happy that you're looking for, the XE should be on your To-Buy list.

Depending on the variant you're going for, the Jaguar XE can be capable of sending either 197bhp or 247bhp to the rear wheels from the word go. Both variants are fed by a 2.0-litre engine that's married to an eight-speed autobox.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Jaguar XE here right now!

4. Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger proves that Koreans are capable
Ah yes... if it's rear-wheel drive cars that we're talking about, then the Kia Stinger is one of those that will not be left out in this list. The Korean grand tourer has been on our radar ever since it was launched in early 2018 in Singapore.

This Korean beauty comes with two different engine choices - 2.0-litre and a juicier 3.3-litre V6 - with very different outputs, of course. What's really impressive about the Kia Stinger is just how seamless and linear power is sent to the rear wheels and just how harmonious its sheet metal appears. If you're looking for a capable GT that's low-slung and wide bodied, the Kia Stinger will be right up your alley.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Kia Stinger here right now!

5. Lexus IS

The Lexus IS is one of the most stylish cars today
With an average annual depreciation of approximately $19k, the Lexus IS does not come cheap. That said, cheap cars do not come good. In other words, you get what you pay for and in the case of the Lexus IS, it's one of those cars where you will not be short-changed.

The current generation Lexus IS is one of our favourite cars and is arguably one of the most stylish-looking rear-wheel driven cars we've tested all year. This car, in its non-hybrid 2.0-litre form, is capable of 241bhp and 350Nm of torque. The hybrid variant in a 2.5-litre form, if you so choose, is good for 219bhp and 221Nm of torque. And needless to mention, the hybrid variant will save you quite a fair bit at the pumps. During our time with the hybrid variant, we managed an impressive fuel economy of 16.1km/L.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Lexus IS here right now!

6. Mazda MX-5

Fun, fun and fun - the Mazda MX-5 is just that
Whichever generation you decide to go for, the Mazda MX-5 will remain to be a hoot to pilot, thanks to its high levels of driving engagement. With an average annual depreciation of about $15k, this handsome and sporty drop-top Mazda is sure to catch eyes of envy and fingers of jealousy wherever you go.

With 158bhp and 200Nm of torque from the 2.0-litre engine going straight to the rear wheels (the older generation comes with a 1.6-litre), the Mazda MX-5 is the epitome of how a fun car doesn't need to be fast.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Mazda MX-5 here right now!

7. Nissan 370Z

In its Roadster form, the Nissan 370Z is a powerful and fun rear-wheel driven sports car
Similarly expensive to the Honda S2000 is the Nissan 370Z sports car, and for very good reasons. With an average annual depreciation of about $20k, this car comes with a solid 3.7-litre V6 that is capable of pumping out a massive 333bhp and 363Nm of torque to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

More than just the figures, the Nissan 370Z is a sublime car that's direct and communicative whether it's around a series of bends or on the straights, yet has a forgiving setup that's comfortable enough for everyday driving.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Nissan 370Z here right now!

8. Porsche 911

It's a Porsche 911. Nuff said
Arguably the most expensive car on this list, the Porsche 911 is the cream of the crop when it comes to sports cars. Good-looking? Check. Dynamically sound? Check. Mighty quick? Check. Aural satisfaction? Check. Rear-wheel driven? Ah, yes, check.

The Porsche 911 has been the annoyingly good German sports car that every purist look up to. After so many evolutions of the model, the car has never once been a letdown. If there must be one, it probably has to be the price. In the used car market, you can get one for a hefty annual depreciation of about $35k. But it'll be a Porsche you're driving. And a 911 at it.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Porsche 911 here right now!

9. Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ

The Toyota 86 (left) and the Subaru BRZ are fun cars to drive that look good and sporty
The Toyota 86 is a car that was in close collaboration with Subaru, with the latter brand coming out with the mechanically similar but differently styled BRZ. Dubbed as a playful and tail-happy Japanese 2+2 sports car, the 86 shook the world when Toyota launched it back at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

Both the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ come in either a six-speed automatic or a manual transmission and is connected to a 2.0-litre powerplant that's good for 197bhp and 205Nm of torque. And, yes, these figures are sent to the rear wheels. The most notable character of these cars is their balance and poise and the ability to be driven on the command of your right foot through bends.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Toyota 86 here and the Subaru BRZ here right now!

10. Toyota MR-S

The Toyota MR-S is proof that oldies are goodies
Proof that oldies are indeed goodies, the Toyota MR-S is a mid-engined rear-wheel drive sports car that's fun to drive, good to look at and affordable to own. The car comes with a 1.8-litre engine that spins out 138bhp and 170Nm of torque, but do not let the humble figures fool you into thinking that it's a boring car.

Because of its light weight of less than 1,000kg, the MR-S is capable of getting up to speeds quickly and will hit the 100km/h mark from nought in just 7.9 seconds. Best of all, agile handling and stable road holding are two of the many dynamic characteristics this sports car has.

Find out more about the rear-wheel driven Toyota MR-S here right now!

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