The Official Word on AWD vs. AWD-V - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: The Official Word on AWD vs. AWD-V

April 07, 2011


Perhaps you remember my post last week pointing out the confusion in the Juke's owner's manual regarding the difference between AWD and AWD-V modes. Following is the official word straight from Nissan PR.

"AWD-V has full torque vectoring and AWD has minimal torque vectoring.

The AWD system uses two multi-plate electromagnetic couplings to shift torque from left to right on the rear axle, one on the left and one on the right. The drive shaft to the rear axle spins the rear pinion gear whenever the vehicle is moving. The AWD control module uses data from the stability control system (steering angle, wheel speed, yaw rate, etc.) to determine how much torque is distributed to the right or left rear wheel. In AWD-V mode up to 100% of the available rear axle torque (50% of the total torque) can be sent to the outside wheel to help rotate the car through a corner.

In AWD mode the torque vectoring still takes place but with less torque transferred to the outside wheel. The idea being that pushing extra torque to the outside wheel on a slippery surface may cause additional slip in that wheel and may trigger the stability control system to intervene which is not desirable.

Bottom line – AWD-V has full torque vectoring capability and AWD has minimal torque vectoring for slippery surfaces. AWD-V is designed to primarily enhance handling while AWD is designed as a traction aid on slippery surfaces."

So there you have it. Hope that clears it up.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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