Mad Panic! I have just rushed out to check, but both my V4s have the engine in front of the gearbox!Originally posted by Olaf:
[qb]The 96 V4 also has lenghtwise engine and FWD, gearbox is placed in front of the engine.
It is probably a reflection of my age (a sad old git of 45) that I remember that when the crankshaft was perpendicular to the axis of the car this was called either 'in-line' or 'conventional', most other cars of the era having engines mounted this way. Principally it was the mini and 1100/1300 series etc which were unusual with it's transverse or 'unconventionally' mounted engines. The majority of front wheel drive cars of the sixties and early seventies had 'in-line' engines with many having the engine in front of the front axle (understeer city) like Audi whilst the small Renaults of that era (4, early 5 and 6) had the engine in front and that weird gearlever poking through the dashboard with the linkage running over the rocker box!. The bigger ones (12, 15, 17, 16, 20) had the engine in front of the axle line. More understeer! as if there wasn't enough on french cars of that era. IIRC Citroens were pretty much the same, but you could fit castors to the door handles to improve cornering stability