Our intelligent all-wheel drive system, BMW xDrive, offers a new dimension to driving pleasure. BMW xDrive makes your journey safer in adverse conditions, such as a rain-soaked motorway or snow.
It's available across the range of BMW models, from the BMW 1 Series Sports Hatch through to the BMW 7 Series. More recently and for the first time in the UK, the BMW 5 Series, along with the new BMW M5, has embraced xDrive technology. Like all BMW xDrive models, it now combines elegance, power and technology to deliver a truly unforgettable driving experience.
BMWs xDrive system powers all the wheels in a 40:60 split between front and rear to give better grip, which in turn improves handling and cornering. It's a simple idea, but to get the best from it, power needs to be able to vary between the front and back axles, and between the left and right sides of the car.
An electronically controlled gearbox and multi-plate clutch system allows BMW xDrive models to vary the power between the front and back axles. If wheel slip is detected, xDrive reacts in a tenth of a second to redistribute power to the axle with the most grip.
There is another technology in BMWs range that features all-wheel drive. The BMW iPerformance models feature TwinPower Turbo engines driving the front wheels and an electric motor powered by batteries driving the rear wheels.
Different driving requirements get a combination of power sources; for example. Short distance city driving can be completed purely electrically, while longer journeys rely on the petrol engine. At low speeds where a burst of acceleration is required, the electric motor will kick in to support the petrol engine.
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