From 325ix to i8: 30 years of all-wheel drive vehicles BMW
Anniversary-wheel-drive BMW models.
In 1985, the company BMW for the first time launched a car with drive to all four wheels. Since then, the number of models with all-wheel drive increases constantly. As a result, over 30 years BMW has equipped all-wheel drive 110 modifications of vehicles as part of the release 12 models of different generations. Basically, the company complements the traditional rear-wheel drive four-wheel drive cars. But there is in the model line model with all-wheel drive only. It’s time to look at the history of all-wheel drive on cars from Munich.
All-wheel drive BMW 325i
Model 325i is the first in the history of BMW, which won in 1985 all wheel drive system. The torque is transmitted to all four wheels in a ratio of 37:63 between the front and rear axle respectively.
BMW Touring 325ix
Three years after the company introduced the sedan model 325ix in the station wagon.
In three years the market has been bred a model 5-Series with all-wheeldrive. In this model, the drive control for the first time carried out electronically.
In 1999 the company launched the legendary crossover BMW X5″Sports Activity Vehicle”. Transmission torque distributed in four wheel drive planetary gear in a ratio 38:62 between the front and rear axles respectively.
After 4 years after the debut of the X5, crossover concept continued in a more compact body shape. Thus was born the crossover X3. The new model is the first to get the latest all wheel drive system “xDrive”.
Four-wheel drive in the BMW 3 Series
Two decades after the launch of the first model with a drive to all four wheels, the model comes to market E46, which is available as an option is four-wheel drive system.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007, BMW introduced a new model crossover X6 “Sports Activity Coupe”. In addition to the new generation of all-wheel drive SUV has received a new system of “Dynamic Performance Control”.
BMW 7 Series xDrive
In 2009, BMW’s flagship sedan displays 7 model, which is equipped with XDRIVE.
Four-wheel drive in the BMW 6 Series
Before the advent of the market for modern models BMW 6 Series, the company did not want to give up their production equipment systemxDrive. The craze for all-wheel drive began long before that. Issue 6-series, BMW did not forget to equip four-wheel drive 6-series model line. For example, in 2012, BMW released the all-wheel drive “six” in coupe, convertible Gran Coupe.
Four-wheel drive in the BMW 1-Series
Even the smallest BMW model, each buyer can be ordered with all-wheel drive system.
In 2015 debuted the second generation of the crossover X1. In spite of the fact that the car is considered to be all-wheel drive, the new product was first equipped with front wheel drive.
Hypercar i8 the BMW, an alternative drive to all four wheels. Since the car has two engines, the rear-wheel torque is transmitted from the petrol engine and the electric motor power is transmitted to the front axle.
Family-wheel-drive BMW cars
According to statistics at the beginning of 2016 in the world, every third BMW model, which is in the possession of this four-wheel drive vehicles. At the end of August 2015 BMW sold in the history of the world about 5 million. Wheel-drive vehicles.