Throughout the 1990s we refined the technology, replacing visco locks with electronically controlled clutches for a faster, more efficient response. The result is that today's BMW xDrive system is one of the most sophisticated and intelligent 4WD systems around, being able to vary the power between the front and rear axles by as much as is needed, up to 100% to either axle. This gives excellent traction on slippery surfaces, from damp roads through to snow and ice. To explore the engineering behind BMW's xDrive, visit the Technology page, or jump straight to the models with xDrive.
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