The intelligent all-wheel drive system from BMW.

Weather changes and road situations can change in a flash, whatever the season. But with xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, your car will respond quickly to allow you to enjoy maximum driving pleasure, even on the most difficult road surfaces.

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BMW xDRIVE.The intelligent all-wheel drive system from BMW.
    BMW M850i xDrive


    4WD, all-wheel drive and 4x4 are all terms that are used interchangeably, but all equate to the same thing. BMW xDrive is powered by an extra layer of intelligence, making it one of the most technically advanced all-wheel drive systems in the segment.

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    In snow, ice, wet or muddy conditions, a conventional vehicle’s front or rear wheels can lose grip. With BMW xDrive, intelligent Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) sensors detect the slightest loss of grip, and using an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch, divert the power to the set of wheels that have the best traction, reacting much faster than traditional, hydraulically-operated systems. And unlike other all-wheel drive vehicles, BMW xDrive is a fully variable system that can send almost 100% of the power to either axle, offering instantaneous and effective transfer of engine power.

    The result? Your BMW holds the road exceptionally, handling nearly every twist in the road and turn in the weather. And what's more, thanks to TwinPower Turbo engines and EfficientDynamics technologies, BMW xDrive models benefit from remarkably low CO2 figures too.

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    Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

    DSC detects a spinning wheel and applies the car's brakes to limit spin. It also activates if it detects understeer or oversteer, i.e. if the car is not going where the driver is steering, allowing the driver to regain control of the car.

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    Dynamic Performance Control

    Some BMW xDrive models are fitted with Dynamic Performance Control, which works in combination with DSC. Rather than braking the spinning wheel it uses electronically controlled clutch plates to speed up the slower wheel.

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    In addition to BMW xDrive, there is also BMW M xDrive. This has been specifically engineered with the ambition of enhancing the driving experience, as expected of all BMW M products. Thanks to the central driving dynamics management system, which ensures that all of the data from the various driver systems are controlled through one centralised hub, M xDrive has the power to adjust the vehicle driving dynamics and settings to match the conditions.
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