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What is the difference between X drive and s drive On a BMW? Also the difference between, RWD, FWD, AWD and 4WD by mattsbeamer

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What is the difference between X drive and s drive On a BMW? Also the difference between, RWD, FWD, AWD and 4WD
For many years, BMW produced **RWD** cars only. You may ask, What does **RWD** stand for? Well...

![image.png](https://images.ecency.com/DQmPDGnsunJQuXjnaD5xDxj5MCSuuWPRgQhcYyQJPNMb94Q/image.png)

**R**ear **W**heel **D**rive. Cars that are **Rear Wheel Drive**, send power to the **rear** wheels, while the front wheels are there just to steer the car.

![image.png](https://images.ecency.com/DQmTjKrbjYYnoMAJ9rVdA6rofCGBzdEYGN8dPx2wZUiDzUn/image.png)




In the late 80s, BMW wanted a bit of the Audi Quattro action and decided to make **AWD** cars. **AWD** stands for **All Wheel Drive**, (not to be confused with **4WD**). 

![image.png](https://images.ecency.com/DQmWuoRS2o1njEYqqNsusEiDJ54TkKhWm6A8QJAJ5WgfXVQ/image.png)





**All Wheel Drive** cars send power to all **4** wheels, all the time, though when cruising along, the power goes to the **Rear** wheels to save fuel etc. If the car detects that the **front** wheels need to be used, it will alter which wheel gets a certain per cent of power.
![image.png](https://images.ecency.com/DQmeS61K6nSDF85LbH9bnvWwvRRsbmrNRqPZLHgTcdF43BZ/image.png)
*Author:**Michael Gil** from Calgary, AB, Canada* [](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BMW_325ix_(5503295127).jpg)





**4 Wheel Drive** cars are cars that are normally used in **RWD** but can put into **4 wheel drive** with a push of a button or a pull of a lever. It sends the power equally through the **front and rear axles**. ***You should never leave a car in full 4wd because it can mess up the system.*** ![image.png](https://images.ecency.com/DQmXBA8THqvqGUBjT4SijjHMhxJyeGfGAEDHARbXBQgKP4b/image.png)



Anyway, it was the BMW E30 which was the first BMW to have AWD, which in BMWs Language is X. The E30 models had the AWD system were the 1986-1991 325iX  and the 325iX touring. Sadly the E36 never received the X drive, but the E46 picked up the iX name.
 It wasn't only the E30 that received the iX name back then, it was also the E34 5 Series Saloon and Touring.

It was the X5 that bought back the X name, and they became so popular that the X-series grew from X1 to the big X7. ![image.png](https://images.ecency.com/DQmd9RWdnHLRWwybZg9vdbTNRzuT7EhDmWBi7gzygTBjX7E/image.png)



The first BMW I remember using** sDrive** was the X70 X5 I drove in Greece.![image.png](https://images.ecency.com/DQmdoxL79YpoozMKKGREzRjtPqr9GxFn1V8kZk3BSjjauB2/image.png)

 **sDrive** stands for ***single axle drive*** meaning that one axle gets the power. So back then **sDrive** meant **RWD**, though some of the newer BMWs will have** sDrive** on their** FWD** cars. 



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Oh before I forget, **FWD** stands for** front-wheel drive**, meaning the front wheels do the steering as well as receiving the power, while the rear wheels just follow the car...
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Very cool Matt, let’s add 6x6 into the mixwith all...
Very cool Matt, let’s add 6x6 into the mix - with all the different vehicles we’ve driven it’s interesting to see how these systems vary - percentage to say rear will have a maximum percentage available if the need arises, slippage etc, love that e30 M3

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