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      12-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #162
dcstep
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Originally Posted by M3 vert View Post

Who told you that?
AWD/4WD would get better grip, braking and stopping times especially with the new technology in luxury vehicles these days!

I mean if that was the case, why would they make 4-Matic versions in Mercedes S,E,C classes and why did they launch the X-Drive in the 7 series this year.

Clearly, there was a demand for these kind of systems!
Read Car & Driver's recent winter tire comparison. Winter tires trump four-wheel drive for stopping and cornering. All wheel drive has the advantage on acceleration and nothing else.

People like four wheel drive because it gives better acceleration. Unfortunately, many misplace confidence and think that their X-drive is superior in all other aspects when it's not. Too many people here in Colorado drive their SUVs and X-drives with 4-season tires because of their misguided and misplaced confidence in four wheel drive, right before they ram the concrete median or plow into a Canadian M3 stopped at a light. Four wheel drive cars benefit from winter tires just as much as rear drive cars.

Dave
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