1938 BMW 325 Review - When Auto experts talk about the first BMW with all-wheel drive, they talk known 3 in 1985 rule over the originally and later a BMW 325iX as BMW 325i 4WD have marketed. This classification, however, isn't entirely accurate because the really first all-wheel drive BMW walked past at the start and that several decades with a very similar name, namely as a BMW 325 built this vehicle, which certainly could be called with much goodwill and slight wink precursor to modern SUV convertibles, between 1938 and 1940.
An old catalogue from the BMW archive tells us many details about the BMW 325, which could not only propel its four wheels, but also all draw.
Just like modern BMW with integral Active Steering has also the 325 from 1938 on an all-wheel steering, the control was at that time still clearly simple and should provide a smaller turning circle in the first place. Straight-line stability at high speeds you had to not think at that time already therefore, because the BMW 325 could achieve only a top speed of 80 km/h.
BMW 325 All-Wheel Drive Vehicle in The Service of The WehrmachtThere is another parallel to many modern BMW and vehicles such as the supposed 325iX 4WD pioneer under the hood, because even the 325 from 1938 is powered by a six-cylinder. From 2.0 liters of displacement, 50 PS were used at that time, what sounds pretty manageable from today's perspective - not only in terms of liters capacity.
By Efficient Dynamics could truly be at that time not the speech that neither dynamic nor efficiency offered the 325 in comparison to the 325iX. On the road of 4WD then catalogue should consume 17 liters, in the terrain was more likely to count 25 liters per 100 kilometers.
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Between 1938 and 1940, 3.225 units of BMW 325 were built and delivered to the armed forces. The lush weight of the SUV prevented greater success, because in many operations off paved roads were a disadvantage which does not compensate for even with all-wheel drive and steering had almost 1.8 tones.