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      08-16-2012, 12:32 PM   #65

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Originally Posted by bimmerjph View Post
Or..... FWD could spread like wildfire throughout the line-up. I think that is what most people are worried about. Because even if they say it will be limited to the 1-GT we all know how much faith to put in what they say they won't do.
That could happen but is unlikely. BMW (like Merc) deliver powerfull variants with massive torque. In FWD configuration, they'll need AWD like Audi. This almost entirely eliminates the postive points of FWD (light/spacious/ease of assembly). Of course, you can market it by stressing the security and traction advantages it brings.

For high performance, RWD is still top. But, when all 535d, 550i and M5 buyers trade in their car for a 520d and 520i, than we best start fearing for the RWD future.