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I just noticed a particular difference<BR>between BMW and most other cars - how/why<BR>do the front wheels on BMWs sit so much<BR>further forward than Volvo/VW/Audi etc?<P>The BMW 5 series has just a couple inches<BR>of body in front of the front wheels, where<BR>Volvo and Audi both have about a foot or<BR>so.
 

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Not sure if I can explain this better than the others, but the BMW setups are like that mainly because they want have a more balance weight distribution.<P>Imagine, having that engine mounted right on top almost behind the front axle (correct?), will reduce so much swing weight or just weight in general in the front of the car, thus keep the car more balance....remember, bmw makes few of the best handling RWD cars in the world...if not the best handling cars in the world.<P>Setup like this makes very good sense for performance, but I'd be bit scared to find out how little room they have for the front bumper. But hey...if there are thousands and thousands of people driving the highspeed-death-trap Vette, nothing wrong with short bumper performance German cars, right? <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif">
 

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Also...RWD allows a longer wheelbase and a more forward positioning of the front wheels. The longer wheelbase provides better handling.
 
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