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Rumor: BMW M5 All-Wheel Drive Being Lined Up

Rumors | May 4th, 2011 by 10
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Rumor of the day in the BMW world comes from Autocar. The UK-based magazine reports on a BMW M5 all-wheel drive. First hint was given …

Rumor of the day in the BMW world comes from Autocar. The UK-based magazine reports on a BMW M5 all-wheel drive.

First hint was given back in April by Albert Biermann, BMW M’s head of R&D, who said that an all-wheel drive M5 is on BMW’s radar to satisfy demand from the snow belt in the U.S. where all-wheel-drive vehicles from Mercedes and Audi are selling well: “There will be some all-wheel-drive surprises on M cars in the future,” says Biermann.

Autocar is quoting another BMW official who has stated that the company plans to eventually produce a four-wheel-drive version of the M5. Despite the internet buzz created in the BMW world, at this point, we were not able to confirm or deny this rumor.

Rumor: BMW M5 All Wheel Drive Being Lined Up

If indeed an M5 xDrive goes into production, the new sporty super sedan will join the X5M and X6M as the first M produced vehicles using an all-wheel drive platform.

The 2012 BMW M5 will be officially unveiled in June, followed by the public reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

  • Manny Antunes

    I’ll still take mine in RWD form.

  • viper

    hold on is an option or a done deal xdrive M5 only?…..honestly I dont care because I dont like its poor looks , have absolutlely no intention of buying one , except used E60 M5,NEVERMIND that… and if its an option for the x version they should also offer two engine hp outputs because the xdrive version will surely be slower to 100 for some 0.1-0.4seconds….580 for rwd and 590 for x. thats my opinion.

    • Shincai

      Again you’re talking bull….
      There’s no need for two engines… just a gearbox with different settings.
      And the xdrive wount be slower from 0-100 km/h in fact it will be quicker.
      It will be slower above 150km/h+

    • Otto

      Not quite.
      AWD gives more grip when accelerating from null (e.g. Porsche 911 Turbo S vs 911 GT2 RS) despite of he weight increase.
      Most of the BMW fans focus only on the power and forget about torque. 680 Nm is far too much to be sent only to a limo’s rear wheels. It’s of course feasible but the car will lose comfort or the ESP couldn’t be disconnected.
      Bimmers will have to get used with the future AWD M versions, cause that’s the price to pay for engine downsizing.

  • Manchester Man

    Good idea. Now no one has any excuse to buy a RS6 unless they are plain VW Bora heads! I will still take mine in RWD no dizzoubt!

  • Mr. Guest

    I`ve heard some other magazines talking about it.. 80% it wont happen..

  • Nnnn

    Wait a minute. Where are they going to put the front transaxle and diff?

  • Nnnn

    Wait a minute. Where are they going to put the front transaxle and diff?

  • viper

    I think the RS6 will smoke this new M5 on straight , however the new RS6 will demolish the M5 a fo sure. not just demolish but humiliate destroy and absolutely dominate this new boooring looking bmw.

    • Manchester Man

      ???? On what basis do you say that? Correct me if I am wrong but most car reviewers and experts many times have said that there is no saloon in the world that has a chassis and balance like the BMW.

      The M5 has always led in it’s class and has always been shitting all over the E63 and RS6 since day ONE. The M5 sets the standards, the rest follow or TRY to be as good. This is also the case with the M3 and will be the case with the new 1M…

      So in a nutshell Viper: BMW is the worlds leading preimum automaker. The M3 is the best in it’s class, backed by Jeremy clarkson and many experts. The same also goes for the M5, where with the touch of an M button it turns into a saloon like no other!

      So let me ask you again… On what basis do you say that the RS6 will be better than the M5?

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