Albert Biermann, M Product Development boss: “No AWD F10 M5 or Touring model”

BMW M5 | October 21st, 2011 by 11
24 hr nurburgring BMW 531 750x500 Albert Biermann, M Product Development boss: No AWD F10 M5 or Touring model

In an interview with Damon Lavrinc of Autoblog, Albert Biermann, Head of Product Development at BMW M, revealed some new interesting things on the F10 …

In an interview with Damon Lavrinc of Autoblog, Albert Biermann, Head of Product Development at BMW M, revealed some new interesting things on the F10 BMW M5.

First and foremost, he Biermann dismisses the idea of a BMW M5 with all-wheel drive in the current generation. “There might come a point with torque [output] where you need all-wheel drive,” said Biermann for Autoblog.

The rumor of an xDrive M5 started last earlier this year when UK publications speculated on the possibility of an M5 AWD model due to the popularity of similar competitor models, especially in the Northeast area of the US.

24 hr nurburgring BMW 531 655x434 Albert Biermann, M Product Development boss: No AWD F10 M5 or Touring model

Next, the Product Development boss at M hints that a Touring M5 is not in works. “Do you know how many M5 Tourings we sold? 1,056,” said Biermann to Autoblog. He is referring to the total number of previous generation M5 Tourings sold worldwide, a number low enough to kill any business plan in its inception phase. Most likely the M division sees to significant return on the large investment and efforts to develop such vehicle. Will we see an M3 Wagon? We wouldn’t count on it…

Now what about the BMW Z4 M, the almighty roadster that purists have asked for? Biermann says he desperately, but again, the business case and financials take over. “There are days when it hurts we don’t have a Z4 M car,” Biermann told Autoblog.

The insightful interview ends with Biermann’s special M5: a car “dressed up” by the BMW Individual team with a custom paint that’s a combination of metallic brown, grey and a subtle shade of purple that shifts in the sunlight.

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[Source: Autoblog ]
  • empower

    build a m z4. there is already a gt3 z4 surly it would not take much to do it is based on the e90 after all. there will cap to fill when this generation m3 goes offline, fixed roof or carbon fibre folding roof?  

  • Mateo

    this m5 is already too expensive awd would make it even more heavy and expensive

  • Manny Antunes

    Oh how fast the minds at BMW change direction….

  • Godfather

    Oh no,there’s not gonna be M5 touring… :(  M5 E60 has gorgeus exterior design and it’s just a little bit slower than sedan.
    Dissapointed M fan

    • Mateo

      join the club – no NA high revving enignes

  • subtotal

    BMW makes me buying a E34 M5 Touring as I hate E61 and they skipped the Touring at E39, what I love. Now they skip the Touring at F11 what I like again. Or I may go with a 550i Touring, more likely 540d and forget about M5.

  • Viper

    to be really honest:

    M5 touring..e60 only 1000sold?…WOW.?!
    f10 M5 touring doest make much sense after that…I wonder how things are doing with E63AMG & RS6 AVANT…they must sell better afterall they still make those cars and-or- they have more money than bmw.which is probably the case.

    Z4 M….sometimes it hurts doesnt it?…well why dont you have a z4 M then? you DO have elephants like X5 M & X6 M , two same cars , it would be much better if you had z4m instead of those two elephants.

    bmw you obviously lack several things and they are:
    -cash
    -bright ideas
    -smart marketing
    -designer team-really good ones
    -smart people

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_URCBCCGXATJP5MR67WZVF3DAW4 MeMeMe

       Z4M not bad idea, perhaps too fast for their competition ?

  • Roland Renno

    Well I’m glad there won’t be a touring M5 as the E61 M5 was much slower and ugly than the E60. Having said that, a sports car is a sports car, not a wagon. Plus if someone wants to buy an M5 touring, then the same better options apply to the X5 M.

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