BMW M boss, Dr Friedrich Nitschke, says the future of the M5 will include all-wheel drive. However, AWD will be an option only and the M5/M6 will still be available in a traditional rear-wheel drive format as well.
Those wanting all-paw traction for their M5 still have some time to wait. “On our cars we are thinking of all-wheel drive, but it wonâ€™t come before we get the successor of the M5 and M6,” Dr Nitschke said.
“Thatâ€™s the timing and itâ€™s not practical to react in the current life cycles. It would also be an additional option, not the only available model, because a lot of M buyers prefer rear-wheel drive.”
Nitschke revealed at least part of the reason for this move is to respond to the likes of Audi and Mercedes-Benz. “Iâ€™ve looked at the numbers and 70 to 80 percent of E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the US now,” he said.
Fans of the M3/M4 will be interested in these emphatic words, “The M5 and M6, maybe in the next generation they could get AWD, but not with the M3 or M4. Never,â€Â Nitschke stated.
“To accelerate out of corners with this rear-end architecture concept is so fantastic that it [all-wheel drive] is not needed.”
It’s not the first time we’ve heard M5 and AWD in the same sentence, but the expected time frame for the launch an all-paw M5 has extended.