BMW M5/M6 To Get AWD


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Since the 1970s, BMW has used the slogan “The Ultimate Driving Machine” to describe their brand philosophy. Traditionally this meant that they kept their sedans rear wheel drive to give their cars a more sporting credential, and this is especially true when it comes to their all-out “M”, or Motorsport, cars. However, BMW has just announced that they will be adding all wheel drive to some of their most aggressive sedans.

In an interview with UK’s Autocar magazine, Frank van Meel, head of the M division at BMW, officially confirmed that the bigger M cars (including the M5, M6 coupe/gran coupe) will be getting all wheel drive in the future. Although this might seem like a tactic to lure more customers by having a more useable everyday car, and maybe that’s part of their reasoning, but it does make sense to implement awd if these cars are going to be more powerful moving forward. As it is, the current M5/M6 uses a 4.4L twin turbo V8, which is putting out a ludicrous 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. If the internet rumour mill is right and next generation M5/M6 receive a power bump of over 600 hp, than traction will become an issue.

As most all wheel drive cars tend to understeer, there is fear that AWD will hinder the driving experience from these “ultimate driving machines”. Fret not though, as van Meel went on the record to state that the all wheel drive fitted to the next M cars will be rear biased. This means that most of the power will still be sent to the rear wheels, with power being sent to the front to help with traction.

Currently, BMW sells 2 M vehicles with AWD: the X5M and X6M SUVs. As people are accustomed to the fact that SUVs usually have some sort of AWD system, so nobody bat an eye when BMW released these 2 heavyweights into the market. However, BMW enthusiasts all over the globe will be spreading their distaste on the internet on BMWs decision to not make their next generation “ultimate driving machines” rear wheel drive.

Source: Autocar

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