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BMW’s Plans for All-Wheel-Drive M Brand Models

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An M version of the 5 Series will benefit from all-wheel drive
Pictured: 2015 BMW X5

If BMW wants to continue increasing its performance on its “top-level” M-model vehicles, it’s going to need to embrace all-wheel drive instead of clinging to rear-wheel drive. The brand has been considering all-wheel drive for its M division as far back as 2011, but nothing has resulted from years of rumors and denials.

Finally, the new chief of the M brand, Frank von Meel, has confirmed plans for the M5. Some all-wheel-drive M Brand models are on their way!

All-Wheel-Drive M Brand Vehicles Only Part of BMW’s Future Plans

Just like we saw the 6 Series revitalized in Detroit this week, we’ll be seeing a new 5-series in 2016–and with it, an M5 variant will arrive in the coming years. Frank von Meel shed some light on BMW’s plans for the upcoming M5 variant.

It–and the similar M6–will have all-wheel drive. However, it hasn’t been determined if this will be standard or an available option. Also, the M5 and M6 will still have a “rear-wheel-drive bias” to aid traction and minimize understeer.

“The philosophy will remain rear-wheel drive, even if there is all-wheel drive,” von Meel said. “As we increase power and torque, then the M5 and M6 will have large outputs, so we’ll look at those solutions with these cars in the future.”


We’re looking forward to an all-wheel-drive M-version of this baby
Pictured: 2015 BMW X5

Here’s other news we learned from von Meel’s interview with Autocar at the Detroit Auto Show:

  • The M2 is still on its way as previously reported.
  • We might see M-versions of the X3 and X4 if the X5M and X6M are successful.
  • It’s unlikely four-cylinder M models will be made in the near future.
  • Electric turbochargers are a possibility to improve throttle response.
  • As the demand for manual transmission continues to decrease, it could soon be abandoned altogether.
  • There won’t be an M version of the i8 supercar, though both divisions could share technology.
  • Von meel wants to use the 1 Series M Coupé as a template for future redesigns

Hopefully this will help BMW compete with the impressive luxury performance vehicles being revealed by Audi and Mercedes.

News Source: Autocar