All-wheel drive version of the Bmw M5 still under consideration

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 13, 2011

The all-new Bmw M5 made its debut last month at the 2012 Frankfurt Motor Show and was quite popular among automotive addicts. Although the rear-drive car is powerful enough it appears that Bmw fans want even more and are asking for an all-wheel drive version in order to take on cars such as the Audi RS6. “We’re thinking about it,” said BMW M5 Project Leader Max Ahme when asked about an all-wheel drive version of the M5.

Still, he added that if the power is increased you may need an all-wheel drive system.

However, Ahme admitted that the plan comes with some major drawbacks and the most important would be the weight and complexity. “It’s a good idea but it would add 120kg to the car and it’s over the front axle,” he said.

2012 Bmw M5 remains a beast as it is powered by a high-revving 4.4-litre V8 engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology and capable to deliver 412 kW/560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) from 1,500 rpm.

Regarding its performances, it is capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, t200 km/h (124 mph) in 13.0 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h / 155 mph (305 km/h / 190 mph with M Driver’s Package).

The stunning qualities of the new BMW M5 Series combine to create M’s signature design and the 5-Series’ multi-dimensional style. All of these well-appointed features conform to BMW’s technical requirements as well as the fundamental characteristics of the high-performance Saloon.

Showcasing the Saloon’s highly impressive aerodynamics is the lower apron that bears the signature M black slats with three enormous air intakes. Without a doubt, BMW’s latest model has an exceptional overall profile. Take for example, the front apron that represents the powerful V8 engine under its hood. Another amazing feature is the M5’s double kidney grille, which is enhanced by the converging V line contours around the bonnet.

Quite similarly, racetrack-developed air channelling flaps are placed at the front’s lower portion for optimum aerodynamic execution. It only goes to show that the large grille not only serves its function but also underlines the car’s width and distinctive profile.

As a matter of fact, the two air intakes on the sides have the right amount of curves for continuous effect. So basically, the perfect placement at the outer edge further showcases the wide track as the air intakes now replace the usual space for the fog lights.

On the other hand, the new BMW M5 Series is also equipped with bi-xenon standard headlights with LED rings for clearer daytime vision. Together with BMW’s customary twin round headlights, ten more LED units endow the outer edges where the indicator lights are mounted. Surely, nighttime and daytime driving never had never been this bright and efficient.

Topics: bmw, bmw m5, awd

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