We’ve received confirmation that BMW is developing plans for the M5 and M6 in all-wheel-drive from no less than BMW's M division chief Dr. Friedrich Nitschke. There have been rumors for many years about the possibility that the M5 and M6 will come in AWD. BMW likely felt that it had to catch up to its rivals, Mercedes' AMG and Audi's RS models, which already offer AWD in their lineup.
However, fans have a long time to wait as the M5 AWD and M6 AWD would probably be released only after several years. This technology will be used first on the M5, a year after the release of the next generation 5-series either in 2016 or 2017. Before, the M division had the X5 M and the X6 M. However, the two are based on an all-wheel-drive architecture.
Meanwhile, the M5 and M6 are based on a rear-wheel-drive system. Furthermore, Nitschke asserted that the M3 and M4 will not be distancing from its highly impressive rear-wheel-drive architecture.
Importance placed sensibly on certain areas of design upgrades the satisfaction of the superior driving experience in the BMW M5 high-performance sedan. In line with the unveiling of the all-new BMW 5-Series Sedan, the brand-new BMW 5-Series Touring and the freshly-minted BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo, BMW M GmbH's best model is likewise undergoing a meticulously conceived modification. Fine-tuned design highlights the trademark M athleticism and challenging presence of the all-new BMW M5, while the optional Competition Package, new hardware components and a further expanded range of BMW ConnectedDrive features highlights its ingenious character.
The BMW M5 is operated by a 4.4-liter V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo innovation and peak yield of 412 kW/560 hp. In combination with the seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission, the Active M Differential at the rear axle and model-specific suspension innovation are accurately tuned to the performance curve with racing know-how. As a result, this high-revving power unit ensures exceptional dynamic driving performance. For a further lift in performance, the Competition Package now comes as an addition with features that take advantage of a new dimension of dynamics in classic BMW M style.
Competition Package was particularly conceived to enhance the handling qualities of the BMW M5. With the Competition Package, the yield of the high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo innovation is elevated to 11 kW to 423 kW/575 hp. Likewise, the recently created M carbon ceramic brakes have been available as an alternative since March 2013.