BMW M5 AND M6 TO GET ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE?

BMW M5 and M6 with Competition Package 1

The concept of an all-wheel-drive (AWD) BMW M5 and M6 is once again in the spotlight. Apparently BMW’s M Division is seriously considering offering both M5 and M6 in all-wheel-drive, thus joining its German rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz who already offer AWD high-performance sedans such as the RS 6 Avant and CLA 45 AMG respectively.

BMW M5 with Competition Package 1

BMW has never been a fan of AWD in its range of sedans, preferring to go the rear-wheel-drive route instead. Since the X5 came along in 1999, the company has gone full swing into the technology, even offering the current 5 Series M50d in AWD (xDrive). Even then, M cars have been immune. Well that might soon change.

BMW M6 with Competition Package 1

BMW M Division boss Friedrich Nitschke has been quoted as saying: “I’ve looked at the numbers and 70 to 80% of E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the US now. On our cars we are thinking of all-wheel drive, but it won’t come before we get the successor of the M5 and M6.”

BMW Concept M4 5

While this is being considered, the upcoming M2 Coupe, M3 sedan and M4 Coupe don’t look as though they will be affected by this decision. When asked if the smaller M cars will get AWD treatment Nitschke apparently just said “No. Never.” Right. The same was said about an AWD M5 too just a few years ago.

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