The Future of the M5 and M6 May Embrace AWD

by Bernie McGroarty on October 10, 2013, 10:26 pm

BMW has been left behind behind in the all wheel drive high performance car market, while Audi and Mercedes' bespoke divisions claim dominating sales with their offerings. Not surprising, considering all BMW's high performance cars; M5, M6, M3, M4 and their variants, are all rear-drive only.

The Sales aren't the only things BMW is missing out on. Mercedes-Benz's all wheel drive version of the E63 AMG, as well as Audi's RS7 and Porsche's Panamera Turbo all run pretty quick 0-62 times in the 3.7 -3.9 seconds range. BMW's M5 and M6 come in around a half a second slower than that. Even the M5 with the Competition Package is slower 0-62, taking 4.2 seconds.

Rear wheel drive offers a great feel, especially coming out of corners, but the all wheel drive is able to get the power down easier. This is why BMW M does have some future plans for all wheel drive in the M5 and M6. Of course this would be an option, due to a lot of M drivers preferring the rear wheel drive. The addition of AWD probably wouldn't happen until the next version of the M5 and M6 came out, according to BMW M's CEO Friedrich Nitschke. That's not until around 2018.

Let's not get too worked up about the introduction of all wheel drive into the M cars though. The M3 and M4 will not have the option and will continue to run rear wheel drive.

What do you think about future M5s and M6s being available with all wheel drive?


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