The blokes over at British enthusiast magazine Autocar are reporting that the next-generation BMW M5 will be offered in an all-wheel-drive version. But fear not, purists: the AWD version is expected to be in addition to the traditional rear-drive configuration, not supplanting it.
Thankfully, the engineers in Munich seem committed to keeping the next M-5performance-focused, as questions regarding a long-wheelbase M5 were forcefully answered in the negative. A long-wheelbase 5 Series is currently sold in the Chinese market, where many premium cars are chauffeur-driven.
The F10 M5 marks a departure from BMW’s traditional high-revving, normally-aspirated engine configuration for its M models. The trend began with the X5 and X6 SUVs, and continued with the 1 M, powered by a twin-turbocharged inline-six. It’s believed the next-generation M3 will likewise have a turbocharged six-cylinder in place of its current 4.0 liter normally-aspirated V-8.
The official production version of the M5 is expected to be revealed at this year’s Frankfurt motor show in September. If true, it’s unknown whether BMW will officially announce the AWD version at that show, or will wait until a later date to announce the new configuration.
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