Since the launch of the X5 ///M it has been rumored that BMW M would bring to market a sedan powered at all for corners. There were rumors of the current F10 generation circulating that had an M5 xDrive being tested, that ended up being the M550d. The writing is now on the wall; engineers will be tasked with building an M5 version to compete with the likes of the E63 AMG 4Matic. BMW M may have realized all wheel drive sells (especially in the North East US), and it sells at a premium and to not compete in that market means lost sales.
All this comes according to Motoring.com and a recent interview they had with Dr. Nitschke, M GmbH President.
“I’ve looked at the numbers and 70 to 80 percent of E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the US now,” Dr. Friedrich Nitschke admitted. “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.” “That’s the timing and it’s not practical to react in the current life cycles. It would also be an additional option, not the only available model, because a lot of M buyers prefer rear-wheel drive.”
While he admits to working up medium-term plans for all-wheel drive M5 and M6 models, Dr. Nitschke insists the M3 and M4 will never turn to all-wheel drive.
“The M5 and M6, maybe in the next generation they could get AWD, but not with the M3 or M4. Never,” he said.
“To accelerate out of corners with this rear-end architecture concept is so fantastic that it [all-wheel drive] is not needed.”