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BMW Considering All-Wheel Drive in All Future M Cars

Jeff Perez
4 October 2013

If you consider yourself a BMW enthusiast, M enthusiast, rear-wheel-drive enthusiast, or all of the above, this might be hard news to swallow. Following in the footsteps of AMG and Audi’s RS line, BMW M engineers are considering the switch from rear-wheel to all-wheel-drive with its next generation of sportscars.

Talking to Australia’s Motoring.com.au, M president Friedrich Nitschke said that AWD is likely in the cards, although, it probably won’t come for some time. “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,” stated Nitschke.

BMW M5 2
BMW M5 2

This news, Nitschke admits, follows in Audi’s footsteps, but is more specifically targeted at the new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, explaining that, “70 to 80 percent of E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the U.S. now.” An impressive number where BMW may be falling behind.

Neither BMW nor M execs have made a final decision, but, considering the success of Audi and AMG, the idea will receive serious consideration.

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