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ow does an all-wheel drive BMW M5 xDrive sound to you?


It appears that the German automaker is working on an M5 xDrive model as AutoGuide.com‘s spy photographers have caught this unsuspecting sedan testing on one of the ice tracks used by BMW. At first glance, it appears to be your everyday M5 but upon closer inspection, an undercarriage photo of the M5 reveals a driveshaft at the front wheels meaning this M5 is all-wheel drive.

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Our spy photographers also saw the M5 drifting with all four wheels spinning, but unfortunately it’s more likely that BMW is testing an all-wheel drive setup for the next-generation M5 rather than for the current model. The German automaker’s road map for the 2016 model year doesn’t have an M5 xDrive listed, but we all know that’s not set in stone. It is worth noting that the former BMW M chief engineer, Albert Biermann who is now with Hyundai, had said in the past that the current-generation M5 would never get all-wheel drive.

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Not all that surprised given the HP levels. On the edge of RWD with high 500's and next gen will probably have a little more. And snow belt sales are impacted without AWD.

I am a little surprised they are not going to attempt to do it with sophisticated computer algorithms first since mechanical AWD does have some penalties, including weight, which hurts CAFE.

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Jerry
 
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