BMW adds all-wheel-drive to its M models image

BMW will be adding all-wheel-drive to some of its high-performance M models in competition with its German two rivals, Audi and Mercedes.

While Audi has been relying on AWD with S and RS lines and Mercedes-Benz has recently announced on most of its AMG performance vehicles, BMW was the last one to pursue this addition, after only using it on its performance Sports-Activity vehicles.

Frank van Meel, head of BMW M told AutoCar that the “philosophy will remain rear-wheel drive, (but) as we increase the power and torque, then the M5 and M6 will have large outputs, so we’ll look at those (AWD) solutions.”

While with the AWD drive more rubber meets the road improving traction at takeoff, it also had a tendency of pushing cars into corners and resisting the need to turn. New systems managed to get over this drawback with the so-named torque vectoring which improves cornering. According to informed sources, BMW will go with its own vectoring system. Van Meel said that BMW will adopt a rear bias to torque than start with a fifty-fifty power split as it used on the mainstream car models.

BMW has been using the rear-biased AWD on its sport-activity vehicle performance models, like the X5M, so it won’t actually be a first to have and M5 xDrive. The general consensus of the brand for its M line in terms of the all-wheel-drive addition refers to equipping the car models with a switch that allows the driver to lock it into rear-only mode.

With a market out there also for rear-wheel-drive performance, it is only for us to wait and see in the following years BMW will stick to delivering all-wheel-drive M models or extend to RWD.

By Gabriela Florea