BMW has acknowledged that a four-wheel-drive version of its new M5 is being lined up.
At this moment, there are two M badged models that use all-wheel drive systems, the X5 M and the X6 M, but otherwise the M division is rear-wheel drive friendly
The automaker is keen to hold back exact details about the car, but officials have confirmed that there are moves to eventually produce a four-wheel-drive version of the M5.
No time frame was given, but the all-wheel drive system seems to be a concession to attract more buyers in cold climates such as the north-eastern United States.
Autocar is also reporting that power output will be 552 bhp (560 PS / 412 kW) and 510 lb-ft (691 Nm) of torque bringing 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds. The V8 turbocharged engine is the same S63 unit used in the X5 M and X6 M, but with revised induction and exhausts for sharper throttle.
Set for UK delivery in late April 2012, following the unveiling of the definitive production version at the Frankfurt motor show later this year, the new M5 is said to possess greater straight-line performance than its predecessor while delivering an impressive 25 per cent reduction in fuel consumption.