The sixth-generation BMW M5 will be equipped with an xDrive system. This is the first time BMW has given the sports saloon an all-wheel-drive system since the original M5 hit the production lines in 1984.
While purists might cringe at the idea of an all-wheel-drive BMW M5, the company has gone to great lengths to convince us that the system does not tamper with the soul of the sports saloon. The xDrive has been configured as a rear-biased setup, and the front wheels come into play only when the rear wheels aren’t able to handle any more power and start losing traction. There are three levels of adjustability for the xDrive modes - 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. Therefore, purists can opt for classical rear-wheel-drive setup by deactivating the all-wheel-drive system. Under the hood is a turbocharged V8 engine mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. A manual gearbox would no longer be an option.
There are several advantages of having an xDrive system on an M5. It makes the saloon easier to drive in cold countries, makes it safer in the hands of inexperienced drivers and also gives an easier way to put down all the horsepower on the road rather than just smoking your tyres. BMW has also launched the new 5 Series with an xDrive system. The M5 is expected to be showcased sometime during the next few weeks.