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BMW M to remain faithful to rear-wheel drive

 BMW M to remain faithful to rear-wheel drive
BMW M550d xDrive

xDrive would add weight

BMW's M division will continue to launch only rear-wheel drive models according to M boss Friedrich Nitschke.

Although competitors like Mercedes-Benz and Audi are offering all-wheel drive versions of their hot performance models, BMW M will not go down this route since installing the xDrive AWD system would increase weight by 80-90 kg. Nitschke also said BMW's M differential "is the industry's best rear-drive set-up."

In a discussion with Autocar about the future of manual gearboxes, he declared as long as there will be demand, BMW will offer them. In the interview he mentioned an M version of the recently unveiled 3-Series GT is not under consideration at the moment.

He also motivated the move from naturally-aspirated engines to turbocharging by saying "it's a change in technology" and "turbocharging is better for fuel savings and CO2."

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 ovia ovia
The novel 4RM system pioneered by Ferrari should take care of all this 4WD weight fears expressed by Beemer. It weighs no more than 30% of typical 4WD add on weight implications!!. I recommend it to BMW...couple this to your obviously class leading power trains and R&Ds at ingolstadt and Stuttgart will be scratching their heads for quite some time to come!!
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February 23, 2013 5:07 am
 amhirst amhirst
"...BMW M will not go down this route since installing the xDrive AWD system would increase weight by 80-90 kg..." While installing the "fake engine sound system" in the M5 does not increase weight??
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February 22, 2013 4:56 pm
 jub_al jub_al
Would it be too obnoxious of me to suggest that M cars are not meant to be driven in "challenging" weather? The way I see it, AWD should not even be a question because when you're driving a "performance" version of any car (M, RS, AMG), it should be for performance, not going to get groceries in the middle of a snowstorm... That's why M SUV's are counter-intuitive to me, and IMHO, people who buy M SUV's either a) have too much money or b)Don't know anything about performance model cars... You can argue that Audis have made AWD on their performance models their unique trait / specialty, but that's due to their roots in rally racing right? same with Subaru... But that's why Audis don't and probably won't handle better than a BMW M vehicle... Anyways, my point is, if you're planning to buy an M vehicle, it probably shouldn't be your only vehicle of transportation or daily driver... it should be your track vehicle, your weekend fun car, and driven in good weather.
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February 21, 2013 3:39 pm
 Bozzor Bozzor
Here is the reason that BMW M cars will, at some time in the near future, have to go to 4WD http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Drives/Sear...
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February 20, 2013 9:11 pm
 Han Solo Han Solo
Yes...I agree... M cars should maintain pure RWD set up... Leave the XDrives for original BMWs...unless you are talking about a Mid Longitudinal Supercar which requires an AWD set up to handle the immense Torque...
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February 20, 2013 7:18 pm
 kimbo kimbo
No M SUVs. No turbocharging on M cars. Bunch of liars.
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February 20, 2013 5:19 pm
 moodyaaa moodyaaa
Good news
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February 20, 2013 5:18 pm
 Microice Microice
I thought they considered xdrive on the current M5 for the Russian market. When you see people denying what they weren't asked you better believe its coming. Hello M4 xdrive and M3 GT
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February 20, 2013 3:31 pm
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
Is there a technology that allows you to switch between RWD and AWD? I don't mean the way Quattro does it electronically. I mean a separate gearbox that allows you to select the powertrain setup, mechanically. Maybe it's time for a company like BMW to start looking into this. Rather than have to decide between the two, I want a car that will allow me to have both. We're seeing self-driving cars, battery-powered cars, hybrids, self-braking/accident mitigation, etc... I don't think I'm asking for too much.
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February 20, 2013 2:54 pm
 Amgforlife Amgforlife
Thats soo true
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February 20, 2013 2:19 pm
 miladjuckel miladjuckel
only a matter of time, until they follow the rest of the pack with all wheel drive. these are the same guys that kept saying "no turbos" and what happened! smh
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February 20, 2013 2:17 pm