BMW M considering all-wheel drive, cites AMG's success

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Could be introduced on the next-generation M5 / M6

BMW M Gmbh's Friedrich Nitschke recently dismissed the possibility of an all-wheel drive M car but recent events have him changing his tune.

Speaking to Motoring, Nitschke said he looked at the numbers and discovered that "70 to 80 percent of [Mercedes] E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the US now." He then confirmed "We are thinking of all-wheel drive, but it won’t come before we get the successor of the M5 and M6." The executive went on to explain the decision is a result of timing because it's no longer practical to make significant changes to the M5 or M6 this late in the product lifecycle.

Nitschke declined to say when we can expect to see an all-wheel drive M car but stated “The M5 and M6, maybe in the next generation they could get AWD, but not with the M3 or M4. Never." He added that any potential all-wheel drive system would be optional as most M buyers prefer rear-wheel drive.

Source: Motoring

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Garais877 Garais877
Quattro :) bm and mb has to expelled that 4wd is better, not without reason Quattro was banned from all mature championships because it has advantages... Go Audi :)
Oct 4th, 2013 2:13am
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manual-trans manual-trans
Oct 3rd, 2013 9:12pm
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
I'd be lying if I said that this is a surprise. All that poetic love of passion-filled cars goes to crap when you get stuck in the snow or slip in the rain.
Oct 3rd, 2013 2:42am
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Hammerdown Hammerdown
I think a little confusion. Perhaps he is quoting 70-80 percent of all E class sales in NA, since the E63s in US is 100% 4matic...
Oct 3rd, 2013 2:30am
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NYyanks NYyanks
Oct 3rd, 2013 2:18am
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bmw2002m bmw2002m
I'm glad rear wheel drive will still be there although when luxury saloon cars are coming packed with 570 bhp you've got to wonder how much of that can be put down on the road on a wet day. Look at it this way - if I was in an RS6 Avant and the guy beside me was in a Ferrari F12, it is raining HEAVILY - I would be pretty confident I could burn him up to 100 mph no problem.
Oct 3rd, 2013 1:47am
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AWD will probably just be an additional variant for markets that would greatly benefit from it. I don't see the big problem here as RWD will still be widely available. This is just to accommodate for climates that aren't RWD suitable. Relax people.
Oct 3rd, 2013 12:31am
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Pagani Pagani
Simply the latest "never" to become "definitely". First there was the "never an M SUV." Then came the "never an automatic M". Then, "Never a turbo-charged M". Then, "never an AWD M."... You catch the drift: there is no such thing as "never" at the M division.
Oct 2nd, 2013 10:32pm
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
M stands for Maybe
Oct 3rd, 2013 1:44am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Lol! Never say never
Oct 3rd, 2013 4:33am
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Hammerdown Hammerdown
I will get a 2014 E63 S, but would rather have a M6 Gran Coupe. Decision made because of the all-wheel drive. I had a 750i with x-drive, and my friend had 750i rwd that was TOTALLY undrivable in snow. M with xdrive is already in the X5M and X6m.
Oct 2nd, 2013 10:32pm
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hitar_potar hitar_potar
And when the tuning companies start tuning the 435 variant with the x-drive, it will become better than the M4... :D :D :D
Oct 2nd, 2013 10:15pm
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sm106 sm106
Seems like they decide everything based on US clients... what about the rest? what are the percentage?
Oct 2nd, 2013 9:58pm
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HighRevs HighRevs
I wouldn't complain if EU clients get GTS, CRT, and CSL variants...
Oct 3rd, 2013 12:11am
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