BMW M boss hints at all-wheel drive & weight reductions for next M5

2012 BMW M5 - 15.6.2011
2012 BMW M5 - 15.6.2011

Could weigh at least 80 kg (176 lbs) less than the current model

BMW M GmbH President Friedrich Nitschke has revealed some new details about the next-generation M5.

Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport, Nitschke said the current model is "suffering" and adding all-wheel drive on the next-generation M5 could be a "solution." While nothing is set in stone, the executive said the company would have to consider the effects that an all-wheel drive system would have in terms of weight and weight distribution.

Speaking of weight, Nitschke confirmed the next-generation M5 will be lighter than its predecessor. He declined to mention numbers but said he wants the weight savings to be "significantly higher" than the M4 coupe had over its predecessor. This suggests the next M5 will weigh at least 80 kg (176 lbs) less than the current model.

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ScottCampbell ScottCampbell
Weight reduction accomplishes both performance and mileage without doing anything to the engine. You will see more Carbon fiber especially in the suspension area. Reducing unsprung weight can really enhance handling.
May 10th, 2014 2:28am
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Tbh, AWD is kinda necessary given M5s are making 600hp and known to have traction issues. Tyre technology isn't progressing as fast as we gain power from engines.
May 9th, 2014 7:48pm
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wcfuser20252 wcfuser20252
Its not about performance, its practicality. In colder climates, customers are buying AMG's and S/RS models because they can drive them year round.
May 9th, 2014 7:57pm
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I meant that, even if in the dry, 600hp easily overwhelm the rear tyres, it's about not scaring the average M car buyers
May 9th, 2014 7:59pm
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Bozzor Bozzor
Absolutely correct: to really get 600hp down to the ground with rwd only, you'd need to have tires which are near slicks that would be risky in the wet, so wide they would eat into usable space and/or such a soft compound they'd be lucky to last 5,000km. I can understand why people would worry about 4wd affecting the great rwd handling BMW M cars are famous for, but I hope that BMW will start working some engineering magic to make 4wd as near to rwd feeling as possible.
May 10th, 2014 1:03pm
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