Future BMW M performance cars will come with an all-wheel drive system M CEO Frank van Meel has said. Now, this is not first time that the Bavarian company’s M car will introduce the technology, as the BMW X5M and X6M feature the all-wheel drive technology. Undoubtedly, after driving both, we can say these machine can occasionally beat the bushes off the road and this tech does work without any complaints.
Frank van Meel, CEO, BMW M, recently confirmed that future cars from BMW's M-division will be available with four-wheel drive, but suggested that rear-wheel drive will remain the default set-up. Cars such as the M5 and the M6 already produce power that demands an all-wheel drive setup to put the power down on the road.
Reportedly, the company’s engineers are working hard to improve traction, stability and torque vectoring systems to deliver maximum grip with the existing rear-wheel--drive setup. “They’re still wedded to rear-wheel drive for philosophical reasons, but it’s already getting hard to sell them at 610bhp-plus in markets such as Canada and Switzerland,” he added. However, the 'xDrive' branding will be dropped for the M-performance saloons. Van Meel suggested a new moniker such as '2+2WD' or something similar will be developed specifically for the same.
The nex-gen 5-Series seems to inherit the autonomous technology of the latest 7-Series and the contemporary 48-volt electrical architecture, enabling it to feature hands-off operation up to a pre-determined speed, an anti-collision system and fully autonomous braking, Van Meel said that the performance model would get only a small selection.