2012 BMW M5 to Get AWD

2012 BMW M5 to Get AWD
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BMW‘s new M5 looks to gain more from its X5 M and X6 M counterparts than just their twin-turbocharged V8 engine. According to a report by AutoCar, BMW sources have confirmed the M5 will be available with AWD.

At the recent Shanghai Auto Show, BMW unveiled a concept version of the next M5 and company execs have confirmed the production model will get a version of the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 making in excess of 555-hp. Mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the car will also be far more efficient than the outgoing V10 model, with fuel efficiency being improved through the use of start-stop technology and brake energy regeneration to power electrical aspects of the car.

While not confirmed, the new M5 is likely to get a version of the AWD system found in the X5 and X6 M, taking BMW’s xDrive system to a new level. While all other xDrive models are only capable of sending power front to rear, the Dynamic Performance Control System in the two M SUVs can also distribute power left to right in the rear.

As though there was any doubt, BMW has also confirmed it will not deliver an M5 built on the Chinese-market long wheelbase 5er platform.

The new M5 will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall.

GALLERY: BMW M5 Concept

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[Source: AutoCar]