It might be almost 2020 when it happens, but BMW M models will finally bring all-wheel drive to its production cars.
Despite its German counterparts, including AMG and Audi, offering all-wheel drive in their high-performance lineup, BMW’s M models including the new M3 and M4 are available in rear-wheel drive only. But BMW’s M Division president wants to change that after acknowledging that 70 to 80 percent of the E63 AMGs sold in North America are all-wheel drive.
Unfortunately, all-wheel drive won’t join the conventional M lineup until we see the next-generation M5 and M6 models, which means it’ll be close to 2017 or even 2018 before AWD M vehicles become a reality. According to Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, all-wheel drive will be offered as an option and won’t be the only available model since many M owners still prefer rear-wheel drive.
That’s not to say that BMW’s M division doesn’t offer any vehicles with all-wheel drive. The X5 M and X6 M are both based on all-wheel drive architectures, but the coupes and sedans are all based on rear-drive platforms. Interestingly enough, Nitschke clarified that the M3 and M4 will never get an AWD option stating that “To accelerate out of corners with this rear-end architecture concept is so fantastic that it is not needed.”
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