As Mercedes sits on the cusp of adding even more AMG models with its 4Matic all-wheel drive system and Audi’s quattro reigns supreme as a reputation booster, it’s hard not to wonder if BMW will capitulate.
Past rumors suggested there might be a version of the M5 on tap with BMW’s xDrive system, and it could make sense.
Remaining a rear-wheel drive only brand arguably isolates BMW’s M Division from buyers in cold climates, but that doesn’t seem to matter to division head Friedrich Nitschke. “Our philosophy in regards to steering feel and precision is that rear-wheel drive is the best solution,” he said.
Aside from handling, he also said the xDrive system adds up to 198 lbs to a car and points to the M differential as one of the industry’s best.
Nitschke also said that while only offering dual-clutch transmissions in its M cars make sense from a production standpoint, it will continue to offer manuals as long as there is demand.
Finally, he said that there won’t be an M version of the 3 Series Gran Turismo despite the M3 diversifying into sedan, coupe and convertible forms with the new 4 Series nameplate.
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