While the BMW M5 has always been a rear-wheel-drive since the first generation car rolled out of the factory in 1984, BMW has now announced that the next-generation M5 will get an xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Although the addition of xDrive to BMW M5 has always been an open secret, this is the first time the company has acceded this. The company has gone to great lengths to convince us that the system does not tamper with the soul of the sports saloon. The xDrive has been configured as a rear-biased setup, and the front wheels come into play only when the rear wheels aren’t able to handle any more power and start losing traction. There are three levels of adjustability for the xDrive modes - 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. Therefore, purists can opt for classical rear-wheel-drive setup by deactivating the all-wheel-drive system.
Under the hood is a turbocharged V8 engine mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. A manual gearbox would no longer be an option. There are several advantages of having an xDrive system on an M5. It makes the saloon easier to drive in cold countries, makes it safer in the hands of inexperienced drivers and also gives an easier way to put down all the horsepower on the road rather than just smoking your tyres. The new M5 is expected to be unveiled sometime during the next few weeks.