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BMW’s All-New M5 Will Have All-Wheel-Drive


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BMW, as of late, has been really hot and cold with its cars. Between the M2 highs and FWD economy car-lows, the company seems to be trying to please everyone in every market. But today isn’t one of those dull lows. Today, it was announced the new M5 will get a 600 horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 516 lb-ft of torque that will get you from 0–60 in 3.5 seconds — and that’s not even the best part.

BMW is introducing the M xDrive AWD system on the new M5, the first M car to ever shy away from its rear-wheel-drive roots. But before you lick that stamp and send BMW your hate mail, know that it isn’t permanent AWD. You’ll be able to toggle back and forth between AWD and RWD all you want, and in M Dynamic Mode (MDM) with 4WD Sport engaged, the power is biased almost completely to the rear wheels, which, as BMW puts it, “permits far greater wheel slip, allowing the enthusiastic driver to send the sedan into a controlled drift.” Which basically means the new M5 has a Drift Mode, not too dissimilar from Mercedes’ sporty AWD and Ford’s now (in)famous system.

It’s enough to believe BMW still has a sense of humor, somewhere, buried deep in the Bavarian Alps.

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