We've heard this rumor countless times, but now it's back again - the next generation BMW M5 could receive an all-wheel drive system.

We've heard this rumor countless times, but now it's back again - the next generation BMW M5 could receive an all-wheel drive system.

It was 2013 when first 2018 M5 speculations came out and now, as we are approaching the premiere of the new 5-Series in the second half of 2016, BMW Blog is reporting there are strong indications the German manufacturer will offer all-wheel drive for the M5 sedan.

According to the information, European customers will get both RWD and AWD models, while US market will likely receive only the all-wheel drive version.

As one would expect, the xDrive system won’t offer a full-time 50/50 power split, but will transfer power from the rear wheels to the front axle in case of a loss of traction.

“I wouldn’t like to use the word four-wheel drive because it’s always connected a little bit – emotionally – to straightforward driving and that’s not what we’re talking about,” Franciscus van Meel, BMW M chairman of the board of management and former Audi RS division boss commented. “So if we go on a direction of four-wheel drive, for us it will really be like a rear-wheel drive with more traction.”

Our colleagues from BMW Blog are also suggesting the M5 will retain its 4.4-liter V8 turbocharged engine, pushing out more than 600 hp (441 kW). It will likely be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, providing a faster 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration for the lighter new high-performance sedan. 

Note: BMW M5 (F10 US-spec) pictured.

Source: BMW Blog

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