BMW M boss Friedrich Nitschke
In the coming years, we’ll also be able to add all-wheel-drive cars to that list. Though previously BMW M was keen to stay clear of all-wheel drive for its car lineup (its SUVs already offer all-wheel drive), the increased sales enjoyed by close rival AMG after it launched more all-wheel-drive models has got BMW M rethinking its stance.
“I’ve looked at the numbers and 70 to 80 percent of E63 AMGs are all-wheel drive in the U.S. now,” BMW M boss Dr. Friedrich Nitschke said in an interview with Car Sales. “On our cars we are thinking of all-wheel drive, but it won’t come before we get the successor of the M5 and M6.”
With a redesigned 5-Series currently in the works and due on the market sometime in 2016, it means we likely won’t see an all-wheel-drive M5 until 2017 at the earliest. An all-wheel-drive M6 would arrive even later.
Nitschke went on to explain that BMW M would make all-wheel drive an option rather than a standard feature, and that it would keep the M3 and new M4 as rear-wheel-drive cars only.
All-wheel drive would certainly help boost sales of BMW M models, especially in areas where winter means frozen roads. It would also make the cars safer for less experienced drivers and help improve acceleration times.