BMW M CEO Friedrich Nitschke gave some insight into certain aspects of future M models when speaking recently to Autocar.
AWD vs RWD
While current non-SUV M models all remain RWD, as horsepower numbers climb for each successive generation of models, the question has arisen whether future models would benefit from AWD xDrive offerings, to help with traction and getting all that power down to the ground effectively; especially considering the AWD offerings from competitors – such as the E63/CLS63 AMG 4Matic and upcoming RS6/RS7 Quattro models.
To this, Nitschke reaffirms M’s stance on RWD: “Our philosophy in regards to steering feel and precision is that rear-wheel drive is the best solution,” … “xDrive brings an 80-90kg weight penalty and the M differential is the industry’s best rear-drive … CONTINUED
According to an Autocar source, Arnd Meyer, the head engineer responsible for chassis engineering of all recent AMG models, including the SLS AMG Black Series, has left Mercedes and joined BMW M.
The source says that Meyer will eventually head BMW M’s chassis, powertrain and electronics development, although an AMG spokesperson has suggested that a contractual agreement (presumably, a non-compete clause in his employment contract) may prevent him from doing so for some period of time.
This news comes on the heels of this recent report that BMW M may be looking into offering models that compete with AMG Black Series models, in terms of exclusivity. Could BMW M’s pickup of Meyer be related? We shall see…
The 2012 BMW M5 (F10) has officially launched in UK dealers today! On display at the Harold Wood dealership are gorgeous F10 M5s in Monte Carlo Blue and Singapore Grey. Check out some launch photos inside.
The 2012 BMW M5 made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which is taking place this week in the UK. Along with the F10 M5 was the 1M coupe on display, as well as a bevy of other BMWs and other generally cool cars.
The 2012 F10 M5 continues making its testing rounds, but for the first time has been spotted with camoflaged production intent rear bumper and sideskirts. Stay tuned as the M5s striptease continues!
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The F10 M5 continues its performance testing while sheeding some camoflage to reveal much more of its front end design. The beautiful front bumper shape and lines are now very clearly visible, as well is most of the hood. The upcoming M5 will be powered by a twin turbo V8 rumored to produce 578hp.
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Here are the latest spy shots of the upcoming BMW M5, these photos are hot off the press, taken today! Pirelli and BMW are testing different tire combinations for this car, for which the final setup will be of paramount importance. As always, you can find our complete M5 Spyshots collection here.
Can anyone identify the different tire combinations?
Jalopnik brings us these new photos of the BMW M5 test prototype spotted out testing. The upcoming M5 will be powered by a twin turbo V8 rumored to produce 578hp.