Some of you may scoff at the question posed above, but you really have to give it some though.
Before you throw tomatoes at me, let's THINK:
BMW has gone against every "rule" that existed with its M division:
1) Manual transmissions aren't the only option anymore.
2) All-wheel drive models exist in the X5/6M.
3) Sport-utility Ms are alive and well.
4) Naturally aspirated -- not the case.
5) Hell, even the BMW 1M doesn't use an "S" motor.
In reality though, none of those rules matter anymore. Now it's all about simply going fast.
And if there is one lesson that every automaker that simply wants to go faster can learn from the Nissan GT-R -- which essentially defies physics -- it's that all-wheel drive can make a significant difference. Sure, it will add some weight but where grip is needed, AWD ensures it's put down.
On top of this, the internet rumormill was abuzz with news that the all-new M5 would have an xDrive option. As of now that's not the case but if that changed, we wouldn't be shocked.
BUT, we want to know: Should BMW's next-gen M3 have an xDrive option?
Not only would it make the BMW more easily acceptable to daily drivers in snow belts, it could also -- assuming BMW went tech crazy -- bring better performance gains.
What say you?