Considering that the upcoming BMW M5 will be using the X5/6M's powertrain, this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to you. Word on the street is suggesting that the next-gen M5 will be offered with an all-wheel drive option.

Even though it isn't a *shocker* it still is a bit jarring. It seems that the whole premise of what made an M car has been flushed down a toilet. But from another perspective, maybe rules don't matter anymore given technological advances in the automotive kingdom.

In addition, the competition is fiercer than ever and all-wheel drive provides better traction in all weather conditions. So what's there to hate?

I guess one could argue that BMW is turning away from what made it so BMW?

To be straightforward, I am torn on the matter. A part of me wants to say that an M car should only be naturally aspirated, rear-wheel drive and feature a manual gearbox.

But when you drive a stellar product like the X6M, you quickly forget about all of that nonsense.

What say you, Spies?

BMW has acknowledged that a four-wheel-drive version of its new M5 is being lined up.

BMW’s new rival to the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, revealed at the recent Shanghai show, uses a 552bhp twin-turbocharged V8 motor and features a typically conservative body kit with sinister-looking 20in wheels.

BMW is keen to hold back exact details about the car, but officials have confirmed that there are moves to eventually produce a four-wheel-drive version of the M5...

[Source: Autocar]

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AWESOME or AWFUL: Does It Matter If BMW Produces An All-Wheel Drive M5?

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