Confirmed: 2017 BMW M5 Will Be All Wheel Drive

Oct 27, 2016 05:10 AM EDT | Mariechris Felipe

The 2017 BMW M5 is confirmed to be an all wheel drive. That's according to an Australian automotive media site GoAuto, which has reported that a BMW representative revealed it to them at the recently concluded Melbourne Premiere of the 2017 BMW 5 Series.

While a spokesperson from BMW of North America is yet to comment on this, various spy photos show the company has been actively testing at least one all-wheel-drive M5.

2017 BMW M5 All Wheel Drive For Better Or Worst?

The news will be welcomed by some, but it sure is like a bucket of cold water for the purists of the brand especially if the reports that an all-wheel drive will be the only option and the rear drive will be gone. However, BMW assures that if all wheel will be implemented, it will have the same feeling as the rear wheel.

So far the BMW M comes with the rear-wheel drive because that is more fun to drive like the way the M3 drifts perfectly. But in the future BMW M5 engine torque is so high - the engine produces 600 hp at 700 nm - that no tire, even those in high-performance, could withstand such force on a single axis, according to CarandDriver.

Other Information About The New M5

What it is almost confirmed is that the 2017 M5 will be lighter and faster than its predecessors, according to RoadandTrack. The Germans have been inspired to use aluminum and carbon fiber as predominant materials in the body. No actual figures at the moment, but it is believed that weight reduction can be about 100 kilograms. In addition, it is expected that it will inherit the equipment of the BMW 7 Series, especially in the field of autonomous driving, as the Drive Assistant Plus, the Parking Assistant Plus, the remote parking and Connected Drive technology.

There is also no official information on the mechanics but is said to mount the V8 4.4 twin - turbo engine that takes the current M series but will be improved to almost 600 hp or even exceed. In addition, it will certainly have double - clutch transmission and eight - speed Steptronic. Also certain is that a manual gearbox will not be available.

In recent spy photos, large alloy wheels and braking system of high performance can be seen. It is expected that the 2017 BMW M5 will be equipped with OLED technology, which recently premiered the M4 GTS and laser headlights. Some designers at RM design render a might be an appearance of the M5, which can be seen at RMcarDesigns.

The 2017 BMW M5 will officially debut at the Detroit Motor Show next year and may arrive in dealerships later next year or early 2018.

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