In a move that mirrors its chief rival, the Mercedes-AMG E63 (which coincidentally arrives in Australian showrooms this month), BMW recognises the adoption of all-paw traction was required to improve performance, although it has yet to confirm exactly how much faster, or more powerful, the new M5 will be when it goes on-sale in Australia next year.
It has said the M xDrive transmission is a unique development from the high-performance division that can be tailored through multiple all-wheel drive settings or revert to the traditional rear-drive configuration for maximum driver engagement.
The engine is a revised version of the current 4.4-litre V-8, upgraded with new turbos and better cooling. BMW isn’t providing an exact power figure, or 0-100 km/h time yet, only saying it’ll be around 600 horses and will do the usual sprint in less than 3.5 seconds.
“With 2WD mode activated, the new BMW M5 offers the keen driver the experience of driving a high-performance sedan with rear-wheel drive only, delivering a pure form of driving enjoyment that captivates in its own unique way. The combination of incredibly agile handling, terrific feel and exceptional controllability can be attributed to the Active M Differential”.
Under the bonnet is a revised 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and while power and torque isn’t being revealed yet, BMW says the new M5 is significantly faster than the old car… “leave its predecessor trailing in its wake” was the exact line.