Head of BMW M Division Admits Pondering Over Future AWD M Cars

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Having recently tested the new M6 Coupe, the guys from Car and Driver got the chance to discuss some interesting things with the head of the BMW M division, Mr. Friedrich Nitschke.
According to this interview some interesting developments are awaiting BMW M enthusiasts. It seems like in the future it may be possible to see even all-wheel-drive M5 and M6 cars, in order to counter the Audi and Mercedes-Benz competition.

However, that will only happen if the customers will actually demand it and earliest along with the future M5. According to Nitschke, using the all-wheel-drive system will hurt performance in a number of ways.

First of all, using such a transmission will add around 150 to 200 pounds (100 kg) of extra weight. Second, the steering precision will definitely be hurt by such a system.

Going over the future 3-cylinder engine BMW is developing, Nitschke said that it has a lot of potential. Initial readings say that if can achieve around 200 HP per liter easily and a future engine with over 310 HP can be achieved without pushing it to anywhere near breaking point.

All these new facts make us look to the future with interest and hope at the same time. We're definitely interested in seeing how the 3-cylinder unit will evolve but most of all we're hoping the M cars (excepting SUVs) will remain rear-wheel-drive only.

Via: Car and Driver
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