BMW has recently been seen testing the new M5 at the Nurburgring, and have even previewed some of the features. The biggest news being that BMW will ditch their iconic RWD format, and move to the more contemporary AWD system. M-fanboys can also kiss goodbye to the three pedal format. Making the BMW sound less like a ultimate driving machine and more of fast sedan.
As news of the 2018 M5, explodes on the interwebs we expect the M-purists -- the type, that don’t buy underwear without an M badge -- will be out in hoards brandishing pitchforks and burning M-car efigies. But before you go down to shed and polish the pitch fork , wait, there’s more.
BMW have assured that the new AWD format is just a formality; meaning the new M5 will be mostly RWD with the front wheels coming into play only when things get hairy. And that sounds good, if you’ve driven an old M before, you’ll know how easy it is for things to get hairy. And no manufacturer should be penalised for making a great car easier to drive.
Now onto the three pedal issue. The M5 will continue with the 8-speed ZF gearbox, that more than does its due diligence. The truth is, with current automatic transmission technology you’d really need to be a ultra professional to even come close to the shift times you’d get from the ZF.
Finally, the BMW will continue with a fettled version of the existing 4.4 litre Twin turbo V-8, which now makes an eye watering 600hp. Putting it at par with the upcoming 603 bhp E63 AMG.
So, What this is then, is a bottle of Kentucky bourbon. It’s discerning, for gentlemen who enjoy an executive sedan with teeth while it can still appease the hoons whose idea of a good morning involves two sets of rear tyres and copious amounts of smoke. This then might not be an affront to the purist, but might well be the “ultimate driving machine” that BMW insists it is.