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BMW details new all-wheel drive M5

17.05.2017

Spied on numerous occasions testing at the Nürburgring and said to be the first full-on M car to feature all-wheel drive, BMW has now officially released a series of teaser images and technical details of the new F90 M5.

Although still decked out in camouflage, the F90 will keep its predecessor's 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8, but re-tuned to produce 450 kW and some 700 Nm of torque.

As previously reported, the F90 will also drop the F10's seven-speed M DCT gearbox for a normal torque-converter eight-speed Steptronic, while the six-speed manual offered only in the United States will fall away completely as per BMW's recent announcement that it would no longer be offering three-pedal M cars.

While top speed is expected to be limited to 250 km/h, the F90 will dispatch the 0-100 km/h mark in 3.5 seconds, and, according to BMW, sip unleaded at a rate of 10.5 L/100 km.

The biggest change however, and indeed confirming previous speculation, is that the M5 will come fitted as standard with xDrive all-wheel drive, but with a twist in that allows drivers the option of selecting between 2WD, 4WD and 4WD Sport. In addition to the sport's optimised gearbox with three modes, the F90 also gets a new Active M rear differential that splits torque evenly between the front and rear wheels, and three mode stability control system.

No interior images have yet been released, although expect a raft of M specific features with the only hints being a new M sport steering wheel and gear lever, two configurable M Drive buttons, and an improved Heads-Up Display now incorporating navigation.

While still to be confirmed, expect the F90 M5 to make its official world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Article written by Autodealer
17.05.2017
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