Under the hood
This hasn’t stopped BMW from producing another turbocharged four-wheel-drive M car that goes against the M division’s tradition. For starters, power is up in the 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engine, which now has a massive 423kW/750Nm.
The performance figures are impressive with 0-100km/h figures in 4.2 seconds, which is made achievable in conjunction with the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Fuel consumption is better too at 11.1 litres/100km as are CO2 emissions which are pegged at 258g/km.
From the outside the M models can be spotted by virtue of the lower stance, large air intakes at the front end, side gills with a model badge, M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, four tailpipe exhaust system and a rear spoiler while M-specific 20-inch light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres or forged 21-inch M light-alloy wheels as an option.
Here you’ll find an M instrument cluster, M leather steering wheel with aluminium gearshift paddles and M gearshift lever, electrically operated M sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M driver's footrest as well as an M-specific display with gear indicator, rev band and shift lights.
Both models make use of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive and dynamic performance control. The xDrive system employs an electronically controlled multiplate clutch to allow fully variable distribution of drive between the front and rear axles - from 100 percent at the rear to up to 100 percent at the front.
Can I drift it?
Well, probably. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) functions have been optimised over previous versions .The DSC has three modes: DSC on, MDM (M Dynamic Mode), DSC off. While DSC will be a serious nanny, MDM allows greater wheel slip. Deactivating DSC gives the driver the chance to fully explore the car's dynamic limits on the track and nudge the car into a power drift.