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The new BMW M5 was revealed a couple of days ago. And we have a very big surprise! The sixth generation of the M5 will be offered with the M xDrive system. So, what is M xDrive? It is an all-wheel-drive system designed specifically for the M5. It is the first M5 to be offered with an all-wheel-drive system. The good old days of the pure rear-wheel driven M5 are gone, or perhaps it will be offered as a special edition.
According to BMW, the M xDrive will offer a better driving experience and greater everyday practicality. This means that the M5 will able to cope with snow and wet road conditions much better. Furthermore, BMW has improved its overall performance by providing engine power to the all wheels. This will lead to increased sportiness and accuracy in every road condition.
So, what really is the M xDrive? BMW defined the M xDrive as follows:
“The core component of M xDrive is a central intelligence unit with M-specific software delivering integrated control of longitudinal and lateral dynamics. The new drivetrain technology – making its debut on the new BMW M5 – therefore combines all of the agility and precision of standard rear-wheel drive with the supreme poise and traction of the all-wheel-drive system.”
Like other all-wheel-drive systems, the M xDrive will engage the front wheels when the rear wheels can’t transfer the engine power to the road effectively. However, the driver has the opportunity to engage various driving combination through the five different DSC settings, (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD). Unlike its competitors, the M xDrive offers the freedom to drive the new M5 with only the rear-wheel drive option and allow the driver to enjoy the limits of the car. At the same time, the driver will have the freedom to drive the M5 on snow covered roads.
Unfortunately, every time the M5 starts, the default setting for the DSC mode for the drive train will be the 4WD setting. BMW does not allow the driver to permanently engage with the personal DSC mode.
The new M5 is powered by a 4.4-lt turbocharged V8 engine coupled with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. As BMW recently clarified, conventional automatic gearboxes are getting faster and closing the gap with the double clutch gearbox. With the new M5, we can clearly see that BMW is heading back to a traditional automatic gearbox and leaving the double clutch in the past.
With this new transmission, the issues of the double clutch gearbox are eliminated. The eight-speed M Steptronic offers short shift times, optimal ratio spacing and smooth start-off characteristics for daily driving conditions. In addition, the driver has three different transmission settings and can control the gears through the shift paddle position on the steering wheel.
The new V8 engine features M TwinPower Turbo technology. The engine output, the torque levels and the high revving character are improved. These are achieved via higher injection pressure, new turbochargers, more powerful lubrication and cooling systems, and a modified, lighter exhaust system.
Overall, the BMW M5 brings a new driving concept to the market through the all-wheel-drive system. The traditional automatic gearbox is something we have never seen before in the M5. BMW clearly declared its future transmission plans for the M Family with the new M5. However, we have limited information regarding the new M5. The engine performance and other technical details haven’t been published yet.
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