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All-Wheel-Drive BMW M5 xDrive Spied Testing

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/23/2015 Jason Udy

All-Wheel-Drive BMW M5 xDrive Spied Testing

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BMW has hinted at future all-wheel-drive M models before, and now we have the first spy shots confirming the German automaker is developing an all-wheel-drive BMW M5 sedan.

Although this particular white F10-series BMW M5 doesn’t appear out of the ordinary, our spy photographer noticed all four wheels were spinning when it was being drifted on BMW’s ice tracks. Once parked, he was able to get close enough to get an undercarriage shot revealing a front half shaft.

BMW M5 xDrive AWD Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend BMW M5 xDrive AWD Prototype

BMW M5 xDrive AWD Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend BMW M5 xDrive AWD Prototype With the next-generation G30 series BMW 5 Series expected to arrive next year (most likely for the 2017 model year), it’s unlikely that the current-generation BMW M5 or M6 will gain all-wheel-drive. The white M5 is likely just a prototype for the next-generation M5 sedan and M6 coupe.

The automaker said that future all-wheel-drive M vehicles will have a rear-wheel bias to maintain the rear-drive feel. Whether all-wheel drive will be standard or optional on the next-generation M5 or M6 is still unknown.

With each new generation, performance cars have been gaining more power and the automaker may need all-wheel drive to harness that power. The current BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 sends 575 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Mercedes-Benz has already begun rolling out all-wheel drive for its high-performance AMG model: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG sedan’s twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 sends 577 hp and 590 lb-ft to all four wheels.

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