In the midst of everybody covering the F30 BMW 3 Series, Albert Biermann, Head of Product Development for the Bavarians got himself a break from questions about it.
During a recent interview he was faced with plenty of questions that came up with considerably more interesting answers than we imagine as they’ve been related to M badged BMWs.
Particularly, there’s a few hot answers regarding the F10 BMW M5 and all sorts of speculation that’s been surrounding it lately.
To begin with, thanks to the Americans, the BMW F10 M5 will be getting a manual transmission option though this comes with a proviso. It could very well be the last time we see such “generosity” on behalf of BMW and the M5.
In regards to other rumors about the 2012 BMW M5, Biermann says a definite “no” to any of the rumors about an all wheel drive version of their brilliant sports sedan.
Can’t say that I regret this decision, but there will be plenty, some actual BMW M5 customers that might end up doing so.
Another negative answer is to be seen regarding the rumors of the estate version of the F10 BMW M5. Thanks to incredibly slow sales figures, it seems like the hot estate will not live through another iteration.
The last detail Biermann was questioned on was the weight “problem” of the F10 BMW M5. Quite a delicate subject that but the answer was actually pretty surprising.
Apparently the M division’s purpose is not to make the BMW M5 as light as possible but as close to the weight of a normal fast 5 Series despite adding so much new equipment and such.
With the F10 BMW M5 they’ve managed to get that difference to just 33 kilograms so that’s quite the achievement.