New Tech Allows BMW M5 to Switch from RWD to AWD by a Push of a Button

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Tackling heavy weather conditions especially during winter can be quite difficult for a rear-wheel drive BMW model, but thanks to the new technology, BMW purists can now switch from RWD to AWD by just a push of a button.

This system is not new, as it is also implemented on higher models from Mercedes-Benz, particularly the all-new Mercedes-AMG E63.

The same will happen to the upcoming BMW M5 once it will arrive on the market somewhere next year, the model being able to do so by simultaneously pulling both shift paddles. This information emerged on the market thanks to the guys from Bimmertoday auto publication.

The system`s main advantage is that it will allow more performance to be squeezed out of the car`s engine once switching between the two driving modes, especially when rain or snow can pose heavy threat.

Once arriving on the market, the all-new BMW M5 will use the same engine lineup, with the top of the line still benefiting the famous 4.4-liter V8 engine, developing an impressive 600 horsepower, a worthy adversary for the new Mercedes-Benz E63 Coupe. This means that the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h will be done in 3.5 seconds.

The AWD engine system will also use a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which will make the new model “to drive like an M5 does today, but with better traction as well,” as a BMW official stated a couple of months back.


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