Successful sales of the all-wheel drive modification of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG model in the North American market forced the Bavarian automaker BMW to think about equipping the xDrive system with cars with the "M" nameplate.
Friedrich Nitschke, head of the sports division of BMW M GmbH, said in mid-summer that the German brand does not plan to produce all-wheel drive models M3, M4, M5 and M6, since the xDrive system will negatively affect the handling of cars and increase the curb weight of models by at least 80 kg. However, the other day, a representative of BMW M GmbH in an interview with Motoring said that BMW, in violation of tradition, will offer customers “charged” cars with all-wheel drive.
“In the US, the all-wheel drive version of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG currently accounts for 70 to 80% of the total number of E63 AMG sports cars sold. We are also considering the possibility of creating an M-series model with all-wheel drive, but a similar car will appear in our product line only after the M5 and M6 successors enter the market, "said Nitschke, explaining that the all-wheel drive system will be offered as an option.
Note that in the framework of the international motor show in Detroit in January, two premieres of new models from the sports division of BMW M GmbH, M3 and M4, will take place at once.
The Bavarian concern notes that the engine of the new generation of the M3 sedan is 25% more economical and environmentally friendly than the V-shaped "eight" with a volume of 4.0 liters and a power of 420 hp, which was installed on the previous modification of the sports three-wheel drive.