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The All-Wheel Drive 2018 BMW M5 Can Still Rip Rear-Drive Burnouts

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We all knew the next generation M5 will move to all-wheel drive, and with the death of a three-pedal option the M5 is becoming more of a fast sedan and less of an Ultimate Driving Machine. The good news is with a touch of a button your AWD M5 will power the rear wheels only.


While some people buy the M5 for no other reason that it is just the “most expensive” 5 Series, there is a core audience who appreciates a high-performing executive sedan. So to appease the badge buyers that have too much power, but not enough grip and the hooligans that would actually throw their M5 sideways, BMW will employ the classic “why not both?” meme and will make the next generation M5 both rear and all-wheel drive.


According to German BMW site BimmerToday, owners of the F90 M5 will be able to toggle between all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive by hitting a button. This will most likely be integrated within the dozen or so driving mode settings that a par for the course in these kinds of cars.

The next M5 will use a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 projected to have about 600 horsepower. The upcoming Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG makes a staggering 603 horsepower and while it too is all-wheel drive, a pull on both the shift paddles transfers all the power to the back for some dorifto goodness.

We eagerly await the Cars and Coffee videos that will highlight the impeccable driving skills of German super sedan owners who decided to disengage their all-wheel drive. Let’s just hope they check their tire pressure with a digital gauge before doing so.

Tom is a contributing writer for Jalopnik and runs He saves people money and takes the hassle out of buying or leasing a car. (

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Hey car industry, how about you stop will all the pointless crap like driver modes and AWD and just give us proper straight forward RWD cars with manual transmissions.

Some of us aren’t incompetent and can put power down through two wheels, some of us don’t care about lap times and just want an engaging daily driver, some of us are realistic and know one car can’t do it all but a car that does one thing spectacularly well is way more exciting than a jack of all master of none.