BMW counts on rear-wheel driveMay 13, 2019
The Bavarian brand is considering not only the global transition to the rear-wheel drive layout, but also may well return the CSL model. The new version of the high-performance M3 will remain “true to its roots”, offering rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission.
BMW may have lost some of its fans when the company’s first front-wheel-drive cars hit the market — a few years ago. But Bavarians still have a predominantly RWD-based model lineup. Yes, another model of the company has lost the drive to the rear axle in favor of the all-wheel drive – this is a new “charged” M5 sedan. However, the proprietary drive system on both axles (xDrive) still offers a rear-wheel drive mode for those seeking thrill.
What awaits BMW in the future? BMW M Chairman Markus Flush gave a detailed account of the company’s plans.
In an interview with the Australian magazine Auto Auto, Mr. Flush confirmed that the upcoming M3 will have a “rear-wheel drive version” and will offer a manual transmission. The use of the word “version” may indicate that the novelty will be available in several versions – it is assumed that a version with all-wheel drive will also be offered. More powerful sedan M3 Competition almost confirmed for release.
The head of Mercedes-AMG, competing with BMW, Tobias Meurs recently announced the gradual abandonment of rear-wheel drive cars, since all models of this sports division will receive all-wheel drive from 2021.
During the same interview, plans were announced for the possible return of the CSL model, which according to Mr. Flush is “the purest member of the M family”.
Not so long ago, we wrote that the most luxurious and sporty coupe BMW M8 will receive unique electronic brakes.
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