In what areas do you feel the new M5 has really moved the game on from its predecessor?
The latest M5’s new M-specific MxDrive combines the agility and precision of the hallmark M standard drive with the superior control of all-wheel-drive. The various M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD) take the driving dynamics of the new BMW M5 to a whole new level.
2WD mode even switches the car to rear-wheel drive for the ultimate driving experience. Even with M xDrive, the new BMW M5 weighs less than its predecessor. This has been achieved through features such as the lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof and a weight-minimised exhaust system.
How excited are you about the prospect of an M version of the new 8 Series coupe?
The BMW M8 is the icing on the cake of the sporty BMW 8 Series line-up. Alongside the ongoing development of the standard 8 Series, the engineers at BMW M are also working flat out on the M model. The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks.
What’s the future of M Division given the massive shift towards electrification?
We are constantly involved with alternative drive concepts, and that of course includes electric vehicles. Here we benefit from the expertise of our BMW i colleagues. But racetrack suitability is a key development criterion for M automobiles. Currently, the batteries for saving energy in electrically powered vehicles are still too heavy, impairing the power-to-weight ratio that is so vital for race track driving. Until there is significant progress in this area, physics is the limiting factor.