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    0-60 Magazine: BMW M5 May Score All Wheel Drive

    Shocking as it may be to hear, it seems BMW may offer all-wheel-drive on the new M5 soon after it arrives in showrooms. Why? Credit the snow-fearing north of these United States.

    The news comes from the M division’s R&D chief, Albert Biermann. In an interview with Autocar, Biermann hinted at the future of grip for his division’s vehicles. “There will be some all-wheel-drive surprises on M cars in the future,” he said. Autocar expects the M5 will be an early recipient of the “surprise,” and we’re inclined to agree.

    Why? Well, ever since BMW began offering all-wheel-drive on its cars, the take rate on the feature has been astonishing—in states where temperatures dip below freezing more than one month out of the year. The same is true for Mercedes-Benz and Audi; Snowbelt residents want all-wheel-drive in their luxury sedans.

    Besides, the added traction would be a boon for performance, too. The F10 M5’s powertrain is already adapted to work with an AWD system—after all, the 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 has been pulled from the engine bay of the X6 M, where the prodigious power and incredible grip enable the bulky sport-ute to crack off acceleration figures that would make a Testarossa blush. The M5 will likely weigh about 1,200 pounds lighter than the X6 M. Do the acceleration math in your head.

    Hopefully, the all-wheel-drive system will be an option on the M5, giving drivers the chance to choose between two delicious flavors of performance. In the meantime, though, BMW has dropped a brief video of the M5 Concept we saw earlier this week, giving us a look at it in motion before the car’s debut in Shanghai. Try to keep from hyperventilating.
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    This is pretty interesting..
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    hmmm... diluting the ///M brand more?
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    They also have an article: BMW's Next Transmission Will Know Where Your Going


    As part of BMW’s efforts to make humans obsolete (at least behind the wheel), the car maker has announced they’re developing a smarter automatic transmission that will predict when to downshift in curves.

    In a nutshell, the new system would work something like this: the car’s navigation system informs the car’s computers that a curve is coming up. The computers then check in with the stability control to see how slippery the road is, then checks the car’s cameras and radar sensors to determine how heavy traffic is in front of the car. One it’s accumulated the necessary data, the car tells the transmission exactly what gear it needs to insure the best acceleration out of the curve.

    BMW claims the system will lead to new levels of intimacy between car and driver. “As a result of the complexity of the factors taken into consideration by the control system, the automatic transmission selects the appropriate gear similarly as foresighted as an experienced driver using a manual gearbox,” their press release reads. This is like an adult toy maker claiming their new sex doll feels just as pleasurable as a real human being. It may be true—but that doesn’t mean the original isn’t better. [via BMW]

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    Development objective: identify road profile, understand driver’s wishes.

    As a result of further development there is now the possibility to adapt gearshift commands given by the transmission control system to each driving situation even more flexibly and at the same time more accurately. The anticipatory transmission control system currently in the advance development stage utilises, in addition to the driver’s intention, further information to take into consideration road surface conditions, road topology as well as the traffic situation when selecting the ideal gear. For this purpose, the transmission control system is linked to both the DSC (Dynamics Stability Control) function as well as the navigation system in the initial stage. In the configuration levels that follow, a link-up with the cameras utilised for the driver assistance systems or radar and additional sensors respectively is under consideration.

    The data provided by the DSC sensors pertaining to the road surface friction coefficient help the system particularly in the case of low friction coefficients to prepare optimally for the typical control intervention during the acceleration phase that follows. Using the data provided by the navigation system, it is possible to determine the radius of a bend long before it is approached. Based on this information the transmission control system then determines with even greater accuracy the gear required for a smooth driving manoeuvre and confident acceleration out of the bend. Moreover, using information provided by cameras and radar sensors and pertaining to the traffic situation ahead of the vehicle, it will in future be possible to determine for example the required amount of deceleration and adapt the drive management to each specific situation.

    In practice and thanks to this anticipatory control system, the automatic transmission adapts remarkably accurately to the situation-related requirements and demands of the driver. As a result of the complexity of the factors taken into consideration by the control system, the automatic transmission selects the appropriate gear similarly as foresighted as an experienced driver using a manual gearbox. It assists the driver with fast and appropriate response, which immediately leads to an increase in driving pleasure and optimised efficiency. Hence, the interaction between driver and vehicle reaches a new dimension.
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    550xi isn't the solution?

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    I do wish they had some sort of awd that was fully controlled by the driver. Something you could turn on and off with a button. Would be awesome to have AWD on the launch then turn it off after....keep it off at the track but then if you wanted to drive in the snow you could turn it on.
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