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The lat­est it­er­a­tion of the M5 now gets AWD and an eight-speed torque­con­verter

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BMW HAS LAUNCHED THE lat­est­gen­er­a­tion M5 (F90) per­for­mance sedan in In­dia at a price of `1.43 crore (ex-show­room, In­dia). The M5 has al­ways been a car that has sought to marry sportscar ri­valling per­for­mance with the com­fort and lux­ury of a full-size sedan. This lat­est F90 model uses a re­vised ver­sion of the last-gen F10 M5’s 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 en­gine to dish up 592hp and 750Nm of torque.

The M5 now uses an eight-speed torque­con­verter ‘box in­stead of the seven-speed dual clutch. Also, rather sig­nif­i­cantly, this new M5 is all-time AWD in­stead of the RWD that all ver­sions be­fore it have been – some­thing that purists wouldn’t be pleased with. But hey, BMW has made a habit of us­ing elec­tron­ics and all sorts of tech-wiz­ardry to churn out un­be­liev­able cars that defy all norms. The car has been equipped with ac­tive M dif­fer­en­tial, which, when com­bined with the elec­tron­ics em­a­nat­ing from the cen­tral in­tel­li­gence con­trol unit that BMW has used in the M5, com­bines the agility and pre­ci­sion of the reg­u­lar RWD that BMWs are known for with the smooth­ness and trac­tion of AWD. In fact, Frank van Meel, pres­i­dent, BMW M Di­vi­sion, says that the new M5 with the xDrive ac­tu­ally feels like a rear-wheel driven car, but with more trac­tion. Be­sides, if you re­ally want all the close-to-600 horses go­ing to the rear, you al­ways have the op­tion of RWD lock, which con­fines all the power to the rear.

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