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BMW's M5 gains all-wheel drive, but don't worry -- it still drifts

The 2018 M5 now comes standard with an M-tuned version of the xDrive all-wheel drive system to help harness its 600 horsepower.

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BMW showcased the newest generation of its M5 sport sedan here at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Where previous generations featured rear-wheel drive, the 2018 model comes standard with a version of the automaker's xDrive all-wheel drive system that's been tuned by its M division for optimal on-track performance.

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BMW assures us that the M5 will still drift thanks to an ability to send up to 100 percent of torque to the rear axle's differential. However, there is a drive mode that locks it into a full-time rear-drive mode.

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Under the hood is a 600-horsepower TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine that sends 553 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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BMW estimates that the 2018 M5 can hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and go on to a top speed capped at 189 mph when equipped with the M Driver's Package option.

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Other go-faster goodies include a carbon fiber roof, adaptive suspension and optional ceramic brakes.

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The chassis also benefits from more aggressive and aerodynamic bodywork.

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The 2018 BMW M5 hits the road in the spring of 2018.

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Leading the way will be a limited run of 400 examples of the M5 First Edition with this Frozen Dark Red Metallic paint. 

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Keep clicking or swiping for more M5 pics from here on the show floor in Frankfurt.

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