The NYTimes reports that Norbert Reithofer, CEO of BMW AG, is thinking the unthinkable. Dr Reithofer said at a shareholders’ meeting in Munich: “We are exploring the possibility of developing a joint architecture for the front and four-wheel drive systems of these cars,” WHAT?! An FWD BMW? An act against nature. Say it isn’t so! He didn’t.
“In other words: There will be front wheel drive BMW’s in the smaller vehicle classes in the future.”
As if “Bangle-Butt” didn’t do enough damage to the BMW brand. Worried that this might have been a misquote, I snooped around for more information and it wasn’t a misquote. Nitrobahn confirms the comments. Quite what the reasoning behind this new development is, is a bit hazy, but Autoblog Green posits that the reason for BMW doing this is that the FWD chassis will make it easier for BMW to share platforms with other companies (very important when you consider that BMW is slowly turning into a minnow in a pond full of frogs) and also to reduce their fleet’s carbon emissions. I’ll keep my eyes open for stories in the papers of BMW fans beating greenies to death with the rear axle off a BMW M3.