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New BMW M honcho Franciscus van Meel told Auto Express at the Detroit Auto Show that with an increase in output, "then probably the next generation M5 and M6 will have so much torque and power that we need to think about" going to an all-wheel drive system.

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BMW's performance division has been run by Dr. Friedrich Nitschke since 2011, developing, among other products, the new M3 and M4. But soon the good doctor will be retiring, and BMW has just named his successor.

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Although it may not have the brand recognition that Mercedes-AMG does or BMW's M division, Audi's Quattro GmbH department is responsible for its most exciting products – including the RS line of performance models and the R8 supercar. For the past year and a half, Quattro GmbH has been led by Franciscus van Meel, but soon it will get a new leader.

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