German luxury carmaker BMW has revealed the all-new M5 at Gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany ahead of its global debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The BMW M5 performance sedan was revealed at EA's press conference for the upcoming Need For Speed: Payback video game which will feature the Bavarian sedan.
Powering the 2018 BMW M5 is a revised version of BMW's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which produces 592bhp and 750Nm of torque. The new M5 produces 40bhp and 75Nm of torque more than the car it replaces.
The new BMW M5 is the first M car which is not an SUV to go all-wheel drive thanks to the new M xDrive all-wheel drive system. The M5's M xDrive is rear-biased and only sends power to the rear wheels if the rears are struggling for grip. Sending power to all four wheels is an 8-speed automatic gearbox from ZF which replaces the previous car's 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
The new M5's all-wheel drive system allows for different driving modes (4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD) the most aggressive of which — 2WD — returns the M5 to its rear-wheel drive roots which is to be used for track work. The M5's engine, suspension, and gearbox also feature multiple modes as well.
The new M5 is 4,965 long, 1,903 wide, stands 1,473 tall and has a 2,982mm long wheelbase. The new car is 55mm longer, 12mm wider and 17mm taller than the car it replaces. The M5's wheelbase has also grown by 18mm.
The new BMW M5 sprints from 0–100kph in just 3.4 seconds which is a second quicker than its predecessor and makes the new M5, the quickest BMW off the line of all time. 0 – 200kph is dealt with in 11.1 seconds and the M5 is electronically limited to a top speed of 250kph. Owners can opt for the Driver's package to remove the limiter which then ups the M5's top speed to 306kph.
The reason for the M5's ballistic pace off the line — the new BMW performance sedan is upto 100 kilos lighter than its previous iteration if all the weight saving options including the ceramic brakes are specified. The loss in girth has come thanks to the new CLAR architecture the new 5 Series is based on along with the use of lightweight materials including an aluminium bonnet, carbon fibre roof, a lightweight exhaust system and a boot-mounted lithium ion battery.
The new BMW M5 features a body kit which gives it a more aggressive look compared to the regular 5 series and it sits on 19-inch cast alloy wheels shod with 275/40 ZR 19 tyres up front and 285/40 ZR 19 tyres at the rear. The wheels play host to 394mm steel brakes up front and 381mm discs at the rear. Weight saving carbon ceramic brakes are an option as are 20-inch alloys.
BMW will start taking orders for the new 2018 M5 in September for a price tag of €117,900 (Rs 88.90 lakhs), and deliveries will begin in spring 2018. The new M5 will butt heads with the manic Mercedes-AMG E 63S.
The world of super sedans has been on the rise for a while now and the new BMW M5 with 592bhp on tap along with the 594bhp Mercedes-AMG E 63S show just how crazy the German Autobahn express war has become. However, the M5 retains its family friendly character with its large boot (530-litres) and ability to gobble up a family of five with ease.
So, if you're looking for a practical luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles but also like trolling a supercar or two on the school run, the BMW M5 may just be the car for you.