The sixth generation BMW M5 will make its debut this year, and the German carmaker has something special. The carmaker claims that the vehicle is now more powerful, and most importantly, comes with a four-wheel drive system.
The German carmaker also promises great everyday practicality with the new M5. To begin with, the new M5 comes with a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 engine. Specifications have not been revealed yet, but BMW claims the car outperforms its predecessor.
BMW even claims that the 0 – 100km/h timing and the 0 – 200km/h timing is quicker than the model it replaces, owing to the new 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox. This is the first time an 8-speed gearbox is mated to the M xDrive system, which helps the car with better acceleration.
Coming to the new BMW M5's all-wheel-drive system, the driver can select between 4WD, 4WD Sport, or 2WD mode, using either the iDrive Controller or the touchscreen function. The particular mode selected is displayed in the instrument cluster and can also be saved.
Also, the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) on the new M5 can counter excessive oversteer or understeer effectively, and the driver can raise the system's intervention by selecting the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) or completely deactivate it by turning the system off.
The Active M Differential has also been tweaked and now features new carbon plates as well as a whole new control logic. The electronically controlled multi-plate lock enables adjustable distribution of drive torque between the rear wheels, while the locking effect can be varied from zero to hundred percent.