The German automaker is highly interested in performing well in China, both figuratively and directly in terms of sales. And the new 2018 BMW M5 is certainly a great ambassador for the brand.
BMW works driver Bruno Spengler was put to the test behind the wheel of an absolutely standard M5, and the first-ever in the series with AWD and a selectable RWD mode clearly showed its worth by delivering a new lap record at the Shanghai International Circuit. Hitting the mark at 2:22.828, the new M5 is now the fastest production sedan across the Formula 1 track situated just near the Chinese metropolis. DTM champion Spengler took down the previous record by no less than five seconds, even as he faced rather cold weather and adverse track conditions.
BMW makes sure to mention the M5 was completely stock, with Spengler mentioning the “excellent balance” of the sedan as the main asset for the great performance. “It’s very agile and responsive, and the increased traction with the four-wheel drive makes this car very easy to drive. It is also lighter than the previous generation, which plays an important role on a track like this,” he explained.