After a long streak of rumors, reports, official teasers and a massive leak that revealed the design just hours shy of the company’s presentation, the latest sedan bomb is ready to rock your pockets and the driveway.
Naturally, we’re being confronted with the fastest, most potent M5 yet, packing a punch at 600 hp, standard all-wheel drive with an RWD ace up its sleeve as well as a sprint time to 62 mph (100 kph) of just 3.4 seconds, thanks to 553 pound-feet of twist (750 Nm). That’s basically the main spec sheet at a glance, but of course there’s oh so much more going underneath the serious figures. Motivation is provided by the same 4.4-liter biturbo V8 as seen in the current M5, but upgraded to develop those impressive 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) between 5,600 and 6,700 rpm, while the torque figure has also gone up to 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) from the previous numbers of 575 hp (428 kW) and 500 lb-ft (677 Nm) of torque. Aside from the sprint time of 3.4 seconds to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour), the sedan is also capable of reaching 155 mph (250 kph) – or 189 mph (305 kph) without the electronic safeguard.
All that power is being transferred to the wheels via a new version of the eight-speed M Steptronic automatic, packing optional driving modes: Efficient, Sport, and Sport Plus. The new M xDrive system handles distribution, again with options – 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD, with an available switch to kill off the stability control. The exterior design is again a case of sensible update – o revolution was expected, actually – the dual kidney grille has been enhanced, there are new headlights, a refreshed design for the diffuser while at the back there are also new taillights, a bigger diffuser but the same quad exhaust tip setup. New styling for the 19-inch alloy wheels is standard, with optional 20-inch setup shod in Michelin Pilot Sport cup tires. Also optional are the carbon ceramic brake discs, which actually bring weight savings of 50 pounds (23 kilograms). The new BMW M5 is quite hefty at 4,089 pounds (1,855 kg) – but it actually saves almost 200 pounds (90 kilograms) compared to the previous generation that tipped the scales at 4,287 pounds / 1,945 kilograms.
Moving inside, the general atmosphere is instantly recognizable, with very subtle upgrades such as new steering wheel, new seats and upholstery, as well as sporty touches like the ones found on and around the gearbox lever. There are also certain areas – on the steering wheel and center console – adorned with a carbon fiber trim and red outline. The latest infotainment center is available, naturally, along with a large heads-up display. Pricing for the new BMW M5 kick off at €117,900 in Europe, with first orders in September – just in time with the apparition in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show – and first deliveries kicking off next spring. There’s also a BMW M5 First Edition, limited to 400 examples and bundling features such as the BMW Individual Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork.