2018 BMW M5 Goes Official With 600HP And xDrive With 4WD And 2WD Modes

After months of anticipation, BMW has released the first details about the 2018 M5.

Described as the “most exciting and emotionally enthralling high-performance sedan” ever created by BMW M, the car is powered by a 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 600 PS (592 hp) and more than 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is connected to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 3.5 seconds.

As expected, the new M5 will be equipped with an M xDrive all-wheel drive system. The specially designed system uses a “central intelligence unit” that delivers integrated control of longitudinal and lateral dynamics. BMW M GmbH Chairman Frank van Meel says this gives the M5 “all of the agility and precision of standard rear-wheel drive with the supreme poise and traction of the all-wheel-drive system.”

The car will remain rear-wheel drive most of the time as traction is only sent to the front wheels when needed. The all-wheel drive system will also have three different driving modes including: 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD Sport. As you’ve probably guessed, the 2WD setting deactivates the all-wheel drive system and turns the model into a classic rear-driver.

Besides the fancy new all-wheel drive system, the M5 has an Active M Differential which distributes power between the rear wheels. BMW says this ensures enhanced traction, agility, and handling stability when the car is being driven in a “very sporty manner.”

The interior follows in the footsteps of the standard model but the M5 has been equipped with a new shifter and an M sports steering wheel with two individually configurable M Drive buttons. Drivers will also find an improved Head-Up Display with new graphics, navigation functionality, and a 70% larger viewing area.

The BMW M5 will be launched later this year and more details will be released in the coming months.

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  • Kaisuke971

    Looking at the first couple of reviews, it seems that just like W213 E63 S this car is no joke. Those super sedans are getting out of hand… Matter of fact all performance cars are nowadays, it’s just mad. The numbers are insane !

    • Kash

      This is making me anxious for the next CTS-V, the current one has 640hp and 630 ftlb’s, Where’s Cadillac and GM gonna go from there?

    • Kevin Tay

      Horsepower figures for performance cars can only go up, right?

      • Kaisuke971

        There is a point where it’s too much though, i’ve not driven or directly experienced any of those new insanely fast cars but looking at the 720S reviews you can barely hit full throttle on a public road…

        And that’s without respecting the speed limits.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Truth.

    • TheHake

      Unfortunately, it’s numbers that sell performance cars. Whether it’s usable or not is beyond the point… I mean, where do you use 600hp except on a racetrack? Not even on the Autobahn.

    • Infinite1

      We’re back in the muscle car era which makes all automakers build more power cars just to compete. In other words, we’re in a great time with cars right now

  • Six Thousand Times

    How much does the AWD system weigh?

    • Kaisuke971

      About 140lbs (63kg) according to bimmerpost

      • Six Thousand Times

        Not too bad but still about the weight of one average Chinese.

  • Balcis

    is this official? Nice colour then.

  • Vassilis

    Sweet system!

  • Infinite1

    The M5 has always been a well built machine to me. Can’t wait for this

  • izzey04

    very excited about this…saving for this.

  • Benjamin B.

    I wonder if this unit acts like a classic center diff, whereas it switches between 2wd and 4wd. Similar to pickup trucks, except without low range. That’ll be interesting if BMW did a low range on the upcoming X5/X6 M.

  • Benjamin B.

    Glad BMW is giving owners the choice of RWD drifting fun with the benefits of AWD. Mercedes Benz offers drift mode copied from Ford.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Yes, and?

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