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.