2018 BMW M5 Officially Unveiled With AWD And 600 HP

BMW has officially unveiled the 2018 M5, ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

Starting with the engine, the car is powered by a 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 that produces 600 PS (441 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 11.1 seconds. The standard model has a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) but that can be increased to 305 km/h (189 mph) when the car is equipped with the optional M Driver’s Package.

The biggest change is the addition of M xDrive which BMW claims is the “most emotionally engaging all-wheel-drive system” in the high-performance segment. The system is paired with an Active M Differential and offers an assortment of setting including traditional rear-wheel drive.

On the styling front, the M5 is distinguished by an aggressive front bumper which features large air intakes and an angular design. There’s also aerodynamic mirrors, a sculpted aluminum hood, and a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. Other highlights include a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system and a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser.

The M5 comes standard with 19-inch polished wheels that feature an Orbit Grey finish and M-specific tires. They are backed up by a high-performance braking system with blue-painted six-piston calipers up front and single-piston floating calipers in the rear. Customers can also order 20-inch wheels and M carbon ceramic brakes which reduce the car’s weight by 23 kg (50.7 lbs).

The interior comes nicely equipped with an M sport steering wheel, Merino leather sport seats, and exclusive aluminum trim. A variety of different options will be available including newly developed M multifunction seats which look incredible and promise to offer even better lateral support.

While many purists worried the addition of all-wheel drive would cause the car to be heavier than its predecessor, BMW proudly notes this isn’t the case. Instead, the car tips the scales at 1,855 kg (4,089 lbs) which is significantly less than the outgoing model.

The BMW M5 will be available to order in September and German pricing starts at €117,900.

Early customers will have option of ordering the M5 First Edition which features a Frozen Dark Red Metallic exterior with shadow line trim, gloss black accents, and black 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels. The interior gets a modest makeover that includes piano black trim, M multifunction seats, and an individually-numbered plaque. Production is limited to 400 units and the model will cost an additional €19,500.

The first deliveries are slated to occur next spring.

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  • G82FS

    Very bland exterior styling and terrible wheels on the blue one but that matte red looks nice, as does the interior.

    • Kaisuke971

      Go take a look at a 1997 Toyota Camry then come back, that’s bland. How is the F90 M5 bland what the hell

      • G82FS

        You are right, it does remind me of a 97 camry. Thanks for pointing that out…

    • PK

      I agree. The interior of this new M5 still looks outdated….

  • DuDE

    Relationship status – Emotionally engaged to All wheel drive system.

  • Kaisuke971

    This is by far the most agressive and distinctive looking M5 yet, the wolf is slowly taking off its sheep’s clothing

    • seriously

      youre clearly a fan boy…….it looks nice but in the same conservative way all the new 5 series look nice….and to correct you the most AGGRESSIVE looking M5 was the E60. Its not competing with cars though that arent bland sooo I guess it fits

      • Kaisuke971

        That’s not even a compliment, just an observation. This M5 has huge intakes a huge diffuser huge exhaust pipes M mirrors a carbon roof… BMW has never made an M5 like that, they were always more subtle.

        The E60 didn’t look that different form a M Pack and certainly not that agressive. But it did look very good, maybe better than this but i’d have to see the F90 irl.

        • PK

          I see you more in bmwblog lol

        • seriously

          bottom line it looked better I would argue the E39 is still the best looking M5 but thats just me. The E60 looked more aggressive because other than the fact this car has those side vents driving on the road to those that dont know cars it looks like a sport package 5 series. The seats look nice but its the same bland interior of this generations 5 series. It looks nice dont get me wrong but nothing amazing styling wise has come from BMW since 6 grancoupe and before that nothing else for years other than concepts

    • KenjiK

      Seriously? Headlights and rearlights are far too big. The rest is just… well… bland.
      Looks like a 5XX with a M-Package body kit. Doesn’t look nearly as good as the F10 or even the E60, which is in my eyes the best looking M5 ever, along with the E39.

  • Six Thousand Times

    M-B fans will come here to hate but I like how current BMWs look – except for the jowly front bumpers that all the Germans are doing.

    • seriously

      styling is subjective………stop being a fanboy

      • Six Thousand Times

        That was my point about styling being subjective and while my generation doesn’t use the word “fanboy,” I’ll reserve the right to my opinion.

  • eb110americana

    It’s not a bad looking car, but it looks really heavy, like it’s got some X5M/X6M DNA at the front. If you showed this to me 15 years ago, I would have thought it was a 7-Series. The seats look like Big Hero 6. I’m sure it’s really fast though.

    • Kash

      +1 for the seats comparison because that’s spot on.

  • Kash

    And officially underwhelming. A lot of super sedans today are underwhelming though. I think the only one that’s very distinctive is the CTS-V, at least when compared to it’s base model and really it’s competitors.

    • Kaisuke971

      Really ? I find super sedans crazier looking than ever before with huge intakes huge wheels huge exhaust pipes bucket seats and stuff, look at a base E Class vs the E63 and compare to an E55 or something, they’re more and more extreme.

      Even Audis which were usually super conservative now got those crazy bumpers, the RS5 (it’s not a sedan i know) is wild, the RS6 vs its previous gen is night and day, got all these angles

      • Kash

        The E300 and E63 have similarly sized intakes and the E300 can have optional 20 inch rims. The only thing i find really crazy is the sound difference the 2 cars make.

        Audi is getting more and more out there with the RS styling, especially on the RS5, you’re right, but the RS4/RS6 have the same size/shape grille that the A4/A6 have, just change the inner design and the bumper which isn’t much different. Most of the aggressive looks of the RS4/6 are coming from the grille having mesh instead of slats. It’s a quick swap between the base A4 and RS4.

        The more I look at the RS5 actually (and this is as I’m writing this) most of the aggression is coming from the black and silver bits making the intakes look bigger than they are (black) and the deviating silver under and around the grille are just subconsciously more aggressive I think.

        On the CTS-V it does something similar with the grille swap, but it also adds a vented hood, they make the grille smaller and add in a lower intake, then the side intakes are visibly bigger and the splitter sticks out twice as far and goes from side to side, it’s not integrated, it stands out on the front. Then the CF spoiler is huge, it borders on ducktail.

        That’s how you do deviation. Not swapping slats for mesh and making your intakes look bigger with some paint, you gotta actually make them bigger.

        • Kaisuke971

          You’re looking at details that to me don’t matter, it’s about how the car looks not how the design team managed to make it look that way since there are tons of means to obtain a same goal. The E63 does look like it has what i said, now are the intakes as big as they look ? I don’t know. Do they look enormous ? They certainly do.

          The Germans used to make basically no further change than the number of exhausts and a couple badges, literally. I think you can see just like me that it’s not the case anymore, heck the C63 S (at the front) and the M3 (at the back) basically look like they got wide body kits.

          Now okay the CTS-V has a hoods scoop scoop and a bigger tail spoiler than is competitors, but honestly i don’t see how it looks that much more agressive than an Audi RS6. The changes might be small in number to you, but visually they do make a difference.

          There was a time when super sedans were clearly underwhelming but that’s not now, i don’t understand the complaints. I personally do not want every sporty sedan to look like the Jaguar XE SV Project 8

          • Kash

            Even visually when you look at them for more than a few minutes the changes aren’t that much, not so much in quantity but even visually, maybe in comparison of the E55 to E63 is a huge difference but if we compare E300 to E63 it’s not a lot.

            I don’t want all these super sedans to look like the XE8 either but i still feel like they’re lacking something in the aggressive dept, there’s not enough gap between the stuff like E43 and E63 or 540 and M5. The Germans are close styling wise but they’re just not there yet, they’re still a little too conservative for my taste.

            They (Germans) mostly don’t look bad, the M5 is a little busy for my taste but the latest BMW design has been heavy with excessive lines so no surprise, but if it was purely about looks I’m going either CTS-V or GS F because they just seem like they were designed with a little more anger and it gives them just a bit more aggression.

  • Dennis James

    0-100 in 3.4s is quite something. But that’s about it.

  • Ermal Morina

    Fast? Absolutely.
    Engaging to drive? Probably yes.
    But,it just doesn’t have the looks of an M car,looks to bland and even hard to recognize it’s a full fetched M car. And those red accents throughout the interior look so childish and unnecessary.

  • An Existing Person

    This was not as I was expecting. It’s not nearly as aggressive enough as it could have been. I guess i’m placing an E63S on order.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Yup.

  • Blade t

    These M cars are getting very expensive….

  • CoolCat

    You’re looking at details that to me don’t matter, it’s about how the car looks not how the design team managed to make it look that way since there are tons of means to obtain a same goal. The E63 does look like it has what i said, now are the intakes as big as they look ? I don’t know. Do they look enormous ? They certainly do.The Germans used to make basically no further change than the number of exhausts and a couple badges, literally. I think you can see just like me that it’s not the case anymore, heck the C63 S (at the front) and the M3 (at the back) basically look like they got wide body kits.Now okay the CTS-V has a hoods scoop scoop and a bigger tail spoiler than is competitors, but honestly i don’t see how it looks that much more agressive than an Audi RS6. The changes might be small in number to you, but visually they do make a difference.There was a time when super sedans were clearly underwhelming but that’s not now, i don’t understand the complaints. I personally do not want every sporty sedan to look like the Jaguar XE SV Project 8

  • emblem on the headrest? hmm…

  • Jds65

    Looks bland, f10 even looked better.e60 was best.

  • TheHake

    I’m not a huge BMW fan but I’ve always LOVED the M5. And yet again it looks GREAT! Aggressive and a bit in-your-face, but not too much. Want want want want….

  • Kaido Alex

    I first saw this car on the cover of the upcoming game, Need for Speed: Payback.

  • GobbleUp

    Weighs a few hundred pounds less than Tesla S, significantly slower, same high price.
    Exterior best of the latest gen. Interior is still a mess, esp the stacks and steering wheel design.
    No point in this car.
    Another pass on BMW.

  • Karl

    Further proof BMW has lost its design mojo! To the untrained eye this supposedly “new” car could pass for a 2012 car! Where is Chris Bangle when BMW needs him. This is the formula to follow on your way to irrelevancy! Sad state of affairs for this once great company…

  • MPAMPIS

    nothing new ! The interior is from 2010

    • Ermal Morina

      Ikr.
      That’s a let down to.And those red things,just make the car look stupid.

  • Matt

    Id like to know how this fares dynamically with the Panamera 4/Hybrid models since it looks like itll start at $100k+ like the 4s & ubove. My question is does a hybrid with peak torque from 0 rpm feel faster with 1/5 less power in daily driving, say up to 75mph? The big plusses for the porsche is the pdk and history of driving dynamics better over the m5. Subjectively, the porsche looks and feels better inside(and outside) over bmw, which again for a daily, is a significant deal. Wins for the m5 besides the much quicker 0-60 & 0-124 and almost certainly track performance (exluding the hybrid turbo s) is the exhaust soundtrack. Back seat room too goes to the m5, although if you fit, the panamera feels awesome in the rear. Im sure they’ll be (or already have filmed) the new m5 vs a panamera similarly priced or sim power model and look forward to watching.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Is it bad I wanted more with the styling? It seems too…Audi for my tastes. The AMG E”63″ is still my pick. But great step up from the F10. And that matte red is beautiful.

    If you had told me that Mercedes would be making the aggressive looking performance cars a few years back I’d have a laugh. They’re on a hot streak, that’s for sure.

    I swear I’m not biased. The CTS-V is still my love.

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