So we know that the new BMW M5 is quite a beast but now it’s the first time we get to watch it go flat out at the most iconic racetrack in the world, the Nurburgring.
The BMW F90 M5 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that makes 592hp (600PS) and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The biggest highlight of the latest Bavarian super sedan is the use of a configurable all-wheel drive system, enabling the M5 to offer a more complete package than before.
Despite featuring the all-wheel drive system, the new F90 M5 is slightly lighter than the previous generation model (by 40kg/88lbs), thanks to the adoption of the CLAR architecture. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 3.4 seconds, with top speed being limited to 155mph (250km/h). Choose the optional M Driver’s Package and the top speed limiter is gone, with the F90 M5 becoming able to hit 190mph (306km/h) flat out.
The trend of Nurburgring lap times has exploded during the past few years, raising questions about their significance -and sometimes even their legitimacy.
Sport Auto’s independent testing is regarded as one of the more trustworthy sources for Nurburgring lap times, having the same driver, Christian Gebhardt, putting the latest metal through their paces on the iconic track.
With Gebhardt behind the wheel, the new BMW F90 M5 managed to complete a lap of the Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 38 seconds, which is exceptional for a car this heavy. According to unofficial lap time data, the previous F10-generation M5 managed a 7:55 around the same track, which is 17 seconds slower than the new model.