After being teased for the past couple of months, BMW has revealed its all-new M5. Unlike its predecessors, the new M5 adopts the xDrive, all-wheel-drive system that’s available on all BMW SUVs. The performance luxury sedan is powered by a heavily reworked 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 motor tuned to churn out 600hp. Along with the all-wheel drive system the engine helps the M5 reach 100kph in a claimed 3.4 seconds and go on to top out at 304kph. The new M5 is based on the latest 5 Series and shares the CLAR (cluster architecture) underpinnings. This has helped to make the car more rigid, yet lighter, when compared to its predecessor. BMW’s M division rights it donates to even more engaging driving traits than the outgoing F10- generation model, despite the adoption of all-wheel drive in place of the M5’s traditional rear-wheel drive.
The increased engine performance allows the new M5 to match the output of the 30th anniversary M5 launched in 2014, albeit with an added 50Nm. To put this into perspective, the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 power plant kicks out 611hp and the same 750Nm, and the Audi RS6 Plus’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine delivers 605hp and 700Nm. Although BMW is talking up the fuel economy of the M5’s revised engine, its combined cycle average of 9.52kpl and CO2 rating of 241g/km fail to better the claimed 10.1kpl and 232g/km of the old model. The inclusion of M xDrive has acceptable BMW M to offer a variety of changed driving modes, the most aggressive of which, M Dynamic, permits pure rear-wheel drive in a process designed for track use. The tuning of the M5’s suspension has taken place predominantly at BMW’s Miramas test track in France and the Nürburgring in Germany. The new M-5 will feature standard-fit 19inch wheels shod with 275/40 front and 285/40 back tyres or optional 20inch rims with 275/35 front and 285/35 back rubber. The new M5 will go on sale in the UK in February, 2018 following its public presentation at the Gamescom video game show in Cologne, Germany, this week. There is no word on whether it will arrive in India.