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2018 BMW M5 fast facts

By Daniel Gardner, 22 Aug 2017 News

2018 BMW M5 fast facts

BMW’s fastest road car to date reveals its potent performance and fascinating figures

AFTER a protracted hype campaign, seemingly endless speculation, and secret images leaked on more than one occasion, the next-generation BMW M5 is finally out of the wraps. Here are our favourite Munich muscle morsels:

  • The big news is that the iconic M5 has gone four-wheel drive for the first time in six generations, but an all-paw 5 Series is far from a new concept. The E34 introduced all-wheel drive to the sedan and wagon in the mid-1990s with the 525iX.
  • With the latest incarnation of the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 now pushing out 441kW and 750Nm, the move to four-wheel drive was essential to reign in BMW’s fastest road car to date, but drivers who like a smokescreen to follow them everywhere they go can deactivate the M xDrive all-wheel drive system to revert to a purist rear drive nature.

  • Transmission mechanicals are closely related to the X5M and X6M high-riding twins, including the front open differential which is a carry over.
  • A dual-clutch automatic transmission is no longer offered for the M5. Its transition to a more conventional torque converter also includes a transmission fluid cooler to ensure consistent performance even when being punished on the track.

  • Power is up 29kW and torque is boosted 70Nm thanks to an engine revision that brings higher-pressure fuel injection of 350 bar, new turbochargers, and a higher rev limit of 6700rpm. Essentially though, the new M5 has an upgraded version of the previous M5’s V8.
  • A new exhaust system addresses some criticisms that the previous M5 wasn’t shouty enough. In addition to that it is now also lighter than the outgoing system.

  • Maximum speed is limited to 250km/h, but customers who want the ultimate M5 V-max thrill can opt for the M Driver’s Package, which lets the super sedan stretch its legs all the way to 305km/h.
  • With a little more cash, the iron-rotor brake discs can be upgraded to M carbon-ceramic discs which save 23kg of unsprung weight for improved handling, and delivers racecar stopping power along with adding a gold-coloured set of calipers. The exotic brakes are also another first for a 5 Series.

  • Following the lead of the E46 M3 CSL, E92 M3, and current M3 and M4 twins, the M5 is now available with a carbonfibre roof. The lower weight panel not only reduces overall vehicle mass for improved performance and efficiency, but is also strong and particularly effective at lowering the centre of gravity.
  • Early adopters have the choice of a limited run First Edition M5, which has an unusual satin metallic red paint job, gloss black exterior trims to match its seven-spoke 20-inch wheels, and a number of unique trimmings on its interior as well.
  • Compared with the original 1985 BMW M5, the 2018 version has grown by 345mm in length and 204mm in width, and yet is just 58mm taller.