The Sixth incarnation of the BMW M5 for 2018 is of course the most technically advanced M car to date.
The original M5 started the whole high performance super saloon class with the BMW M5 (E28S) back in 1984, becoming the fastest four door production saloon of its time. Powering the 1984 M5 was the same 24 valve, six-cylinder 3.5 litre engine from the BMW M1 sports car delivering 282BHP
The new model M5 is going to be released in February 2018 and features an enhanced 4.4 litre V8 engine and a revised 4 wheel drive system specifically made for the super saloon. Both the engine and drive-train work together to deliver performance figures that surpass any previous M5 incarnations.
2018 BMW M5 (F90) Performance Stats
- 4.4 Litre Twin Turbo V8
- 8 speed M Steptronic Automatic Gearbox.
- 4 Wheel Drive
- 750Nm of Torque
- 0-62mph 3.4 seconds
- 0-124mph 11.1 seconds
The M5’s 4.4 litre V8 M Twin Power Turbo is more powerful than ever and develops 70Nm more than the previous M5 with 750Nm from 1,800rpm all the way to 5,600rpm.
The engine’s performance can be changed on the fly via the Drive performance button, changing from the default efficient to Sport and Sport plus provides a faster throttle and quicker turbo response.
The extra power from the V8 comes from newly designed turbochargers and higher injection pressures (up to 350bar). The additions shorten the injection time and provide greater fuel atomisation, making it both more efficient and faster.
The new four wheel drive system named M xDrive is responsible for the supercar like acceleration taking just 3.4 seconds to get up to 62mph and 11.1 seconds to reach 124mph both from a standing start. To put the 0-60 figure into
M xDrive is the first time 4 wheel drive has been integrated into the M5, The intelligent system can switch power between the front and rear wheels, it can also be switched into rear wheel drive only at the touch of a button, perfect for taking your £90,000 luxury saloon for a ride around the track.
Externally the M5 has uniquely designed wing mirrors, dynamically controlling the airflow around the car and look like wings from the front. The bonnet and front wings are made from aluminium and the roof is made from reinforced carbon fibre and plastic to further reduce the overall weight of the car.
The front bumper has been redeveloped with larger openings to cool the engine, brakes, transmission and to cope with the extra heat of pushing the M5 to the limit on a track day. Further M5 specific parts include a new rear diffuser, rear spoiler, sill panels and rear apron.
The motor sport division of BMW have also modified and redesigned the suspension creating more control for the driver when unleashing all of the 600bhp. Variable dampers that change along with the different driving modes, stiffer anti roll bars, additional cross struts and an aluminium cross brace all increase stability during cornering.
Expect to see the new 2018 BMW M5 at The Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany from Thursday the 14th of September.