BMW unveiled the new M5, the fastest M5 ever, 3 weeks before its official debut at the Frankfurt auto show. The car is equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 bi turbo engine that delivers 600 hp between 5,600 and 6,700 rpm with 750 Nm of torque.
The engine is coupled with an automatic M Steptronic 8-speed transmission and it has three operating modes, Efficient, Sport, and Sport Plus. It has a 0-100 km/h acceleration of 3.4 seconds, it can do the 0-200 km/h in 11.1 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
BMW can remove the speed limiter, for the customers that do not want it and then the top speed of the car can reach 305 km/h. It has an average fuel consumption of 10.5 liters/100 km and it emits 241 g/km of CO2.
The big change is that the new M5 is four-wheel drive, it features the M xDrive system, a technology that allows it to be converted from four-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, depending on the preferences of the driver, with the touch of a button. By default, the system sends the power on both axes, with more torque being sent to the rear wheels.
The new M5 has a new body kit, consisting of new bumpers, a new grille, a large diffuser and quad exhaust tailpipes. It stands on 19-inch rims, with Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Its additional equipment includes carbon-ceramic brakes which weigh 23 kilos less, in comparison to the standard brakes.
The total weight of the M5 is 1,855 kg, weighing over 90 kg less than the previous generation. This was achieved thanks to the use of CFRP in various parts of the body, such as the roof. Its interior has bucket seats, a leather upholstery, carbon decorations and a head-up display.
Originally the new M5 will be offered in the First Edition, which will be available in just 400 units worldwide and will be painted in the Frozen Red Metallic Dark color of BMW Individual. Its orders in Europe will start from September, with the M5 to have a starting price in Germany from €118,000. The BMW M5 First Edition will cost an additional €20,000. The first deliveries of the car will be made by the spring of 2018.