Even before it was introduced, we had a clear idea of what the brand-new 2018 BMW M5 was going to look like, and there is nothing wrong with meeting the expectations. German brand didn’t try to hide much, and the officials have been confirming one detail after another about their super sports sedan.
This BMW was officially unveiled on Monday, and even though we knew what to expect, we were standing in awe of such a beautiful creation. It is a brand-new BMW M5 which produces 600 horsepower and has an AWD system which is remarkable enough.
2018 BMW M5 Engine Details
Since we are already familiar with the design of the new beast, which was shown through a series of leaked photos, we will not be discussing it in greater details, since you can see the cues and particularities by yourself. We are more interested what lies beneath the hood of the car. When you open the hood, you will see the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine which reaches the peak 600 horsepower somewhere between 5,700 and 6,600 rpm. With this amount of horsepower, as well as 553 lb-ft of torque, the new M5 can easily compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
The transmission used is an eight-speed performance-tuned automatic which has been modified to lock up its torque converter as quickly as possible once you start driving the car. There are three separate automatic shift modes which drivers can shuffle between. The new M5 is special because it is the first BMW M car which offers all-wheel drive (excluding the X5 M and X6 M models). The AWD is modified to send more power to the rear wheels than the front. Speaking of the rear wheels, they are separated by an active limited-slip differential. When you switch to M Dynamic Mode and 4WD Sport, the rear axle is even more active, which allows more wheel slip and thus more oversteer. If you really want to go berserk, you can throw that AWD system into a rear-wheel-drive mode, and you will have the new M5 vaporizing its tires just like its predecessors.
If you want to feel all the power coming from the V8 engine, you will need all four wheels. According to BMW, the new M5 can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds while the sprint to 124 mph takes only 11.1 seconds. The top speed will be unfortunately limited to at least 155 mph, but the versions which incorporate the M Driver’s Package will reach 189 mph.
You will need to stop at one point during your high-speed drive and the standard brakes – 15.5-inch discs with six-piston calipers at the front and 14.9-inch discs with single-piston floating calipers in the back-are in charge of that task. However, if you want to utilize the sedan to the fullest, perhaps the better solution is adding optional carbon-ceramic brakes of about the same size. Color is also the difference between them as the standard have blue calipers, while the carbon brakes come with gold ones.
Changes and Equipment
Furthermore, the engineers had to shed some weight off of the new BMW M5. The air intakes in front have been embiggened, while the oil cooler is embedded into the central intake to improve the car’s heat-shedding abilities. Carbon-fiber reinforced plastic has been used for the roof, which helped reduce the weight as well as to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity improving handling and performances.
In the cabin, you can find all of the necessary and modern features such as iDrive, a heads-up display, Gesture Control and a lot of leather. Since this is the M5 we are talking about, the aggressive sports seats and chunky M steering wheel with two buttons for suspension, engine, and transmission settings are standard.
What do you think about the new 2018 BMW M5?