March 21 2018

New BMW M5 makes global debut - Goes on sale next year

March 21 2018, 12:41 | Geraldine Moore

New BMW M5 makes global debut - Goes on sale next year

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The new auto will be capable of seeing off the 0-62mph dash in just 3.4 seconds, and the top speed will be electronically limited to 155mph. The 2018 M5 reaches 0-60 miles per hour in only 3.2 seconds, making it the quickest M5 yet.

The M5 is a performance variant of the 5 Series, featuring a powerful V8 engine and a stiffer chassis for buyers looking for a saloon that can perform both on and off the circuit. The 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox of the previous model has been ditched in favour of a ZF-sourced 8-speed torque converter.

Three months ago, BMW teased us with a photo gallery of the newly redesigned 2018 BMW M5.

German brand BMW has unveiled the latest in its long line of super saloons - the F90 M5.

First launched in 1984, the BMW M5 is regarded as the quintessential high-performance sports sedan due to its purebred racing genes. BMW also says, thanks to the new AWD system, that stability control ought to kick in less often; chalk that one up to the increased grip.

Using a much-modified version of today's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, the new model cuts around half a second from the 0-62mph time, taking it down to a scant 3.4 seconds. The large digital display from the BMW 5-Series was reconfigured specifically for M. It informs the driver about dynamic modes, the all-wheel drive M xDrive and the Drivelogic setting.

Beyond the updated V8 and M xDrive system, the new M5 also features M compound brakes or optional M carbon ceramic brakes that provide a 50 lb. unsprung weight reduction.

A new exhaust system addresses some criticisms that the previous M5 wasn't shouty enough. Nevertheless, the move for exclusively an automatic tuned eight-speed M Steptronic transmission seems to be the right choice for an M5 of modern times.

Another change for the 2018 M5 is its M xDrive four-wheel-drive system.

Unlike M5s of years past, that kick is now sent to all four wheels.

So, if you're looking for a practical luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles but also like trolling a supercar or two on the school run, the BMW M5 may just be the vehicle for you.

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. The front bumper receives broader air intakes in order to help cool the engine and brakes, with a diffuser also being added to the rear of the vehicle.

BMW will start selling the M5 with the option of a special First Edition model limited worldwide to 400 examples, and offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. The gearshifter is new, the instrument panel is M-branded and the whole package is rounded off by an incredible (standard) set of M multifunctional front seats, clad in fine Merino leather and equipped with illuminated M5 logos.

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