BMW has released official details and pictures of the upcoming 6th generation M5 ahead of its UK arrival due in 2018.
Details have emerged that the latest M5 will offer 592bhp from its 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 and generate 553 lb-ft of torque. Key to its weight loss from its predecessor is the addition of the new carbon roof; the first to ever be installed on an M5. Other distinctive M features include: 20″ M light alloy wheels, M Twin Tailpipes, a striking M kidney grille with High-gloss black double slats and M mirror caps with aerodynamic winglet. The latest M5 will also now finally feature four-wheel drive, a move not seen previously from M-car models (not including SUVs). This will be connected to a torque converter automatic gearbox, in place of the MDCT twin-clutch found in the previous M5, apparently improving the ‘everyday refinement of the car’.
These new additions result in a blisteringly fast (claimed) 0-62mph time of 3.4 secon
ds and a 0-124mph time of 11.1 seconds. The M5 isn’t short of equipment either, the usual manual control option via the gear selector and paddles and a variety of driving modes make a continued appearance, although there will also be the option to customise and store various setup options that can be easily accessed via the steering wheel. A red starter button dominates the cockpit, as well as a heads up display and a variety of standard and additional options.
The technologies adopted in the new BMW M5 have been tailored to help achieve peak driving performance. For example, the M specific instrument cluster features five displays: speedometer, rev counter, fuel gauge, oil temperature and fuel consumption. Also featured is a status indicator for the M Driving dynamics systems: steering, suspension, engine, Drivelogic and M xDrive.
The M specific BMW Head-Up Display and improved Speed Limit Information, as well as the optional Driving Assistant Plus with Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, all exhibit the technological prowess of the new BMW M5.
The high-revving V8 Bi-turbo engine has two TwinScroll turbochargers with variable turbine geometry, High-Precision Injection and a fully variable Valvetronic valve control. Combined with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission and M xDrive all-wheel drive system, adrenaline-charged driving experiences are guaranteed.
The latest M5 will be on sale in 2018 with prices starting from £89,640.
In the name of Top Tumps lets look at the comparison between its nearest rival the Mercedes AMG E63 S.
M5:592BHP @ 5750 to 6500 rpm
E63 S: 603BHP @5600 to 6700 rpm (slightly wider range)
M5: 750Nm @ 1800 to 5600 rpm (as before, slightly wider)
E63 S: 850Nm @ 2500 to 4500 rpm
E63 S: 1955kg
M5: 8 speed ZF torque converter
E63 S: 9 speed multi-clutch (MCT) sports transmission
Which would you choose?