Leaked reports reveal more about new BMW M5

Based on the latest 5 Series and billed as the quickest, most technologically advanced M-car ever, the all-new 2018 BMW M5 also is the first to feature the performance-focused M xDrive system that lets the vehicle operate in either a rear- or all-wheel drive configuration.

M xDrive has four different modes related to the DSC setting chosen; with DSC on the all-wheel drive system is active but will only send drive to the front wheels when the rears can no longer cope, while choosing M Dynamic Mode for the DSC allows for more slip and a greater rear-wheel bias.

Powering this new M5 is a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine producing 592bhp and 553lb ft of torque.

The new BMW M5 is priced from £89,640, making it nearly £40,000 more expensive than the current range-topping 5 Series, the 530d xDrive M Sport.

The driver can also choose from Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes for the Variable Damper Control (VDC) system - which has M-specific tuning - and the M Servotronic steering. That means owners can switch to a pure rear-wheel-drive mode.

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The new BMW M5 sedan's powerful engine will enable it to sprint from zero to 62 miles per hour (mph) in just around 3.5 seconds. Despite the new, complicated all-wheel-drive system, the new M5 weighs roughly the same as the outgoing M5 and a few dozen pounds less than the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive. With this cooperation BMW can reach out to a new audience that is truly digital. Plus, drivers can turn the system off, reverting the M5 back to rear-wheel drive, although this mode is intended for track use only.

Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, but can be raised to 305km/h when the M Driver's Package is optioned. A series of performance settings, steering wheel controls, and transmission-mounted buttons are set in place to help you configure the M5's power. Also new is the rear diffuser.

Since it's a 5 Series underneath, the 2018 BMW M5 remains quite the technological marvel. The front bumper has larger air intakes while the front side panels have M gills (and are made of aluminum to cut weight, as is the hood). 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. 20-inch items can be specified as an option (front: 275/35 R 20 tyres on 9.5 x 20 rims, rear: 285/35 R 20 tyres on 10.5 x 20 rims). Scheduled for launch on the same sales start date as the standard M5 is the BMW M5 First Edition.

Cabin upgrades will extend to piano black finishes, M multifunction seats, "Smoke White" full-leather upholstery with red stitching and an individually-numbered build plate. It will be exclusively appointed and features BMW Individual Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork (seen in the gallery above) and will cost an additional €19,500 ($23,046 USD) over the standard model.

  • Regina Holmes