The 2018 BMW M5, the performance-oriented sport sedan in the BMW 5-Series lineup is set to make a debut later this year. The model which is entering its 6th generation is for the first time ever set to gain an AWD system. The system commonly known as xDrive in BMW quarters is available as an option in other markets except in the U.S.A. where it is offered as a standard feature. Addition of the xDrive means BMW has decided to emulate the M5 top rivals namely the Audi RS7 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S which both use AWD.
2018 BMW M5 Exterior
The M5 is usually a beefed-up version of the regular 5-Series sedan. Thus, the M5 looks sportier than the regular 5-Series. The M5 exterior is also optimized for better aerodynamics. To this end, the model comes with large intakes on the bumper to help channel more air to cool the engine as well as to the front brakes. The grille features double slats in a standard black finish; one can, however, choose the entire grille in a black trim to augur with the window trim on the optional Shadowlike package.
The hood has an exclusive M-spec design with extra creases to highlight its masculinity. To save weight, the hood is made from aluminum. This weight saving formula is extended to the roof which is made of carbon-reinforced plastic.
On the sides, you will definitely not fail to spot the model’s 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 275/40s tires at the front and 285/40s tires at the rear. What’s more, you can opt for 20-inch alloy wheels fitted with 275/35s and 285/35 tires at the front and rear respectively. Looking closely at the wheels you will discover M compound brakes that feature 15.5-inch steel rotors and 15-inch units at the front and rear respectively. The M5 also features blue-painted, 6-piston brake calipers with the M logo. M carbon ceramic units whose calipers are finished in a golden color are optional. The flanks also feature redesigned side skirts.
The rear features a gigantic diffuser surrounded by two exhaust tips on each side; the active exhaust system has also been revised to save weight. The rear also features M5 badges to flaunt its exclusivity in the 5-Series lineup.
Sliding into the M5 cabin, BMW has made sure you won’t confuse it for a regular 5 Series sedan as the cabin is riddled with M badges. Front bucket seats look sportier compared to the current M5 and they are wrapped with Merino premium leather as standard with an option for semi-aniline leather. The front seats are 20-way power adjustable, heated, and ventilated; the seats also have massage functions.
Most of the equipment in the regular models carry over to the M5 including the dashboard which is borrowed from the bigger 7 Series as well as the design for door panels and sound insulation materials. The model, however, features an M-spec instrument panel that features circular dials with red needles. There is a speedometer on the left while a rev counter is slotted on the right; the latter features sporty shift rights as well as a pre-warning field for variable rpm. The center part of the cluster features gear selection readouts, M xDrive mode, Drivelogic shift program as well as suspension and the drive settings currently engaged. Most of this information will be broadcasted onto the windscreen upon activation of the Head-Up Display. The shifter integrates a 3-position rocker switch that is used to select Drivelogic shift programs. In addition to the gear shifter, the driver can change gears via shift paddles located behind the model’s steering wheel.
The model also comes with a high-resolution 10.25-inch touch-screen that enables access to other vehicle functions, navigation system, and entertainment features. Other features in the package include Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging. Gesture control is standard on the M5.
Engine and performance
I know you are yearning to know what the new 2018 BMW M5 carries under the hood; well, let’s get right into it. The performance-oriented Beemer still comes with a twin-turbocharged 4.4 L, V-8. BMW has however retuned the engine to offer more power. The new unit produces an amazing 591 hp (600ps) as well as 553 lb-ft of torque representing an improvement of 40 horsepower as well as 53 lb-ft of torque What’s more; peak torque is achieved from only 1800 rpm. The power hike propels the M5 to make a dash to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and can reach a top speed of 189 mph if you add the M Driver’s Package. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission system that is performance-oriented. The system works with BMW’s xDrive AWD system that has a rear bias meaning most of the power is channeled to the rear wheels with front wheels coming into play when need be.
The power hike is courtesy of redesigned cooling and lubrication systems, improvement of injection pressure to 350 bar from 200 bar in the previous M5 and revised twin-scroll turbochargers that produce 24.5 psi of boost. In addition, the automaker optimized the model’s cross-bank exhaust manifolds to provide additional exhaust pulses to the revised turbochargers.
Based on M xDrive and DSC modes, a driver can choose 5 combinations which are DSC On, MDM, DSC Off with AWD, 2WD and AWD Sport.
The chassis is also revised; the 5-link rear suspension and the front’s double-A-arm suspension have been revised while the track was expanded for enhanced directional stability. The model also features stiffer rubber mounts, a steel X-brace, and thicker anti-roll bars. An M Servotronic speed-sensitive steering system is optional.
Price and release date
Official information about the 2018 BMW M5 prices in the U.S. market is not available yet but the model starts at €117,900 in Europe. Only 400 units will be produced for the 2018 model year in what BMW has christened “First Edition”; of these, the U.S. market will get only 50 samples. These models will have an exclusive Frozen Dark exterior paint finish. Deliveries into BMW dealerships will commence next spring (2018).