Next generation BMW M5 to be powered by twin-turbo V8 and will be fitted with the brand’s M xDrive four-wheel drive system
BMW has confirmed that the next-generation BMW M5 will have all-wheel drive, just like its arch-nemesis, the Mercedes-AMG E63.
The new BMW M5 will be powered by BMW’s twin-turbo 4.4 litre V8, mated to an eight-speed automatic which drives all four wheels via an M xDrive four-wheel drive system.
The M xDrive system will offer drivers a number of different settings, including 4WD (default setting), 4WD Sport and 2WD. Working in conjunction with the dynamic stability control, each setting progressively allows the driver more control
The fitment of a rear M differential means that there’s effectively a drift mode, to be utilised on appropriate racetracks only, of course.
While BMW is being tight-lipped on specifics, they have confirmed that the 4.4 litre turbo V8 will have more power and torque than its predecessor – they’re not saying how much – there’s higher pressure fuel injection, new turbochargers, more effective lubrication and cooling systems and a lighter exhaust system that emits a louder bark than the old model.
The eight-speed auto has three drive modes and drivers can swap cogs by either nudging the newly designed gear lever or paddles mounted on the back of the steering wheel.
That new gear lever also has a toggle switch that allows to quickly switch between the car’s drive modes.
The new BMW M5’s 0-100 km/h and quarter mile sprint times are yet to be announced, but BMW promises that the new sports sedan will leave not only the old model eating its dust.
The average fuel consumption is decent too, with BMW quoting 10.5 litres per 100 kilometres on a combined cycle.
The cabin gets a sportier treatment, and there’s a freestanding information display, memory options for car settings such as those for the transmission, engine and suspension.
There’s an enormous heads up display (HUD) that’s 70 per cent bigger than the one in the old car. The HUD projects information such as road speed, road signs, a tachometer and it signals the driver when to change gears.
More information will become available closer to the car’s launch.