New BMW M5 to start from $199,900 and will be powered by a 441kW twin turbo V8
BMW Australia has revealed that the new BMW M5 will be priced from $199,900 when it goes on sale in the second quarter of 2018.
The new M5 will carry over the twin-turbo 4.0 litre V8 of the previous model, but in this version the V8 will develop a neck-straining 441kW from 5,600-6,700rpm and an astonishing 750Nm from between 1,800 to 5,600rpm. By contrast, the mold M5 produced 423kW when equipped with the Competition Package.
The new BMW M5 will race from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds, and will roar on to 305km/h when the M Driver’s package is specified.
That V8 will send its power to a multi-mode all-wheel drive system, or M xDrive in BMW speak via an eight speed automatic, which replaces the dual-clutch unit in the old model. The xDrive system has a rear-wheel bias by default, but shifts power across the wheels as necessary.
Settings can be called upon by via the iDrive6 infotainment system and if you’re particularly hairy chested, the system can disconnect the front axle. BMW insists that the new BMW M5 is quicker around a track than the previous model when this mode is engaged.
The eight speed ‘box also offers a number of settings and drivers can swap cogs with the steering wheel mounted flappy paddles.
The drivetrain isn’t the only high tech part of the new BMW M5. The roof is carbon reinforced plastic which saves 1.5 kilos over aluminium, the double-wishbone front suspension is borrowed from the standard 5 Series, but BMW’s M Division has fettled it by increasing the track width for improved cornering and stability.
Aluminium supports located between strut tower and bulkhead also improve rigidity and front end response.
Around the back, the five-link set up has been strengthened and stiffened for greater responsiveness.
The new BMW M5 is also fitted with adaptive dampers with three modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus as does the M Servotronic electro-mechanical steering.
The new BMW M5 sounds like quite the weapon.