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Pure performance: ten good reasons to choose BMW M5

Superb controllabity at very high speeds: the new generation of the BMW M5 is the first ever all-wheel-drive version of this high-powered saloon. We showcase this feature together with nine other highlights of the new performance model.

Photos
Simon Puschmann
Words
Michael Seitz

1. Carbon-fibre roof
Despite its more powerful engine and the new BMW M xDrive all-wheel drive system, the new BMW M5 still weighs less than its predecessor model. One reason for this is the carbon roof. Like all the most powerful BMW M models, the BMW M5 is fitted with a roof made of lightweight carbon fibre (CFRP), a black “miracle material” that brings weight savings of approximately 50 per cent. And roof level is the strategically ideal location for a lightweight component, because reducing the weight at the vehicle’s highest point lowers its centre of gravity, which in turn makes the car sportier and enhances driving pleasure. Powerfully defined feature lines, which extend all the way from the bonnet to the roof, make for an eye-catching finishing touch.

2. BMW M xDrive
This model is fitted with one of the technically most sophisticated, dynamic and responsive all-wheel drive systems in any production car. The engineers’ first priority was to preserve the typical driving feel of a rear-wheel-drive sports saloon. So drive to the front wheels is only engaged when the rear wheels have reached their traction limit and more drive power needs to be transferred to the road. This way, even under particularly sporty driving demands, taking the vehicle dynamics to the limit, the new BMW M5 remains effortlessly controllable, with BMW M xDrive taking driving pleasure and achievable speeds to a whole new level. The all-wheel-drive system allows the high-performance saloon to race from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds. Even the BMW M test drivers on the Nürburgring North Loop were impressed. On some track sections – where previous vehicles were unable to achieve the same speeds – they actually had to develop an entirely new set of braking points.

Engineering milestone: the M5 has not so much been revised as completely rethought. The result is one of the premier high-performance saloons in the world.

Lighting the way: illuminated BMW M5 insignia in the doorsill finishers and the backrests of the seats welcome passengers on board.

Lighting the way: illuminated BMW M5 insignia in the doorsill finishers and the backrests of the seats welcome passengers on board.

The powerful heart beating under the aluminium bonnet needs plenty of oxygen. The M TwinPower Turbo V8 sucks in several hundred litres of air per second through large air intakes at the front of the vehicle.

The powerful heart beating under the aluminium bonnet needs plenty of oxygen. The M TwinPower Turbo V8 sucks in several hundred litres of air per second through large air intakes at the front of the vehicle.

3. Light show
The ambient lighting and custom instrument cluster graphics specially designed for the BMW M5 accentuate the high-octane, sporty atmosphere of the interior. The new Head-Up Display has a 70 per cent larger projection surface than in the previous model, and now shows not only shift point, rpm and gear selection details but also navigation data.

4. Cutting-edge driver assistance systems
Few sports saloons offer such a compelling combination of superior track-ready performance and modern executive car comfort. This can be attributed in part to features such as the intuitive BMW iDrive control with Touch Display and Gesture Control and state-of-the-art driver assistance systems. These include the optional Driving Assistant plus package, which supports drivers when required with the Steering and Lane Control Assistant as well as automated lane-changing.

5. Engine
With its combination of high revving ability (up to 7,200 rpm) and impressive power (441 kW/600 hp), the BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 is virtually unparalleled for an engine of this calibre. Specially matched to this powertrain, the exhaust gas routing gets the twin turbochargers to spool up quickly and efficiently, packing highly compressed intake air into all eight cylinders. Here the pressurised fuel-air mixture ignites to provide practically lag-free torque of up to 750 Newton metres.

6. Transmission
For the first time, the new BMW M5 comes to the starting grid with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and Drivelogic. Depending on the shift setting that has been selected, the gears are automatically engaged almost instantly or steering wheel paddle shifters allow the driver to change gears manually.

With its combination of high revving ability (up to 7,200 rpm) and impressive power (441 kW/600 hp), the BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 is virtually unparalleled for an engine of this calibre.

Two red BMW M1 and M2 steering wheel buttons allow drivers to select their preferred personal settings for driving mode, engine response, steering and damping, and to activate the display mode in the Head-Up Display.

Two red BMW M1 and M2 steering wheel buttons allow drivers to select their preferred personal settings for driving mode, engine response, steering and damping, and to activate the display mode in the Head-Up Display.

7. Interior
The redesigned interior of the BMW M5 is in equal parts functional, luxurious and sporty. The high-end specifications include a Bowers & Wilkens Surround Sound System with illuminated speakers and M multi-function seats (both of which are optional), as well as a redesigned gear selector lever with integrated buttons for the Drivelogic transmission settings and the parking lock.

8. M Differential
Like all BMW M models, the new BMW M5 uses a fast-acting locking differential to split engine power efficiently between the two rear wheels. For the first time, carbon clutch discs are used to provide even more sensitive control of this power split. To harness the full potential of the new BMW M xDrive all-wheel drive system, the BMW M engineers developed what they call a Central Intelligence Unit. This monitors all driving dynamics parameters and masterminds the operation of the relevant components such as the engine, brakes, steering, all-wheel drive system and locking differential. The software reads driving situations proactively, on the basis of the incoming data, and in split seconds configures all the settings to match the driver’s preferences as closely as possible. The continuous fine adjustments performed by the system are so unobtrusive that even trained drivers pushing the vehicle close to its physical limits will not realise they are taking place. All they will notice is that on any surface and in any weather they can handle the vehicle with exceptional control and supreme confidence.

9. Final flourish
The aerodynamic design of the shapely and distinctive rear end, embellished by its four tailpipes, is perfectly balanced. At high speeds and during fast cornering, the finely honed aerodynamic set-up increases the downforce on the rear wheels for a confident feeling at the steering wheel. For the first time, the new BMW M5 is available with an optional performance exhaust system, which comes with a different configuration and even sportier sound.

10. Bright lights
Stylish Adaptive LED Headlights are standard on the new BMW M5. They come with anti-dazzle High-Beam Assist.

The exhaust system with dual twin tailpipes is a hallmark of BMW M styling. The special aerodynamically honed tail-end design makes for even more effortless roadholding.

The exhaust system with dual twin tailpipes is a hallmark of BMW M styling. The special aerodynamically honed tail-end design makes for even more effortless roadholding.

Bright lights: stylish Adaptive LED Headlights are standard on the new BMW M5. They come with anti-dazzle High-Beam Assist.

Bright lights: stylish Adaptive LED Headlights are standard on the new BMW M5. They come with anti-dazzle High-Beam Assist.

Model facts

BMW M5 Limousine

Displacement cc
Cylinders

4395
8

Output
kW (hp)

441 (600)

Torque Nm

750

Maximum speed
(with M Driver’s Package) km/h


250 (305)

Acceleration
0–100 km/h in s

3,4

Fuel economy
urban
inter-urban
combined


14,5
8,2
10,5

CO2 emissions
g/km

241

10/06/2017