2018 BMW M5 – IAA 2017 Live
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Making its public debut at the IAA 2017 is the 2018 BMW M5. It is based on the seventh generation 5 Series and was officially revealed on August 21, 2017.
A 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo engine powers the 2018 BMW M5. While it is the same basic unit as the outgoing car’s, engineers have carried out significant revisions. It gets newly developed turbochargers, ultra-efficient indirect charge air cooling and increased fuel injection pressure to help raise power and torque. The engine develops 441 kW (600 hp) at 5,600 – 6,700 rpm. The colossal 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque is available from as low down as 1,800 rpm and fizzles out not until 5,600 rpm. It can achieve speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds and does 0 to 200 km/h in 11.1 seconds (124 mph). Top speed, meanwhile, is an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph), but the optional M Driver’s Package increases it to 305 km/h (189 mph).
Power is sent to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive AWD setup. A central transfer case with multi-plate clutch distributes drive between the front and rear axle, as required. The driver can turn the system completely off and switch to just rear wheel drive with DSC turned off.
Visually, the M5 differs from the vanilla 5-series thanks to larger aperture air inlets feeding the cooling systems and brakes. There is also a rear diffuser and quad pipe setup at the back. The car rides on 19-inch light-alloy wheels in Orbit Grey and M-specific tyres. 20-inch rims are offered as an option. In the standard spec, the 2018 BMW M5 also features Merino leather and M seats with electric adjustment.
BMW is accepting orders for the new M5 can with deliveries scheduled to begin in spring 2018. The 2018 BMW M5 starts at €117,900. The BMW M5 First Edition, limited to a run of 400 examples worldwide, has the BMW Individual Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork. The fully loaded edition costs an extra €19,500 over the standard model.