Based on the sixth-generation 5 Series sedan, the all-new 2018 BMW M5 has started to reveal itself to impatient fans of performance cars. What will it have to offer? It starts with BMW’s innovative M xDrive drivetrain system, designed to ensure improved traction and a more dynamic road performance than ever before.
“The core component of M xDrive is a central intelligence unit with M-specific software delivering integrated control of longitudinal and lateral dynamics. The new drivetrain technology – making its debut on the new BMW M5 – therefore combines all of the agility and precision of standard rear-wheel drive with the supreme poise and traction of the all-wheel-drive system,” explained Frank van Meel, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH. “As a result, the new BMW M5 can be piloted with the familiar blend of sportiness and unerring accuracy on both the race track and the open road – and in various weather conditions, too.”
We’ve also learned that five driving modes will be available, three of which allow for personalized configurations when the stability-control module is turned off; drivers can also choose to deactivate the all-wheel drive in favour of a traditional rear-wheel drive.
The new BMW M5 will be fitted with a newly-programmed M Steptronic 8-speed transmission box, which allows for easier gear shifting and reduces fuel consumption, and a next-generation 4.4L TwinPower V8 turbo engine that promises to deliver more power and torque than previously, not to mention faster 0-100 km/h acceleration. No official performance figures have been announced by BMW as of yet, but the new turbochargers, higher injection pressure, upgraded lubrication and cooling systems and modified, lighter exhaust system promised by the automaker can only add up to some very satisfying capabilities.
On the road, BMW promises to harness the increased power of the 2018 M5 with improved stability and steering precision, thanks in large part to the Active M differential which takes care of distributing the torque between the rear wheels. The driver, meanwhile, benefits from a streamlined, clearer cockpit fitted with a newly fine-tuned M Sport steering wheel and a refined head-up display.
An exciting first glimpse of the 2018 BMW M5, then, and one that will be followed up with more images and details (such as pricing) in the coming months. Stay tuned!