The new 2018 BMW M5 (F90) takes on a new driving dynamics into a new dimension. The sixth generation sedan from the high-performance sedan is a new M-xDrive engine with a M-specific All-Wheel-Drive. This drive system not only enables the M5 to achieve new heights of dynamic performance, but also differs from the convenience of daylight saving and provides a high level of balance in all driving conditions.
Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW M GmbH, Frank van Meel, explains the benefits of the pioneering drivetrain technology aboard the new BMW M5: “Thanks to M xDrive, the new BMW M5 can be piloted with the familiar blend of sportiness and unerring accuracy both on the race track and out on the open road, while also delighting drivers with its significantly enhanced directional stability and controllability right up to the limits of performance when driving in adverse conditions such as in the wet or snow.”
The car’s ability to juggle complete suitability for everyday use on the one hand and sheer driving pleasure and superb track performance on the other is down to the M xDrive system’s central intelligent control capability. When the engine is first started, the new 2018 BMW M5 will be in all-wheel-drive mode (4WD) with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) switched on. The driver is then able to vary the handling characteristics of the M5 by activating various driving dynamics modes, including a rear-wheel-drive mode with no DSC. In this 2WD mode, the new BMW M5 allows accomplished drivers to enjoy a purebred form of driving pleasure.
Design, Interior and Exterior
“The BMW M5 has always embodied the perfect blend of mature business sedan and high-performance components. So you can think of the BMW M5 as the world’s fastest-moving tailored suit.” These are the words chosen by Domagoj Dukec, Vice President of Design BMW i and BMW M, to sum up the brief for the new M5. Like all the models to come out of BMW M GmbH HQ in Garching, its design is M-specific and driven by function. For example, the newly designed front bumper trim, with its larger air intakes, has the task of keeping the cooling systems and brakes sufficiently supplied with cooling air – even in exacting use on the race track. The car has a wider track than its predecessor, and the front side panels (made from aluminium to save weight) bear the signature M gills.
In addition, the aluminum lid – these fine lines make an amazing sculpture and visualize into shape of the roof. It is expanding. In M5, the roof was made of plastic that was doped with very light high-strength carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP).
The rear diffuser of M5 has likewise been redesigned. Together with the side skirts, the M rear apron and M rear spoiler play their part in giving the M5 its powerfully sporting appearance, and the exterior mirrors have a dynamic, Mspecific design. The hexagonal central air intake in the front end not only separates itself sculpturally from the side air intakes, in another example of form following function it also incorporates the oil cooler.
The interior focuses squarely on the driver; absolute control in all driving situations is the motto here. At the same time, the BMW M5 offers space for up to four passengers, a large boot and excellent ride comfort. As a highperformance sports car and business sedan in one, it blends the best of both worlds.
Features and Technology
The precise, agile handling that drivers have come to expect from previous generations of the M5 has been further optimised for the new car. Individual driver needs are met by the wide range of options for configuring the vehicle, including: M xDrive, the eight-speed M Steptronic with Drivelogic, the Mspecific Variable Damper Control (incl. three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus) with electronically controlled shock absorbers and M Servotronic steering (incl. three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus). A top priority when tuning the chassis of the new BMW M5 was to achieve neutral steering behaviour, even at the dynamic limits. An important factor here is linear build-up of transverse loads across the full range of lateral acceleration. Whatever the driving situation, the electromechanical M Servotronic steering delivers exactly the right amount of steering torque. This ensures that the new BMW M5 has superbly accurate steering and always delivers clear feedback. What’s more, the car is great for long-distance driving, as well as being a joy in the city and on short journeys thanks to the low steering force required for manoeuvring and parking.
The familiar double-wishbone suspension from the front axle of the BMW 5-Series has been reworked from the ground up for the new BMW M5 with M xDrive. M engineers have redesigned every component to factor in Mspecific kinematic and elastokinematic characteristics. Directional stability is greater than ever thanks to the increased track width. The five-link rear suspension has also been modified to meet M-specific requirements. New toe links featuring stiffer rubber mounts help accommodate the increased demands on the driving dynamics and steering precision, as do firmer anti-roll bars and lower wishbones that have been optimised for stiffness. Specially developed for the M5, the elastomer bearings on the rear axle mounts ensure that there is no delay in transferring chassis forces, which makes for superbly direct handling. An additional steel X-brace and an aluminium transverse strut increase the stiffness of the chassis linkages at the rear axle, resulting in improved response. Further chassis modifications not visible externally perform functions that are no less important. For example, an aluminium tower-to-bulkhead stiffening profile and two tower-to-frontend struts enhance stiffness at the front of the car.
The complete chassis and powertrain package put together by the BMW M engineers is so good that even experienced racers like ex-Formula One star and BMW works driver Timo Glock are impressed: “Thanks to M xDrive, the new BMW M5 goes beyond the precise, agile drive that we’ve come to expect – it also serves up a noticeable boost in traction and controllability, both in everyday situations and at the dynamic limit.”
The tyres fitted as standard on the BMW M5 (275/40 R 19 at the front and 285/40 R 19 at the rear) have been specially selected. They are mounted on five-double-spoke cast light-alloy wheels in polished Orbit Grey (front: 9.5 J x 19, rear: 10.5 J x 19). 20-inch seven-double-spoke wheels in black or polished black are available as an option (front: 275/35 R 20, at rear: 285/35 R 20). All wheels are ZR speed rated, making them suitable for the top speed of 305 km/h (189 mph) achieved by the new BMW M5 with M Driver’s Package (standard version: 250 km/h / 155 mph).
Engine and Performance
Under the bonnet, new BMW M5 equipped with the latest and most advanced version of the 4.4-litre V8 engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology. Output of 441 kW/600 hp and peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) promise supreme propulsive power and formidable performance. The twinturbo V8 unit propels the new M5 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 3.4 seconds, for instance. The task of relaying the drive power falls to the new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, which teams up with the M xDrive system to transfer the high-revving engine’s turbocharged might to the road to optimum effect in all driving conditions. The upshot of all this is that the new BMW M5 is not just the fastest of all the M5 models built since 1984, but the most nimble too.
2018 BMW M5 Price and Release Dates
The new BMW M5 (the F90) sees BMW M GmbH writing the next chapter in a success story which began over 30 years ago and is based on an apparently simple recipe: unbeatable sports performance and unimpeachable everyday usability brought together into one supreme package.
The new M5 can be ordered in a variety of exterior colours, some of which are reserved exclusively for the M5. New additions to the spectrum include Marina Bay Blue Metallic, an intense shade of blue. Matt finishes such as Frozen Dark Silver and Frozen Arctic Grey can be specified as an option. Inside the car, exclusive aluminium applications with a carbon-structure provide a special sporting flourish.
BMW M5 Competitors
BMW M5 in its segment to compete with competitors in its class, such as Audi RS7, Jaguar XFR-S, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Porsche Panamera Turbo