The new BMW M5 takes driving dynamics into a new dimension. Making its debut in the sixth generation of the high-performance sedan is the new M-specific all-wheel-drive system M xDrive. Not only does this drive system enable the M5 to reach new heights of dynamic performance, it means that it excels in terms of everyday practicality and delivers supreme poise in all driving conditions as well. Frank van Meel, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW M GmbH, 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 BMW M5 will be in all-wheel-drive mode (4WD) with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) switched on. The driver is then able
Hard at work under the bonnet of the new BMW M5 is the latest and most advanced version of the 4.4-liter V8 engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology. The output of 441 kW/600 hp and peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) promise supreme propulsive power and formidable performance. The twin-turbo 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.
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The M engineers have implemented a raft of enhancements to endow the twin-turbo V8 with its phenomenal performance capabilities. These include newly developed turbochargers and a higher maximum injection pressure of 350 bar. This allows shorter injection times and improved
Modifications have likewise been made to the cross-bank exhaust manifolds for the new BMW M5. This has the effect of optimizing the transmission of energy from the exhaust gas flows to the turbine wheels of the two turbochargers and ensuring the best possible gas-exchange cycle. By fitting a Helmholtz resonator between the two silencers of the dual-branch exhaust system, the M engineers have succeeded in reducing its weight. The sound from the flap-controlled exhaust system varies depending on the selected mode for the engine characteristics, while the M Sound Control button also allows drivers of the new BMW M5 to soften its acoustic presence. The twin-turbo V8’s power is channeled to the road via the newly developed M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The wonderfully nimble rear-biased set-up is achieved by the M xDrive system only bringing the front wheels into play when the rear wheels aren’t able to transmit any more power to the road and additional tractive force is required. Even when it is being driven in an M TwinPower Turbo, M xDrive,
The sporty manner and unleashing high levels of power, the new BMW M5 with M xDrive behaves predictably and can be controlled with ease by the driver, paving the way for an even more intense experience of the business sedan’s phenomenal performance. The principal hardware components of M xDrive are based on the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and the Active M Differential, while the central M-specific driving dynamics control software takes care of orchestrating the various components to extremely innovative effect. The drivetrain has been reinforced for greater rigidity and strength to make allowance for the high torque, the rear-biased configuration
The result of all this is that the new BMW M5 can be piloted with even greater precision and directional accuracy, responds sensitively and directly to the driver’s inputs and thus requires few steering corrections when driving at the limit. More ambitious drivers can configure M xDrive at any time to suit their needs. Even in the default setting with both DSC and 4WD activated, the new BMW M5 allows a certain amount of slip at the rear wheels when accelerating out of corners to produce the agility for which M models are renowned. But the M5 also remains perfectly controllable at all times. The all-wheel drive’s superior traction helps to produce acceleration times that are simply phenomenal by sports sedan standards and would be worthy of a
The three modes available with the DSC system switched off have been configured chiefly for driving on race tracks. The 4WD mode is set up for the greatest possible controllability and traction, and already offers plenty of scope for exploring the dynamic performance capabilities of the new BMW M5. The 4WD Sport mode, meanwhile, with its blend of supreme steering precision, delightful handling, and reassuring traction, offers a sure-fire guarantee of unadulterated driving pleasure. The pure rear-wheel-drive mode (2WD) has been designed with the experienced and highly adept driver in mind. This opens up the same thrilling experience already offered by past generations of the M5, that of a high-performance sedan devoted to the art of generating driving pleasure with no control systems to hold it back. The new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic has also been strictly geared towards sporty performance.
The incredibly short shift times and optimal ratio spacing will keep even the most demanding driver happy. What’s more, the wide ratio spread of the eight-speed M Steptronic unit helps to optimize fuel efficiency, too. The M Steptronic transmission allows both fully automatic shifting and sequential gear shifts – using either the new short gear selector on the center console of the new BMW M5 or the M shift paddles on the steering wheel. The transmission has been engineered for instantaneous response and lightning-fast gear changes in classic M style. The torque converter lock-up clutch is already fully engaged once the car has pulled away. The transmission’s shift mapping can be modified using the Drivelogic rocker switch on the gear selector. Drivelogic mode 1 corresponds to efficient driving. Mode 2 lends itself to quick driving with its shortened shift times. And Drivelogic mode 3 is optimized for sporty driving on the track thanks to its extremely short shift times. Those preferring to shift gear manually can also execute sporty multiple downshifts to the lowest available gear, for instance when braking into tight corners. There are no automatic upshifts when the engine is revved to the limit either. A transmission oil cooler ensures flawless transmission operation even when the car is put through its paces on the track.
Unbeatable driving dynamics with maximum directional stability – that was the goal of the team responsible for tuning the new BMW M5 chassis. As is usual for BMW M GmbH, the tuning took place in part on the company’s own race circuit at Miramas in the south of France, as well as on the world’s toughest test track, the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The precise, agile handling that drivers have come to expect from previous generations of the M5 has been further optimized for the new car. Individual driver needs are met by the wide range of options for configuring the vehicle,
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 M-specific 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 optimized 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 aluminum transverse strut increase the stiffness of the chassis linkages at the rear axle, resulting in an
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
The new BMW M5 comes with M compound brakes fitted as standard. Being significantly lighter than conventional cast-iron items, these have the distinct benefit of reducing unsprung mass. At the front, the braking force is applied to perforated, inner-vented brake discs by blue-painted six-piston fixed calipers featuring the M logo. Deceleration at the rear is provided by single-piston floating caliper brakes, also in blue, with the integrated parking brake. M carbon-ceramic brakes are also available as an option on the new BMW M5. These are instantly recognizable from the gold-colored calipers with M logo (six-piston fixed calipers at the front, single-piston floating calipers at rear) and are 23 kilograms lighter, which means a further reduction in unsprung and rotating masses. This offers many benefits, including improved driving dynamics and increased suspension comfort. The M carbon-ceramic brakes provide
“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 Duke, Vice President of Design BMW i and BMW M, to sum
In an M5 first, the roof itself is made from extremely lightweight, high-strength carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The rear diffuser has likewise been redesigned. Together with the side skirts, the M rear apron,
When it comes to the equipment onboard the new BMW M5, the dynamic driving experience is always king. The center-point is the driver’s seat, from where all switches and buttons can be operated with optimum ergonomic convenience. All of the car’s functions are sited directly in the driver’s eye line. The large digital instrument cluster from the BMW 5 Series has an M-specific design and keeps the driver informed on the driving dynamic mode, M xDrive all-wheel-drive system’s setting and Drivelogic option currently engaged. Key elements here for the sporty driver are the variable rpm pre-warning field and shift lights that show the best time to change gears when in manual shift mode. This data can also be reflected in the M-specific Head-Up Display. Virtually all of the driving dynamic systems can be configured using the central touch display, buttons on the center console or M sports steering wheel, and the central information display offers gesture control.
The M5’s engine is stirred into life by pressing the red starter button. Among the essential features for drivers with sporting, aspirations are the two red-painted M1 and M2 buttons next to the gearshift paddles on the M multifunction steering wheel, which allow drivers to configure two individual set-ups for the M5. These include their choice of M xDrive, DSC, engine, transmission, damper, and steering characteristics, as well as the appearance of M view in the HeadUp Display. The new BMW M5 is trimmed with Merino leather as standard. The driver and front passenger settle into M sports seats with electric adjustment, seat heating and an embossed M logo in the head restraints. As well as electric adjustment for the seat depth, there is also pneumatic backrest width adjustment to deliver optimum lateral support, which is particularly important when the driver is pushing on. The driver’s seat also has a memory function. Available as an option are M multifunction seats with integral head restraints providing even better support in the shoulder area, an illuminated M5 logo and extended functions. With their racing-style bucket shape and the thicker side bolsters of the seat surface and backrest, the M multifunction seats offer even greater lateral support. For the first time, the new BMW M5 is now also available with all the driver assistance systems and features familiar from the new BMW 5 Series.
The new BMW M5 can be ordered in a variety of exterior colors, 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 aluminum applications with a carbon-structure provide a special sporting flourish.
Since 1984 the BMW M5 has been a standard-bearer for fast high-performance sedans preferring not to shout about their sporting potential. The various generations of the BMW M5 have always possessed pure-bred racing genes and acquitted themselves impressively on the race track as well as on the road. The new BMW M5 represents the sixth generation of the superpowered 5 Series. And, like those that have gone before it, the new model promises to continue BMW M GmbH’s record of building distinctive sports cars that really can be used every day. Below is a brief look back at the five generations of the BMW M5 that have gone before.
1984: The E28S BMW M5.
BMW Motorsport GmbH had already presented the M535i – a particularly sporty 5 Series – back in 1979 and followed it up with another M535i based on the E12’s successor (the E28) in 1984 before the first generation of the BMW M5 (the E28S) arrived on the scene in autumn that year. It was powered by the celebrated four-valve six-cylinder in-line engine with 3.5-liter displacement and 286 hp, which had also proved itself in race competition and was familiar from the mid-engined M1 sports car. Equipped with individual throttle butterflies, the engine powered the original M5 from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.5 seconds and gave it a top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph). That made the first BMW M5 the fastest four-door series-produced sedan of its time.
1988: The E34S/E34/5S BMW M5.
The introduction of the second-generation M5 (the E34S) in 1988 saw BMW Motorsport GmbH raise the power stakes by a clear margin once again. The new car developed 315 hp from its straight-six engine, whose displacement had been increased to 3.6 liters. That was enough to propel the M5 to 250 km/h (150 mph) for the first time. An update in 1992 (known as the E34/5S) took displacement to 3.8 liters and output to 340 hp. And from 1992 the über-5 Series was also available in a Touring estate version, whose rarity (just under 900 units were produced) has made it a highly prized young classic.
1998: The E39S BMW M5.
The sports-focused branch of BMW AG – rechristened BMW M GmbH in 1993 – remained true to its heritage with the third generation of the M5 In the best of the company: Previous generations of the BMW M5. The M5 has been the quintessential sports sedan for over 30 years. unveiled in 1998. The E39S M5 shared all the stylistic understatement of its predecessors. However, under the bonnet of the new car was a five-liter four-valve V8, which sent a full 400 hp and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of peak torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The top speed of this new M5 was once again electronically limited to 250 km/h (150 mph), while 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) took 5.3 seconds.
2005: The E60/E61 BMW M5.
For the fourth BMW M5 (the E60), M GmbH put its faith in a newly developed, high-revving V10 engine with five-liter displacement, which generated its maximum output of 507 hp at an eyebrow-raising 7,750 rpm. The four-valve power unit whisked the fourth-generation M5 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.7 seconds. For the first time, M5 drivers could have the car’s speed limiter raised by specifying the M Driver’s Package – and that turned the M5 into a 305 km/h (189 mph) car. Another new addition was the automated sequential M gearbox (SMG) with seven gears and Launch Control for maximum acceleration off the line. This BMW M5 was also available in Touring (E61) guise – from 2007.
2011: The F10M BMW M5.
The fifth-generation BMW M5 (the F10M) took to the stage in 2011. Replacing the V10 engine was a 4.4-liter bi-turbo V8 that fired the M5 into new dimensions. The new M5 now developed almost double the power (560 hp) of the original M5. Its 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of peak torque also represented virtually twice what the E28S could offer (340 Nm / 251 lb-ft). M TwinPower Turbo technology enabled the latest M5 with a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 4.3 seconds and on to a maximum 315 km/h (196 mph). This was followed in 2013 by the M5 with Competition Package, which packed a 575 hp punch. And in 2014 came the “30 Jahre M5” (30 years of the M5) special-edition model producing 600 hp, which paid tribute to the original E28S M5 and was limited to 300 units. In 2016 sales began of the likewise 600 hp “M5 Competition Edition” special edition, which was capped at 200 units.
2017: The F90 BMW M5.
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.
First come, first served is the motto as BMW M GmbH launches the new BMW M5 with the option of a “First Edition” special-edition model limited to a worldwide run of 400 examples and available from the start of sales in autumn 2017. Deliveries of the BMW M5 First Edition will begin in spring 2018 and production will continue until June 2018 at the latest. The new BMW M5 First Edition has exclusive Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork and also includes BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features. This means that the kidney grille, the M gills and the four tailpipes of the sports exhaust all come in high-gloss black. The M5 First Edition is fitted as standard with 20-inch seven-double-spoke light-alloy wheels in black. The BMW M5 First Edition also has a very individual flavor inside. The Piano Finish Black applications are complemented by a plaque on the center console indicating the car’s production number (“M5 First Edition 1/400”) and pointing to the exclusivity of this BMW M5. The M5 First Edition comes as standard with high-quality M multifunction seats. It is also available with full leather upholstery in Smoke White with red contrast stitching.