BMW is set to release its 6th generation M5 sedan and it is more powerful than ever. First brought to market in 1984, the 2018 BMW M5 has come quite a long way. This year’s model features a 600hp twin-turbo 4.4L V-8 engine with 553-lb-ft of torque. That is 40 hp and 53 lb-ft torque more than the previous iteration.
The new M5 forgoes the existing F10 M5’s seven-speed DCT for a new 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission. Also, it will feature BMW’s M xDrive System that boasts a 0-60mph runup of only 3.2 seconds. You can choose between a fully automatic shifter in D mode or you can choose for sequential gearshifts by way of a new, short gear selector located on the center console; or you can also opt to have the M shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Essentially, then, the new F90 M5 will act as BMW’s debut for its new M-specific all-wheel-drive system, M xDrive. In summary, it allows for the M5 driver to switch between AWD and RWD modes, while also maintaining Active M Differential distributes which drive flow between the two rear wheels; that varies the locking effect depending on the braking situation.
According to BMW chairman Frank van Meel, “Thanks to M xDrive, the all-new BMW M5 can be piloted with the familiar blend of sportiness and unerring accuracy both on the racetrack 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 on wet roads or snow.”
As such, you can set the engine to Efficient, Sport, or Sport Plus modes. You can also adjust the sound from the exhaust system with more control, allowing for “further acoustic customization” with just the simple push of a button. BMW says that switching to the M Dynamic mode will give the sedan a boost in agility.
In BMW’s release, the car maker describes, “In this mode, more drive torque is directed to the rear axle, while the amount of permissible rear wheel slip is increased. While doing so, the onset of oversteer is noticeable in good time and the linear increase of the sideslip angle means that the vehicle remains stable.”
Of course, this is supported, up front, by double wishbone suspension, reworked for more stability, and a five-link rear suspension with modifications for improved handling.