Since receiving its redesign in 2017, the BMW 5 Series lineup has had a void to fill, as the M5 didn’t make the initial journey to the new design language. Now, with the 2018 model year bearing down on us, BMW has unveiled its all-new M5.
Of course, the first change of note is its appearance. The new M5 takes on all the looks of the latest-generation 5 Series, including its to-the-grille headlights, sharper body lines, new taillights, and more. Setting the M5 apart are sportier and lighter bits, including its aluminum front fenders and hood, carbon-fiber roof, and reworked front and rear aprons, side sills, an M rear spoiler, and more.
Inside, all four passengers are treated to a high level of luxury and performance. This is assured by its standard Extended Merino leather, M multi-function seats, pneumatic seat backrests, and more. The driver, however, gets the best experience, as all the buttons and gauges are angled toward them, including the new, red-painted M1 and M2 buttons near the gear shifter for customizing driving dynamics, and the M multi-function steering wheel.
The new look is great, but the big news surrounding the 2018 M5 is its all-new engine. Sure, its 4.4-liter displacement is the same, but its output jumps to 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque — increases of 40 horsepower and 53 pound-feet of torque. These big increases are partially because of the V-8’s new fuel-injection system and upgraded turbochargers.
The power heads through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, which replaces the old seven-speed dual-clutch unit, before heading to the brand’s new M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. This rear-biased all-wheel-drive system only ships power to the front wheels when it’s absolutely necessary, giving you that classic sports sedan feel without sacrificing traction.
This powertrain shoots the new M5 to 60 mph in a wild 3.2 seconds, which is a full second quicker than the last-generation M5. It also jets to 124 mph in just 11.1 seconds. Top speed rings in at 189 mph with the M Driver’s Package (155 mph is standard).
Helping keep this power in check are 19-inch wheels wrapped in 275/40R19 rubber up front and 285/40R19 rubber out back. Buyers can also opt for Orbit Grey-colored 20-inch wheels wrapped in 275/35R 20 and 285/35R20 tires.
Stopping duties are handled by M Compound brakes with 15.55-inch rotors up front pinched by six-piston calipers and 14.96-inch rotors squeezed by single-piston calipers on the rear. Buyers can opt for the M carbon-ceramic brakes and lose 50 pounds while braking faster.
BMW hopes to have the 2018 M5 in showrooms by the spring of 2018. Prices will come later.