All-new BMW M5 – Power Meets Poise.

The introduction of the all-new BMW M5’s innovative M xDrive drivetrain system means a simultaneous evolutionary leap in practicality and poise, making it the ultimate combination of high-performance driving dynamics and everyday comfort.

Published: August 2017
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Since the launch of the original BMW M5 in 1984, the aim has been to combine the best of both worlds: high-performance driving dynamics, and everyday practicality and the qualities of a business sedan.

 

This distinctive formula takes another evolutionary leap forward in the all-new, sixth-generation BMW M5, combining the most exciting and emotionally enthralling performance ever experienced in an M5 with unprecedented practicality and poise. 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.

 

“The BMW M5 has always embodied the perfect blend of mature business sedan and high-performance components,” says Domagoj Dukec, Vice President of Design BMW i and BMW M. “So you can think of the BMW M5 as the world’s fastest-moving tailored suit.”

 

The secret behind this Jekyll-and-Hyde dynamism and versatility is in the M xDrive system. This incredible all-wheel-drive technology adds a new dimension of depth and experience to this business sedan’s dynamic prowess, which means that more than ever before, even when you’re putting the all-new M5 through its paces, it remains easy to control.

 

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 supersports car: 0 to 100 km/h in a breathtaking 3.4 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in just 11.1 seconds.

 

“The new drivetrain technology – making its debut on the all-new BMW M5 – combines all the agility and precision of standard rear-wheel drive with the supreme poise and traction of the all-wheel-drive system,” explains Frank van Meel, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH. “As a result, the all-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.”

 

The M xDrive system delivers control without the loss of character. In fact, quite the opposite: the M xDrive system actually makes it possible to enjoy a richer experience of the new car’s extraordinary performance capabilities.

 

 
This incredible all-wheel-drive technology adds a new dimension of depth and experience to this business sedan’s dynamic prowess.
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The view most other drivers will be familiar with, the new BMW M5 First Edition features high-gloss black tailpipes on the sports exhaust, which is carried through on the kidney grille and the M gills. The M5 First Edition is fitted as standard with 20-inch seven-double-spoke light alloy wheels in black.

 
You can explore the car’s sporting character, pushing it to its performance limits when the situation allows, but also be sure of precision and control in everyday situations.

The sixth-generation M5 retains BMW’s traditional rear-biased set-up, only bringing the front wheels into play when additional traction is needed. In this way, the magicians in M’s engineering department have succeeded in fusing the classical qualities of standard rear-wheel drive with the benefits of the sports-focused BMW xDrive. M xDrive offers tangible benefits in situations like accelerating out of bends and, of course, the sedan completes sprints in the sort of times that leave other cars trailing in its wake. That means you can explore the car’s sporting character, pushing it to its performance limits when the situation allows, but also be sure of precision and control in everyday driving situations.

 

This versatility is achieved through a choice of five different combinations of DSC modes and M xDrive modes, which means you can create an individual set-up according to your preferences and the nature of your journey.

 

The BMW M5 defaults to 4WD mode with DSC on, which is plenty of fun with a certain amount of slip at the rear wheels to produce the agility for which M models are renowned.

 

But if you have a thirst for sporty action, you can tap into the car’s full performance potential by engaging a second configuration: M Dynamic Mode (MDM) with the M xDrive system’s 4WD Sport mode has been configured for ultra-sporty and dynamic handling. More drive goes to the rear wheels and the system allows greater wheel slip, allowing the enthusiastic driver to send the sedan into a controlled drift.

 

If you switch off DSC, however, there is a choice of three more modes: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. In 4WD mode, M xDrive has a neutral set-up that lends itself to optimum controllability and outstanding traction. Engaging 4WD Sport mode alters the M xDrive configuration for even more agility. And purists can opt for classic rear-wheel drive. With 2WD mode activated, one can enjoy the experience of driving a high-performance sedan with rear-wheel drive only, delivering a pure form of driving enjoyment that combines incredibly agile handling, terrific feel and exceptional controllability, thanks to the Active M Differential.

 

Of course, the all-new BMW M5’s M xDrive system isn’t its only secret. Lurking under the bonnet is the latest version of the 4.4-litre V8 engine, featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology. The further improved high-revving engine outperforms its predecessor in terms of power output and torque, allowing still greater feats of dynamic performance. Newly developed turbochargers and a higher maximum injection pressure allows shorter injection times and improved atomisation of the fuel for sharper engine response as well as more efficient mixture preparation.

 

Added to this, the super-slick, eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic relays the power of that turbo-charged V8 engine with impressively smooth shifts for a finely honed experience. You have the usual choice of three shift programmes, as well as the option of changing gear manually using shift paddles on the steering wheel, and even performing sporty multiple downshifts.

 

The combination of engine, M xDrive and eight-speed M Steptronic, more than any individual element, is what really sharpens the high-performance character of the all-new M5. Together, they take the dynamic driving experience to a far higher level than merely increasing power alone would allow.

 

The all-new BMW M5 has managed the logic-defying feat of resolving apparent opposites. By embodying more extreme differences – more speed, sportiness, agility and dynamism, and more comfort, control, practicality and precision – this fantastic machine really does deliver the best of both worlds.

 

BMW M GmbH is producing a special First Edition of the new BMW M5, limited to a worldwide run of 400. BMW M5 First Edition will also be available in South Africa in very limited numbers.

 

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. Inside, a plaque on the centre console indicates the car’s production number (“M5 First Edition 1/400”).

 

One of these First Editions is making its way to South Africa for the BMW M Festival at Kyalami Grand Prix from 21-22 October 2017. Book now for your chance to see this unique limited edition in the metal.

 

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