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.

 

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 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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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 all-new, 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.

 

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 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.

 

For a chance to see the all-new BMW M5 in the metal, book for the BMW M Festival at Kyalami Grand Prix from 21-22 October 2017.

 

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Prepare yourself: the sound of the all-new BMW M5’s engine will give you goosebumps.