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.
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.
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.