Say hello to the all-new 2018 BMW M5. It’s the most advanced M Series model to date. Not only does it churn out 600-horses of pure goodness. It also offers all-wheel drive for the first time ever.
The 6th-generation M5 power gets its juice from BMW’s newest 4.4-liter Twin-Turbocharged V8. Along with those 600 hps it also gives you 553 lb-feet of torque, crunching 40-horses and 53 torque more than the current model with the same motor. The power feeds through a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The next-generation M5 also features BMW’s xDrive AWD for the first time in its storied history, but feel free to turn it off when you want to launch in old school rear-wheel drive and shoot to 60 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds.
Speed numbers impress. The M5 hits 124-mph in 11.1-seconds and reaches a top speed of 189 when equipped with the extra Driver’s Package. But unless you drive on the track, there is never a good reason to go that fast on the road, at least not safely, so the standard 155 mph top speed should be more than enough.
The improved chassis is stiffer and includes stronger anti-roll bars, revamping on the double-wishbone and multi-link rear suspension.
The BMW M5 sheds some weight, too. The powertrain’s aluminum hood and fenders along with a carbon fiber roof shave off 11 pounds. The optional carbon fiber brakes create an extra 50 pounds of unsprung weight. Standard 275-mm front and 285-mm tires wrap around 19-inch wheels.
A fancy first edition boasts 20-inch wheels, optional white leather upholstery with red stitching, and Frozen Dark Red Metallic paint. BMW is only shipping 50 first edition M5s to the States. BMW M5 sales start next spring.