The new BMW M5 is supposed to be officially revealed later today, but BMW has had the wind taken out of their reveal with a video published by a Chinese website showing the new M5 in all its glory (below).
Based on the latest 5 Series and billed as the quickest, most technologically advanced M-car ever, the all-new 2018 BMW M5 also is the first to feature the performance-focused M xDrive system that lets the auto operate in either a rear- or all-wheel drive configuration. Indeed, the front wheels are only given power when those at the rear aren't able to put any more torque down effectively. Virtually every 5 Series suspension component was modified to M-spec levels-including the Variable Damping Control and multi-mode Servotronic electro-mechanical steering gear - to ensure superior dynamics and stability under all conditions.
It's already common knowledge that the new M5 will offer carbon-ceramic brakes, all-wheel drive and the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 fettled for 455kW/750Nm, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, rather than the dual-clutch gearbox of the current vehicle. Millions of gamers now experience the thrilling new BMW M5, an absolute dream vehicle, even before it actually hits the road. For example, newly developed turbochargers, ultra-efficient indirect charge air cooling and increased fuel injection pressure together help to raise output and, above all, torque.
You could say: "Wow, the new BMW M5 has become impossibly complicated for a sport sedan, now". Thanks to this neat little trick, the sledgehammer sedan from Munich can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds, exactly like its biggest rival, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
BMW's designers need to maintain a tough balancing act with the M5 because the model's looks must communicate its performance but aiming at wealthy executives and other businesspeople means that the additional styling elements can't be too cartoonish. A special 2WD mode sends power exclusively to the rear wheels, for all the smoky drifts you can handle. According to BMW, the all-wheel-drive system, which BMW calls xDrive, can be specified in rear-drive configuration with traction control systems reduced-or completely disabled.
The M1 and M2 buttons, which allow drivers to save their favourite combination of settings for the all-wheel drive system, DSC, engine, transmission, steering, suspension and head-up display have been moved to the top of the spoke and painted bright red for easy identification. Also new is the rear diffuser. The driver can use a button to adjust the engine sound as desired. Standard specification for the new BMW M5 also features Merino leather and M seats with electric adjustment.
Early buyers can opt for the BMW M5 First Edition, of which only 50 will be produced. Available as an option are larger 20-inch wheels with the same width.
Each M5 First Edition will have exclusive "Frozen Dark Red Metallic" paint, as well as high-gloss "Shadow Line" trim for the kidney grille, M gills and quad exhaust tips.