The new BMW M5 - High Performance Sedan Setting a Class Apart
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BMW is back at it with its new version of the BMW M5 for the fans, the dashing updates are enough to steal an enthusiasts breath. The upgrades include a lot to glee upon, first up the new M xDrive, an all-wheel drive that has the crazy high-performance unlike any other in a sedan so far. This change sees the M5 exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality in all driving conditions.
BMW’s M xDrive is an amazingly engaging all-wheel-drive system that is unique for this segment of car. Working with a central transfer case and has a multi-plate clutch that distributes drive fully variably between the front and rear axle, according to requirements. Also, the Active M Differential at the rear axle provides the car a supreme traction in all road and weather conditions. It also works fully variably and also has a locking effect that works between 0 and 100 per cent.
The character of M xDrive is very flexible and can be adjusted as desired. Based on combinations of the DSC modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD), the car provides five different configurations to choose from. The system permits slight slip through the rear wheels when accelerating out of corners in the basic setting with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) activated and 4WD, and therefore plays its part in giving the new BMW M5 it’s sporting agility. In M Dynamic mode (MDM, 4WD Sport) M xDrive allows easily controlled drifts. Conceived to state the appetites of keen drivers and primarily for use on the track, the three M xDrive modes with DSC switched off are available. The options are available from and up to three configurations up to and including pure rear-wheel drive (2WD). The driver can pick their own drift angle and treats experts to driving dynamics in their best form.
The BMW M5 has a 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The M engineers have carried out significant revisions to the outgoing model’s power unit. The new changes are helping in raising output and torque as the latest developed turbochargers give way for ultra-efficient indirect charge air cooling and increased fuel injection pressure. Talking about the speed here the engine develops 441 kW/600 hp at 5,600 – 6,700 rpm, and maintains 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque that is placed at the driver’s disposal starting from 1,800 rpm and remaining till 5,600 rpm. Whenever the BMW M5 has the requirement for oil supply a map-controlled, fully variable oil pump provides for it, even on the track. The car has figures to speak for itself, the car goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 11.1 seconds (124 mph). An electronically limited speed is set at 250 km/h (155 mph), however, the people who love speed can go for the optional M Driver’s Package that could give them a pleasure of 305 km/h (189 mph).
The drive train is the base king and makes up for a better performance and the new BMW M5 has it at impressive as it channels all that power through a precisely tuned eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. The D mode gives all the comfort and convenience of fully automatic gear changes but has the capability to switch to sequential manual shifts. The driver is able to do this using either the compact selector lever on the centre console or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Drivelogic allows the driver to adjust the transmission characteristics to their personal preferences. The track used gets magnificent with the eight-speed M Steptronic unit serves up super quick shift times, helping to give the new BMW M5 its exceptional agility and dynamic flair. The BMW M5 is a complete package of thrill and provides the apt adrenaline boost after a tough day at work, it energises you for the rest of your evening.
The sporty automobile needs a suspension to suit its needs and the suspension of the new BMW M5 is made for on and off track performance as it delivers maximum traction for everyday use and supreme dynamic performance on the track. Tuned by experts and racing drivers at venues including the world’s most exacting test facility, for example, the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. Sophisticated stiffening elements in the front and rear structures ensure the body structure is extremely rigid and therefore that the car provides instantaneous feedback, in particular when the driver is pushing hard on the road or track.
The options are Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes for the Variable Damper Control (VDC) system that has M-specific tuning along with the M Servotronic steering. And the engine’s characteristics can also be configured to the driver’s tastes via the Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus modes. The amazing functionality of the car is that the M leather steering wheel has the M1 and M2 buttons that can be used to store two set-ups combining the driver’s preference of engine, transmission, suspension and M xDrive modes, the DSC mode, and Head-Up-Display settings. The driver can then activate their preferred set-up by pressing the relevant button.
Aesthetically, the BMW M5 has gone through an uplift in its bodywork and looks significantly different from its sister BMW 5 Series to satisfy its challenging dynamic brief. The M engineers have redesigned the broader front side panels and front bumper trim to include larger apertures for the air feeding the cooling systems and brakes. Also new is the rear diffuser. The power generated by the BMW M5 is visually displayed by the exhaust system’s quartet and also lay on a suitably sporting soundtrack for the job in hand as a courtesy of their flap control system. The driver can use a button to adjust the engine sound as desired.
The bonnet, which also has an M-specific design, is made from aluminium and boasts eye-catching sculpture lines. Increasing the efficiency is the extremely lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, coming standard in the new M5. The weight savings contributed by the CFRP roof and other components such as the exhaust system help to ensure the new BMW M5 with M xDrive all-wheel drive is lighter than its predecessor.
Also, the brakes are the M compound brakes, coming as standard, that subsequently bring down car’s weight as they are lighter than the conventional grey cast iron items. With blue-painted six-piston fixed callipers at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear, plus perforated, inner-vented brake discs all round, the M compound brakes have the speed-shedding power to benefit the car’s dynamic potency. There is also an option of M carbon ceramic brakes easily identified by gold-painted callipers and they also take off another 23 kilograms off the M5’s weight, can withstand even tougher environments.
The new BMW M5 comes as standard with polished 19-inch light-alloy wheels (front: 9.5 x 19, rear: 10.5 x 19) in Orbit Grey and M-specific tyres (front: 275/40 R 19, rear: 285/40 R 19). 20-inch items can be specified as an option (front: 275/35 R 20 tyres on 9.5 x 20 rims, rear: 285/35 R 20 tyres on 10.5 x 20 rims). Standard specification for the new BMW M5 also features Merino leather and M seats with electric adjustment. As an option one can also choose the latest M multifunction seats that are amazing as they give a better lateral support and have the classic bucket-seat-style construction.
The new BMW M5 can be ordered from September 2017, priced at €117,900, and deliveries will begin in spring 2018. This special-edition version limited to a run of 400 examples worldwide has BMW Individual Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork, is exclusively appointed and costs an extra €19,500 over the standard model. The launch and sales start date both are same for the standard M5 is the BMW M5 First Edition.