After numerous leaks, the 2018 BMW M5 has officially debuted.
The M5's all-wheel drive system is called M xDrive, and it allows for fully variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles. Sure, the 2018 M5 isn't short on power: its twin-turbo V8 is good for a heady 600 horsepower, along with 553 lb-ft. of torque, after all.
First out the gate will be the 2018 BMW M5 First Edition, with just 50 of the 400 total cars headed to the US. Seperate comfort and sport modes control the car's suspension settings. That means owners can switch to a pure rear-wheel-drive mode. In normal circumstances, the M5 operates in all-wheel drive, which helps the M5 rocket toward 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds (compared to 3.6 seconds for the outgoing model).
At the core of the new M5 is a revamped version of BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8. The driver has five different configurations to choose from based on combinations of the DSC modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD).
You could say: "Wow, the new BMW M5 has become impossibly complicated for a sport sedan, now". Need for Speed Payback players will be among the first to experience the new M xDrive all-wheel drive as they tear through the city streets and diverse landscape of Fortune Valley this Fall.
Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, but can be raised to 305km/h when the M Driver's Package is optioned. The latest generation of BMW's venerable performance sedan packs a more powerful engine and a new way of delivering the output to the road. You've probably also noticed the two red buttons on the steering wheel too: Those allow you to preset two driving modes.
Since it's a 5 Series underneath, the 2018 BMW M5 remains quite the technological marvel.
Additionally, we also get to see the cop chases in a brand new and rather explosive trailer. Six-piston front brakes with 15.5-inch rotors up front (and 15-inch rotors paired to floating calipers out back) haul the M5 to a stop, and carbon ceramic brakes are available. Other weight-saving measures include a weight-optimized active exhaust, an aluminum hood, and a roof that uses carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). We have a new, aggressive front bumper, a new rear bumper/diffuser combo, quad tailpipes and ever-so-slightly widened wheel arches. Scheduled for launch on the same sales start date as the standard M5 is the BMW M5 First Edition. It will be exclusively appointed and features BMW Individual Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork (seen in the gallery above) and will cost an additional €19,500 ($23,046 USD) over the standard model. Rounding out the exterior changes is a set of 20-inch black light-alloy wheels. Inside there are new M Multifunctional seats, a red starter button and a heads up display amongst numerous items of standard and optional equipment.