The BMW M5 has always embodied the perfect blend of mature business sedan and high-performance driving tool, and, like the world’s fastest moving suit worn by Superman, the M5 is able to transfer between roles effortlessly
Making its debut in the sixth generation of the high-performance sedan is the new M-specific all-wheel-drive system M xDrive. This drive system enables the M5 to reach new heights of dynamic performance, allowing it to expertly combine everyday practicality and supreme poise across all driving conditions. The wonderfully nimble rear-biased set-up is achieved as the M xDrive system only brings the front wheels into play when the rear wheels are battling for traction.
The driver is able to vary the handling characteristics of the M5 by activating various dynamic modes at the touch of a button, including rear-wheel drive with no DSC.
Hard at work under the bonnet is the latest and most advanced version of the 4,4-litre V8 featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology. An output of 441kW at 5 600 revs/min and 750Nm between 1 800 and 5 600 revs/min ensures supreme propulsive power and formidable performance, propelling the M5 from standstill to 100km/h in 3,4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h but can be extended to 305km/h with the addition of the M drivers package. The task of relaying the drive power is taken care of by a new 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic.
Stopping power is thanks to the standard M compound brakes while M carbon-ceramic brakes are available as an option.
The newly designed front bumper trim, with its larger air intakes, aids in chanelling fresh air to the cooling systems and brakes. The use of lightweight materials, aluminium for the side panels and bonnet and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic for the roof means that the latest M5 is lighter than its predecessor, despite the addition of a host of new features and the all-wheel drive system.
The rear diffuser, side skirts, M rear apron and M rear spoiler play their part in giving the M5 its powerfully sporty appearance.
The interior focuses squarely on the driver, but at the same time the M5 offers generous space for four passengers, a large boot and excellent ride comfort.
The new BMW M5 retails for R1 762 805 while the M5 first edition, of which only 5 will be available in South Africa, featuring special frozen red paintwork, 20-inch wheels, exclusive seats and a dash plaque confirming its exclusivity, will sell for R2 024 006