BMW M5 of­fers in­creased M xDrive per­for­mance

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

The sixth gen­er­a­tion of the BMW M5 will be launched later this year com­plete with the M xDrive sys­tem, an all-wheel-drive tech­nol­ogy en­ables the busi­ness sedan’s dy­namic prow­ess to be ex­pe­ri­enced in even greater depth.

The new BMW M5 also boasts far greater every­day prac­ti­cal­ity and supreme poise with fuel econ­omy of 10.5L/100 km com­bined).

It there­fore con­sti­tutes an­other evo­lu­tion­ary step in ev­ery re­spect for an ex­ceed­ingly suc­cess­ful ve­hi­cle con­cept that first emerged in 1984 with the launch of the orig­i­nal BMW M5.

The M xDrive sys­tem brings the front wheels into play when the rear wheels aren’t able to trans­mit any more power to the road and ad­di­tional trac­tive force is re­quired.

The driver can choose from five dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions based on com­bi­na­tions of the DSC modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD).

The con­fig­u­ra­tions al­low the drive sys­tem’s char­ac­ter­is­tics to be tai­lored to both the driver’s per­sonal pref­er­ences and the na­ture of the jour­ney.

Purists can opt for clas­si­cal rear-wheel drive by com­pletely de­ac­ti­vat­ing

the all-wheel-drive sys­tem.

The eight-speed M Step­tronic trans­mis­sion with Driv­el­ogic com­bines with the new M xDrive sys­tem and the fur­ther im­proved tur­bocharged V8 en­gine to form a per­fectly or­ches­trated whole.

In ad­di­tion, the trans­mis­sion of­fers im­pres­sively smooth start-off char­ac­ter­is­tics, makes ma­noeu­vring eas­ier and has a wide ra­tio spread that helps to keep fuel con­sump­tion low.

The new BMW M5 has the lat­est ver­sion of the 4.4-litre V8 en­gine fea­tur­ing M TwinPower Turbo tech­nol­ogy.

Ev­ery time the en­gine is started, the BMW M5 de­faults to 4WD mode with DSC on. Even in this ba­sic con­fig­u­ra­tion, which ini­tially al­lows a cer­tain amount of slip at the rear wheels to pro­duce the agility for which M mod­els are renowned, M xDrive of­fers tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits in sit­u­a­tions such as ac­cel­er­at­ing out of bends.

The sedan com­pletes the 0-100 km/h sprint in the sort of times that leave its pre­de­ces­sor trail­ing in its wake and will make fans of sporty driv­ing ev­ery­where in­stantly prick up their ears.

The new BMW M5 with M xDrive is the most po­tent high-per­for­mance sedan from this model range ever re­leased by BMW M.

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