BMW M5 offers increased M xDrive performance
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.