The M that’s built for speed

HWM (Malaysia) - - SHOWCASE - By Kenny Yeo

BMW has just of­fi­cially an­nounced its hotly-an­tic­i­pated new BMW M5, and it sounds bonkers on pa­per. For a start, this will be the fastest M car BMW has ever built. Much of it has to do with its ridicu­lously pow­er­ful twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, which churns out a mon­u­men­tal 600hp and 750nm of torque. This is enough to cat­a­pult the car from a stand­still to 100km/h in just 3.2 sec­onds – a time that will get bona fide su­per­cars like the Fer­rari 488GTB and Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can look­ing over their shoul­ders. Top speed is elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited to 250km/h, but if own­ers equip the car with the op­tional M Driver’s Pack­age, the M5 will con­tinue hurtling to­ward the hori­zon un­til it hits 305km/h.

How­ever, what’s in­ter­est­ing about this new M5 is that it will only be avail­able as an au­to­matic. Specif­i­cally, it has BMW’s ex­cel­lent 8-speed M Step­tronic trans­mis­sion. Ad­di­tion­ally, the M5 will also get a so­phis­ti­cated all-wheel drive sys­tem called M xDrive, mak­ing it the first M car to ever get all-wheel drive. How­ever, trac­tion con­trol can be turned off and the car can also be switched to rear-wheel drive mode, al­low­ing own­ers to in­dulge them­selves in some mas­sive power slides and skids. Sounds like the best of both worlds then?

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