Per­son­al­ize your drive


Weekend Herald - - ME & MY CAR -

BMWis launch­ing the six­th­gen­er­a­tion of what it de­scribes as the world’s most suc­cess­ful high- per­for­mance sedan, the M5.

The com­pany says the new model will have more power, be quicker and is lighter than the cur­rent model.

It is not known when the 4.4- litre, V8- pow­ered lux­ury sports sedan will be avail­able in New Zealand or how much it will cost.

It will be equipped with the M xDrive drivetrain sys­tem which, the com­pany says, com­bines the hall­mark Magility and pre­ci­sion pro­vided by stan­dard rear- wheeldrive, with the ben­e­fits of all­wheel- drive.

“The core com­po­nent of M xDrive is a cen­tral in­tel­li­gence unit with M- spe­cific soft­ware de­liv­er­ing in­te­grated con­trol of lon­gi­tu­di­nal and lat­eral dy­nam­ics. The new drivetrain tech­nol­ogy – mak­ing its de­but on the new BMWM5 – com­bines all of the agility and pre­ci­sion of stan­dard rear- wheel drive with the supreme poise and trac­tion of the all- wheel- drive sys­tem,” said Frank van Meel, chair­man of the board of BMW

The MxDrive sys­tem en­ables a rear- bi­ased set- up by only bring­ing the front wheels into play when the rear wheels aren’t able to trans­mit more power to the road and ad­di­tional trac­tive force is re­quired.

The com­pany says the re­sult is, even when the M5 is un­leash­ing high lev­els of power, the car be­haves pre­dictably and can be con­trolled eas­ily by the driver.

Driv­ers can choose from five 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 the driver’s per­sonal pref­er­ences and the na­ture of the jour­ney.

Tra­di­tional rear- wheel drive purists can opt for clas­si­cal rear­wheel drive by de­ac­ti­vat­ing the all­wheel- drive sys­tem.

BMWsays the new model com­bines class- lead­ing han­dling dy­nam­ics along with un­re­stricted ev­ery­day us­abil­ity in a sports­fo­cused lux­ury four- door sedan.

The M5 has an eight- speed M Step­tronic trans­mis­sion with Driv­el­ogic, with short shift times and smooth start- off char­ac­ter­is­tics. BMWsays this helps make ma­noeu­vring eas­ier, while a wide ra­tio spread helps to keep fuel con­sump­tion low.

The driver has the choice of three shift pro­grammes, as well as the op­tion of chang­ing gear man­u­ally us­ing shift pad­dles on the steer­ing wheel and even The new 2017 BMW 5 Se­ries prom­ises to be more pow­er­ful, quicker and lighter than the cur­rent model. per­form­ing sporty mul­ti­ple down­shifts.

Un­der the bon­net is the lat­est ver­sion of the 4.4- litre V8 en­gine fea­tur­ing MTwinPower Turbo tech­nol­ogy.

The im­proved high- revving en­gine out­per­forms its pre­de­ces­sor in terms of power out­put and torque.

The im­prove­ments in­clude higher in­jec­tion pres­sure, new tur­bocharg­ers, more pow­er­ful lu­bri­ca­tion and cool­ing sys­tems, plus a mod­i­fied, lighter ex­haust sys­tem, which BMWsays gen­er­ates an even clearer ren­di­tion of the iconic M sound­track.

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