2017 BMW M5 of­fi­cially launched

Grocott's Mail - - MOTORING - By SAM SPILLER

Thanks to the in­ter­net, we have had a few leaked im­ages and data of what the next it­er­a­tion of one of the great­est per­for­mance sedans would look and feel like. Well, BMW has of­fi­cially re­vealed the sixth-gen­er­a­tion M5, and there are some ma­jor head­lines.

The big­gest of which prob­a­bly be­ing that, for the first time, the F90 M5 is avail­able with BMW’s M-spe­cific xDrive sys­tem, the all-wheel-drive drivre­train usu­ally found in the Ger­man au­tomak­ers’ 4x4s. M5 drivers of the purist po­si­tion do have the op­tion to switch to rear-wheel-drive, with a cherry on top of this sys­tem be­ing a sup­posed drift mode.

The power sent to the M5’s four wheels will be de­rived from a 4.4-litre tur­bocharged V8 petrol en­gine, which de­vel­ops a grand to­tal of 441 kW and 750 Nm of torque. With this power be­ing sent to all four cor­ners via an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, the new M5 takes the ti­tle of be­ing the fastest pro­duc­tion car that BMW has ever made, claim­ing a 0-100 time of 3.4 sec­onds, and while the car will be elec­tron­i­cally lim­ited to a top speed of 250km/h, the op­tional M Driver’s pack­age will see that set aside to achieve the true top speed of 305km/h.

On top of the three dif­fer­ent M xDrive modes, drivers can choose from three set­tings on the Dy­namic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol, and three modes (Com­fort, Sport and Sport Plus) to de­ter­mine damper con­trol and the Ser­votronic steer­ing. The en­gine char­ac­ter­is­tics can also be al­tered ac­cord­ing to pref­er­ence.

De­sign wise, the M5 has un­der­gone a few changes to the ex­te­rior of the 5-Se­ries, boast- ing re­designed side pan­els and a front bumper. On the back, the rear bumper is re­aligned to fit four tailpipes, and to save weight, the M5 boasts a bon­net made from alu­minium, and a roof made with plas­tic re­in­forced with car­bon fi­bre. Ad­di­tional weight can be saved with the op­tional ex­tra of car­bon ce­ramic brake calipers, donned in a shade of gold and shed­ding 23kg off the gross weight of the car.

The new BMW M5 will be avail­able in South Africa in the first quar­ter of 2018, with pric­ing to be listed by the end of this year. BMW will also pro­duce 400 units of a lim­it­ededi­tion M5 sim­ply en­ti­tled the First, which will fea­ture a Frozen Dark Red Me­tal­lic Paint­work. We can ex­pect the First Edi­tion to also reach South Africa, though in very lim­ited numbers.

Photo: BMW Press Club

The BMW M5 First Ed­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.