Driv­e­time ex­tra It’s pure mus­cle from BMW sta­ble

Perthshire Advertiser - - HOUSE HOME -

30.05.2020

The sixth-gen­er­a­tion BMW M5 will make its ap­pear­ance in the UK next Fe­bru­ary and I can’t wait to get be­hind the wheel.

It prom­ises to out­shine all pre­vi­ous mod­els and comes with an en­hanced 600bhp V8 en­gine, a new M-spe­cific all-wheel drive sys­tem known as M xDrive and per­for­mance sta­tis­tics that are sen­sa­tional.

Power comes from the lat­est 4.4-litre en­gine with BMW M TwinPower turbo tech­nol­ogy which de­liv­ers a max­i­mum torque of 750Nm, ac­cel­er­at­ing the new M5 from zero to 62mph in just 3.4 sec­onds, mak­ing it the fastest M5 yet.Top speed is re­stricted to 155mph.

De­spite the per­for­mance fig­ures BMW is claim­ing an the new look BMW M5 of­fi­cial fuel re­turn of 26.9mpg with emis­sions of 249g/km.

Power is trans­ferred to the road via a new eight-speed M Step­tronic trans­mis­sion with Driv­el­ogic.

BMW say the key to this level of per­for­mance is the in­tro­duc­tion of M xDrive and its adapt­abil­ity thanks to a cen­tral con­trol mo­d­ule and the va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent dy­namic modes that can be se­lected.

When first started, the car is in four-wheel-drive mode with the dy­namic sta­bil­ity con­trol switched on. But it comes with var­i­ous driv­ing dy­nam­ics modes, up to a track-friendly pure rear­wheel drive.

The de­sign of the new BMW M5 is spe­cific to M mod­els which come with a com­pletely re­designed front bumper and the bon­net is made of alu­minium, while the roof con­sists of a very light car­bon fi­bre re­in­forced plas­tic.

On the in­side the new M5 of­fers space for up to four pas­sen­gers, a large boot and high lev­els of com­fort the same as those of the 5-Se­ries sa­loon.

The driver faces a large dig­i­tal dis­play sim­i­lar to the BMW 5-Se­ries but it has been re­con­fig­ured specif­i­cally for the M5.

It in­forms the driver about dy­namic modes, the all-wheel drive M xDrive and the Driv­el­ogic set­ting. The speed warn­ing alarm is ad­justable and shift lights in­form the driver when it is the op­ti­mal time to change gear in man­ual shift mode. The data can also be re­flected in a head-up the spa­cious in­te­rior dis­play.

Prices will be an­nounced closer to the launch date.

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