The sixth-generation BMW M5 has sped into action, officially becoming the first M car to be equipped with all-wheel drive. It’s quite impressive.
Powered by BMW’s latest generation TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine, the new M5 has 600 horsepower above 5,700 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 rpm through 5,700 rpm to work with, delivered via a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.
Working with the M-specific xDrive all-wheel drive system, which maximizes driving dynamics by only engaging the front wheels when the rear wheels are unable to put all commanded torque to the ground, the powertrain allows the performance-tuned sports sedan to launch to 60 mph from a standstill in a supercar-like 3.2 seconds, reach 124 mph in just 11.1 seconds, and hit a top speed of up to189 mph. It’s the fastest M5 to date!
When the DSC is activated, the M xDrive system allows a certain amount of wheel slip when accelerating out of corners, while an Active M Differential helps avoid the need for engaging the front wheels or activating the DSC system by locking the rear differential in some situations to help maximize power delivery across the rear wheels.
Purists need not worry — the AWD and DSC systems can be completely disabled if proper rear-wheel-drive mode is what you want.
Despite the extra mass brought on by the xDrive system, BMW claims to have reduced the M5’s overall weight by employing a carbon fiber roof, a lightweight exhaust system, and other weight-saving measures.
Stopping power is provided by M compound brakes or optional M carbon ceramic brakes that provide 50-lbs of unsprung weight reduction.
On the styling front, the 2018 BMW M5 sets itself apart from the more pedestrian 5 Series models with a more aggressive front bumper with large air intakes, an aluminum hood, more aerodynamic mirrors, the aforementioned carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. 19-inch wheels are standard, while 20-inch wheels are optional.
North American sales of the 2018 BMW M5 begin in spring 2018. Are you impressed with what BMW has created?
Don’t Expect A Full-Blown BMW Z4 M Performance Version
The new BMW Z4 isn’t expected to have a full-blown, performance-focused M version.
The German roadster’s lineup will include a turbocharge V6-powered M40i version, but BMW has no plans to release anything above it.
Speaking to , BMW M division boss Frank van Meel revealed that a new Z4 M would likely not sell enough to justify creating one, stating:
“Let me put it this way: I think the M40i is the perfect positioning regarding performance of that car. It’s quite close to the M2, so we’re really happy with the overall concept of that car being an M40i. If you would go any higher, it would be very, very narrow in customer groups.”
van Meel believes the M40i is perfect for the range-topping Z4, promising that it will be close in performance to the much-lauded M2.
So there you have it — a new Z4 M appears to have been ruled out, at least for now.
All BMW M Cars Will Be Electrified, Including M3 / M5
BMW has confirmed that all its M models will eventually get electrified powertrains, including the iconic M3 and M5.
Speaking to , BMW M boss Frank van Meel revealed that the company’s M performance division is not exempt from the auto industry’s shift towards electrification and confirmed that all M vehicles will be electrified in one way or another by the end of the next decade.” How does a hybridized M2, M3 and M5 sound?
The infusion will “happen step by step,” so BMW appears to be in no hurry to give the M division’s entire lineup a jolt:
“The very important question is timing—what’s the right time for that? If you’re too late then you’re too late, but if you’re too early then you don’t have the straight-to-the-point technology. Look at today’s electrification components: They are quite heavy, and, for us as a motorsports company, overall vehicle weight and power-to-weight ratio is key.”
Worried that adding an electric motor will ruin future M models? Don’t. BMW will work hard to make sure that all models still perform like an M model. van Meel added:
“Without going too deep into details, if we do an M car in an electrified way, it should still drive like an M. If you look at M3, we have had four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and a naturally aspirated, high-revving V-8. Now we have a turbocharged six, and there is always the question, Is this the right concept or the right technology [for the future], or is there another one?”
He doesn’t care about the means of propulsion so long as the future M3 and M5 drive as they should. “The basic target is not so much the components of the technology itself. It’s more the philosophy.”
Once again, how does an electrified M2, M3 and M5 sound?
BMW 8 Series Coupe Takes Mantle Of BMW’s Flagship Two-Door
After months of spy shots and teasers, the BMW Series Coupe has finally be unveiled and is all set to go on sale in November 2018.
The new 8 Series Coupe’s design doesn’t stray too far from the striking Concept that previewed it, featuring a long, low-slung profile that’s reminiscent of the the 6 Series Coupe’s and a wedged front fascia defined by prominent grille and the slimmest headlights yet on a BMW. LED headlights are standard, while adaptive LED Headlights and BMW Laserlight lights are optional.
Jumping inside, one finds customizable 10.25-inch digital display in front of the driver and a 12.3-inch infotainment system situated directly in the middle of the dashboard. Wireless charging, the BMW Display Key and a Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System are part of the long list of optional features.
The 8 Series will initially be offered with a choice of two engines. The M850i XDerive is equipped with a bi-turbo 4.4L V8 that produces 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque and, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, allows the large German coupe to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 3.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The 840d xDrive sources its power from a Europe-exclusive 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine rated at 320 horsepower and 501 lb-ft. of torque. With the eight speed automatic, it completes the sprint in 4.9 seconds and has the same top speed of 155 mph.
A rear-bias xDrive all-wheel-drive system helps get all that power to the ground, while an electronic rear differential lock comes standard on the M Performance package.
Ride and handling have been optimized with BMW’s Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, active roll stabilization, electromechanical steering of the front wheels, rear-wheel steering and variable steering ratios.
So, what do you think — does the BMW 8 Series have the aesthetic chops to be BMW’s flagship coupe? How does it compare to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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