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?
Next BMW M3 Has RWD And 4WD Versions, Which Will You Choose?
The M3 will take a page from the latest M5, but without losing grip of its roots.
When the sixth-generation BMW M3 and M4 hit the market, they will reportedly be offered with both rear-wheel and all-wheel driver versions.
The rear-wheel drive M3 / M4 — ‘M3 and M4 Pure’, as they are known internally — are intended for purists, while those looking for outright performance will certainly go for the all-wheel drive variants.
According to , the all-wheel drive M3 / M4 can only be had with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and will have a bit more power to work with since the manual transmission in the purist M3 / M4 can’t handle the same amount of torque. It will also be a bit different aesthetically, featuring a different front fascia and set of wheels.
BMW hasn’t announced when the next M3 and M4 will debut, but it will add three additional go-faster models to the lineup overtime, including a competition package.
So, which one will it be for you — the rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive M3 / M4? Let us know in the comments below, including your reason(s) why.
BMW Creates Meteoric M850i Night Sky For Outer Space Geeks
The unique 8 Series features meteorite inlay and 3D-printed brake calipers.
BMW has revealed the M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky, a one-off take on the new M850i created by the company’s Individual Manufaktur team for astronomy fans.
The car features an outer space theme. Inside, hunks of meteoric rock adorn the center console, start/stop button, shift lever, iDrive controller and other surfaces, while Widmanstätten surface pattern of meteorites can be found on the center console’s trim finishers, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and the front splitters.
For the non-space geeks among us, Widmanstätten patterns are the result of iron-nickel crystals forming on meteors over the course of around 10 million years and cannot be reproduced on Earth.
Special LED project constellations of stars on the center console and other interior surfaces.
Not content with the space theme, BMW created new lightweight brake calipers using generative design processes (3D printing). The pieces manage to be 30 percent lighter than the 8 Series’ usual calipers without negatively affecting necessary strength characteristics.
The one-off Night Sky edition is finished in San Marino Blue metallic paint over a black base coat. Its debut coincided with a meteor shower that took place overnight from January 3 – 4, resulting from the Earth briefly passing through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH, with fragments from the asteroid entering our planet’s atmosphere and burning up.
Some of these meteoric fragments were incorporated into the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky’s interior.
BMW, Porsche’s Ultrafast EV Charger Adds 62 Miles In 3 Minutes
It only takes 15 minutes for an electric vehicle’s batteries to be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent capacity.
Their so-called FastCharge research program has resulted in a 450 kW prototype charging station that can add 62 miles (100 km) of range in just three minutes or nearly fully charge a mostly depleted battery from 10 to 80 percent in just 15 minutes.
While the ability to charge an electric car in just a few minutes will be a boon for EV owners, today’s electric vehicles aren’t able to charge at 450 kilowatts. Tesla’s vehicles, for instance, utilize a 400-volt battery configuration, but Porsche and Audi’s FastCharge tech can handle higher voltage levels of up to 920 volts, which experts believe will become the norm.
Their charging station is able to handle so much current and voltage thanks to actively cooled cables that use a circulating water-glycol solution to manage temperature. The electric vehicle must also be compatible and use intelligent charging strategy that not only precools the battery before charging begins, but also monitors cell temperature during the charging process.
Suffice it to say, the long, tedious hours that it used to take to charge an electric car are almost a thing of the past.
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