BMW M5 Launch Review – New Zealand
First introduced to the automotive world in 1984, the BMW M5 was an overnight sensation. It brought together a myriad of driving emotions by combining the luxurious freedom of a large European 4-door sedan with the racing spirit of a track-ready sportscar. This year sees the new, sixth-generation BMW M5 taken into all new territory, as for the first time, M xDrive all-wheel drive now features at the core of this high-performance sedan. This change of tack sees the M5 exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality in all driving conditions.
This M-specific all-wheel-drive system brings together the outstanding agility and precision of the standard drivetrain configuration familiar from other M models with the supreme traction in all conditions offered by all-wheel drive. The various M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD) take the driving dynamics of the new BMW M5 to a whole new level. 2WD mode even switches the car to rear-wheel drive, allowing the driver to pick their own drift angle and treating connoisseurs to driving dynamics in their purest form.
Under this performance sedan’s aluminium, M-specific designed bonnet, lies the latest generation of the 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. It develops 441 kW and peak torque of 750 Nm, and channels this power through the new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. It accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in a lightning-fast 3.4 seconds and has a top speed that is electronically limited to 250 km/h. By the way, it also boasts a combined fuel consumption of 10.5 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 241 g/km (but obviously not while on the track).
As with all performance cars, along with upping the power and control, the vehicle’s weight has been lessened too. Even with the addition of the xDrive system, by incorporating things like a lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof and a weight-minimised exhaust system, the new M5 weighs less than its predecessor!
Like all M models, the new BMW M5 was honed on the world’s most challenging race circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and although the suspension features M-specific kinematic and elastokinematic elements as part of its commitment to dynamic excellence, we have been assured that it will still be very comfortable when riding along the unforgiving Kiwi roads.
The new BMW M5 represents a unique blend of compelling track potential and the everyday usability and comfort of a luxurious business sedan – in short, it’s a prestigious ride with added x-factor appeal.
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