2018 BMW M5 provide a new level of performance


2018 BMW M5 is a special high-performance edition of the 5-series sedan.

What can we say about the legendary BMW M5 that hasn’t already been said?

Apart from that it is truly one of our favorite vehicles. Ever.

Of course, there are other machines available that can take the fight to BMW, but for us, the M5 is the original bruiser dressed in a suit.

You can trace the M5 all the way back to the first hand-built versions that appeared in 1986; three decades later and the M5 is as popular as ever. While BMW are open to changing the ethos of the M5, they have categorically stated that there will be no hybrid version; the weight would affect the handling (not the performance) too much, and for the engineers at BMW, that is a step too far.

2018 BMW M5 Release date

Still waiting for official confirmation, but rumors put the release date as ‘sometime in 2017’. We expect to see it toward the end of 2017.

2018 BMW M5 release date: late 2017

2018 BMW M5 Price

As with the release date, nothing has been officially said, but you’d have to bet that the new M5 will weigh in somewhere between $95,000 – $100,000.

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2018 BMW M5 Specs

Let’s start with the techie bit; thanks to the use of the new carbon fiber infused modular CLAR platform, weight should be reduced by around 220lbs, added to that, we expect to see the existing twin turbo V8 tweaked to produce more power; it already pushes out in excess of 600 BHP and 516 lb/ft of torque, so the combination of even more power and less weight should be unbeatable.

On top of that, BMW will also offer the xDrive system with the new model. Whilst the BMW purists may not be ever so keen on the all-wheel drive system, BMW assure us that the system will only be an option, and further still, it will always send power to the rear wheels until it detects slippage, only then will it start transferring power, and that must be adjustable. Power will be sent to the wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission, unfortunately, BMW have confirmed that there will be no manual option.

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2018 BMW M5 Redesign and Changes

As regards the style, BMW have clearly drawn on the new 7-Series for inspiration, the front bumper is wide and low and the rear now incorporates a diffuser to help with road-holding. We’ll also see a proper full carbon fiber roof along with many other updates.

Of course, there is no doubt that the new M5 will also have a raft of technology fitted, but for us, the M5 was never about tech, always about the driving experience.

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Editor's rating
4.6 overall
  • Safety4.8
  • Performance5
  • Design4.8
  • Features4.7
  • Fuel economy3.8

The next generation M5 will be again a flagship of sports sedans, easily beating AMG and upcoming Giulia QV.

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