BMW have taken their time bringing out the 2017 BMW M5, with the 550i remaining the top of the line through the early part of this year.
Now the beast has been unleashed. Sporting a 4.4-litre biturbo V8 M engine, the car delivers 600hp at 5,600 – 6,700 rpm and a staggering 750Nm of torque from 1,800 – 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated with a specially tuned eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. The car’s performance figures are:
- 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds
- 0 to 200 km/h in 11.1 seconds
- Top speed is an electronically limited 250 km/h
- Top speed with optional M Driver’s Package is 305 km/h
The new BMW M5 also features its own breed of all-wheel drive for the first time. The new M xDrive works with a central transfer case with multi-plate clutch and distributes drive fully variably between the front and rear axle, as required. The system also gets the Active M Differential at the rear axle, which also works fully variably and has a locking effect between 0 and 100 per cent.
The driver has five different configurations to choose from based on combinations of the DSC modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD). In the basic setting with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) activated and 4WD, the system permits slight slip through the rear wheels when accelerating out of corners. In M Dynamic mode (MDM, 4WD Sport) M xDrive allows easily controlled drifts.
But if it’s drifting that you are seriously interested in, the three M XDrive modes with DSC switched off are just up your alley. Here you can choose from three configurations, including only rear-wheel drive.
The suspension has been tuned on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. The system allows the selection of Comfort, Sport and Sport plus modes and engine tune can be selected between Efficient, Sport and Sport plus. Two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel can be programmed with two set-ups combining the driver’s preference of engine, transmission, suspension and M xDrive modes, the DSC mode and Head-Up-Display settings. These are labelled M1 and M2.
Along with dedicated body styling, the 2017 BMW M5 also features M compound brakes as standard, with optional M carbon ceramic brakes, painted in gold and shaving 23kgs off the car’s weight.
The new BMW M5 comes as standard with polished 19-inch light-alloy wheels (front: 9.5 x 19, rear: 10.5 x 19) in Orbit Grey and M-specific tyres (front: 275/40 R 19, rear: 285/40 R 19). 20-inch items can be specified as an option (front: 275/35 R 20 tyres on 9.5 x 20 rims, rear: 285/35 R 20 tyres on 10.5 x 20 rims).