Although you may have seen leaked images, BMW has officially unveiled an array of information of its new M5.
For the first time ever, this M5 comes with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission. But it is nothing to feel anxious about as great things are promised.
The M5’s all-wheel drive system is dubbed M xDrive allowing for fully adjustable torque distribution between the front and rear axles.
It largely sends its power to its rear wheels only redirecting some of it to the front when needed, apart from when it is in 2WD mode. That means that the M5 offers a setting that entirely disconnects the front axle and transforms it into a so-called drift mode.
Additionally, in 4WD Sport mode the M xDrive allows what BMW calls “easily controlled drifts”.
According to carmag, the automaker has confirmed that the F90-generation will draw 441 kW (between 5 600 and 6 700 r/min) and 750 N.m (from as low as 1 800 r/min all the way through to 5 600 r/min) from its 4,4‑litre turbocharged V8 heart.
This allows this car to have the crown of the fastest accelerating road-legal, production BMW ever. “The new M5 rockets from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 3,4 seconds and from standstill to 200 km/h in a claimed 11,1 seconds. Top speed, meanwhile, is electronically limited to 250 km/h, although the optional M Driver’s Package will raise the bar to 305 km/h” adds carmag.
It will reach South Africa in the first quarter of 2018, with its local prices to be unveiled before the end of 2017. BMW however says that it will build 400 examples of the M5 First Edition which entails the Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork. BMW South Africa adds that it will be available locally in “very limited numbers”.
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