2018 BMW M5 Specs and Release Date
Perhaps no two words are more synonymous with exotic automotive power than “German Engineering.” Between Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche, Germany’s automobile manufacturing is the standard for the execution of power, reliability and ingenuity.
Following their reputation, the BMW M5 shouldn’t really be a surprise to anybody. The long-awaited automobile was announced in full yesterday and presents a range of incredible features for a 4-door, high-performance sedan.
A Powerful Engine and Competent Drivetrain
The 2018 M5 is the first non-SUV, M-Series vehicle from BMW to feature All-Wheel Drive. Each one of the four wheels will receive 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque from the 4.4 L V8 bi-turbo engine with M Twin Power Turbo technology.
The inclusion of AWD gives the 2018 BMW M5 a 0-60 acceleration time of 3.2s. Peak torque occurs at 1,800 RPM and sustains through about 5,700 RPM. When torque begins to drop off, the horsepower hits peak allowing for rapid, high-RPM overtaking.
The speed is limited by an onboard governor to 155 mph, racing and speed trials should reveal the M5 to be capable of much higher speeds, perhaps even scratching the surface of 200 mph.
It’s really, really powerful.
Real Switching to RWD
BMW M purists who feel disappointed by the move away from a rear-wheel drivetrain can take heart. It’s still there. The 2018 BMW features the M xDrive transmission which gives drivers a choice between 4WD, 4WD Sport (more power sent to the rear wheels), and RWD.
Although other manufacturers have included gimmicky “drift mode” switching to 2WD, the 2018 BMW M5 is the first to provide the full experience. By entirely disconnecting the front axle, the M5 won’t re-engage 4WD until the driver chooses, or the car is restarted.
2018 BMW M5 Release Date
BMW has not stated a specific release date, but it’s likely that the 2018 BMW M5 won’t be available in the North American market until early 2018. As always, we’ll keep you updated on any further information from BMW.