The performance-obsessed 2018 BMW M5 gets power from a 4.4-litre TwinPower M turbocharged V8 engine producing 600 PS and over 750 Nm peak torque
The new version of the BMW M5 was revealed after mustering power slides in a vague desert on its own right back in August ahead of making its public premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The M5 is notorious for its driving capabilities worldwide and BMW has managed to fit a roof finished in the lightweight carbon fibre material to help reduce the overall weight of the car which is indeed crucial for the performance and bringing the centre of gravity to optimum.
The new BMW M5 comes equipped with a 4.4-litre TwinPower turbocharged V8 engine tuned by the brand’s M division. It is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 600 PS and peak torque of 750 Nm. It is connected to the familiar eight-speed automatic transmission.
It helps in transferring power to all the four wheels through a new AWD system. The 2018 BMW M5 is claimed to be capable of doing the zero to 100 kmph sprint in just 3.4 seconds and 0-200 kmph in 11.1 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph but it can be increased to 305 kmph through an optional M Driver’s package. Pitting it against the main rival, Mercedes AMG E63 4Matic, it exceeds in the engine outputs.
The Merc utilises a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 571 PS and a massive 750 Nm of peak torque and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 kmph. However, it looks tamed when compared to its S version. It makes 612 PS and 850 Nm from the same engine.
Up front, it features a blackened kidney grille with chrome trim and newly designed bumper with larger air intakes apart from black and silver wheels over gold brake calipers, quad tailpipes, a black rear diffuser and subtle trunk lid lip spoiler.
The M5 has evolutionary exterior with focus on aerodynamics and changes to the interior. But the all important engine is expected to throw in heavy punch to its competitors. The new BMW M5 is expected to launch in India at the 2018 Auto Expo in February and could ask for a price close to Rs. 2 crore (ex-showroom).