A combination of four-door, powerful engine and agility on a winding road, highway and racetrack with the same ability, the 2018 BMW M5 has been the primary choice for sport sedan buyers since 1986. The last M5 generation lacked the athleticism of its predecessors . However, with this redesigned model, BMW aims to put 2018 M5 back on top as the number one sports sedan.
For the engine, the 2018 BMW M5 uses a revised version of the turbocharged V8 from the previous car. It now produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The power is delivered through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and an adjustable all-wheel-drive system. This is the first time it makes an appearance on M division sedan since BMW used the all-wheel drive for its X5 M and X6 M SUV.
The 2018 M5 handling is probably the most you’re interested in. The previous M5 lacked the sharpness that makes the M car unique, but this one has it. BMW says the new M5 is lighter and more fun to drive. It’s still a great sedan, but revised suspension and steering calibrations have brought back some of the old M5’s characteristics.
Trim and Features
The 2018 BMW M5 is a high-performance, four-door five-passenger luxury sedan. It comes in only one primary trim.
Standard equipment includes adaptive LED headlights, an adaptive suspension, 19-inch wheels, a power trunklid, a head-up display, heated steering wheel, 20-way power front seats, heated front seats, ambient interior lighting, a 10.2-inch touchscreen-based navigation system and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. Standard safety features include front collision mitigation, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors.
There are two optional packages for the 2018 BMW M5. The Driving Assistance Plus package upgrades the safety package by adding adaptive cruise control, front and rear cross traffic alert and active lane keeping assist. The Executive package adds soft-close doors, power rear sunshade with manual side window shades, four-zone climate control, massaging and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a surround-view camera system, automatic parking, an onboard LTE data modem and wireless phone charging.
Various stand-alone options that offer performance, safety and luxury features are available. These include carbon-ceramic brakes, larger 20-inch wheels, a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, Apple CarPlay connectivity, night vision, and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
The 2018 BMW M5 is powered by a revised version of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Its mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to the new M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the 2018 BMW M5 reaches 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and run from 0 to 124 mph in 11.1 seconds. With the optional M Driver Package, it’s capable of a top speed of 189 mph. EPA fuel economy rating at 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway).
The M xDrive basically allows the M5 to drive the rear wheels only for most of the time, the central clutch only sends power forward when the back begins to lose the grip or in sudden acceleration, when extra stability is required. The rear axle is also equipped with M Differential, although the four-wheel steering system seen on the M550i xDrive is removed from the M5 to save weight. That seems a strange decision because it works well on everything and will surely be able to cope with M5 greater agility.
The 2018 BMW M5 also offers various adjustments for each aspect of its dynamic personality. There are Sport Plus, Comfort and Sport settings for silencers, steering and throttle mapping, plus three modes for transmission, and you can run full DSC in relaxed MDM mode or with fully rotated stability control. In addition, M xDrive has three modes: RWD, 4WD Sport or 4WD. You can only select the first two modes when you release the DSC, but 4WD Sport defaults to MDM mode for the stability control, whereas selecting RWD forces you to run completely without electronic intervention.
Release Date and Price
The new 2018 BMW M5 is now available to pre-order, with deliveries beginning in Spring of 2018.
Official price starts at €117,900 in Europe and $103,595 for the U.S market. It’s under the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S starting price of $105,395 and well above the Cadillac CTS-V base price of $87,490.