Today, after months of teasing, BMW officially unveiled the all new, F90 generation M5.
Under the bonnet, the new M5 is powered by a 4.4L twin turbo V8 producing 441kW of power and 750Nm of torque. These figures propel the M5 to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, to 200km/h in 11.1 seconds up to a limited top speed of 250km/h – however, if unrestricted, BMW say the M5 could hit 305km/h.
As confirmed earlier this year, the F90 is the first ever M5 to be all wheel drive. The M xDrjve system it uses it rear biased, and can be set to be RWD only on the infotainment system. The rear axle also scores an Active M Differential that can distribute torque and power between the rear wheels. Transmission wise, the F90 M5 uses an 8-speed M Steptronic torque converter automatic with paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel – the transmission also has an option of three different driving modes.
Suspension up front is just a double wishbone system, while the rear gets a 5 link setup specially tuned for the M5 – it also features an aluminium strut at the rear to improve handling response. From standard, the M5 receives Orbit Grey 19-inch 5-double-spoke alloys, with 275/40 front and 285/40 rear tyres – however, the F90 M5 can be optioned with 20-inch 7-double-spoke allows in black/polished black, with 275/35 front and 285/35 rear tyres. Stopping the M5 are blue M compound 6-piston front and single piston rear brakes – 23kg lighter M carbon ceramics are available as options.
Interior wise, the M5 reveieves the same cockpit and dash design as the regular 5 Series range. The infotainment system controls the xDrive system’s power distribution and other M unique features. Passengers are treated to Merino leather upholstery with M sports seats and M branding all around.
BMW have also announced a ‘First Edition’ for the new M5. Limited to just 400, it gets a special new Frozen Dark Red Metallic with black Shadow Line trim (the trim like the grille etc are all glossy black). The First Edition gets the larger 20-inch alloys finished in black as standard. Further, the cabin of the FE is lined with piano Black accents, and gets Smoke White leather upholstery with red stitching.
The new M5 launches worldwide in early 2018. What do you think of it? I love it, especially the First Edition. What do you think? Let me know!