Everything We Know About the 2018 BMW M5


The next-generation BMW M5 is going to be the fastest yet.

Spy photographers have caught the 2018 BMW M5 testing and there’s a lot to be excited about if you’re a high-performance sedan enthusiast. With the introduction of the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S, which offers 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, we can expect BMW to push its next M5 to new heights in order to compete within the segment.

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Here’s everything we know about the 2018 BMW M5 so far.

It Will Go 0-60 Faster Than 4 Seconds

Currently at the top of the 5 Series range is the M550i xDrive, being touted as the fastest 5 Series to date. The German automaker says the M550i xDrive goes zero-to-60 mph in under four seconds, besting the current M5’s time of 4.4 seconds. Naturally, the new BMW M5 will have to be faster than the M550i xDrive, and we’re going to take a safe guess that it will be quite a bit quicker since the M550i xDrive has “just” 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, and likely faster than the M760i, which hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0–100 km/h in 3.7) or the Alpina B5 that hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.5.

Don’t Expect a Manual Transmission

Like other performance cars, the next-generation BMW M5 likely won’t be offered with a manual transmission. BMW already stopped taking manual transmission orders on the current M5 last year and said at the time that demand had dropped to zero on the M6. The manual transmission was developed specifically for the U.S. market and it wasn’t cheap to do so. It’s highly unlikely BMW will do it again, especially since sales prove it’s not worth the time or effort.

Expect 600 Horsepower From a Twin-Turbo V8

Autocar reports the next-gen BMW M5 will use a reworked version of the outgoing twin-turbo V8 engine, producing around 600 hp while mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That puts it in line with the competing Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Changes to the intercooler and new twin-scroll turbochargers contribute to the boost in performance, while the eight-speed auto will replace the seven-speed dual clutch automatic currently used.

It Will be All-Wheel Drive

The BMW M5 has always been rear-wheel drive, but that will change with the 2018 model. In fact, it will be the M5’s first all-wheel-drive variant. But don’t fret, like Mercedes-Benz’s Drift Mode, the BMW M5 in M Dynamic Mode will decouple the front differential so drivers can send all 600 or so horses to the rear wheels.

Weight Won’t Change Significantly

BMW will focus on saving weight on the new M5 with the use of aluminum and high-strength steel, as well as carbon-fiber for various body parts. But weight won’t change significantly despite previous reports, since the new M5 will come standard with all-wheel drive and it will be larger than the outgoing model. Expect it to stick close to the current 4,122 pounds (1,870 kilograms), but don’t be surprised if BMW manages to get it closer to 4,000 lb.

Look for it to Debut in September

We will likely see the 2018 BMW M5 bow at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this September. That might seem a long ways away, but you can expect to see plenty more spy photos and leaks leading up to the sedan’s debut.

Discuss this story on our BMW M5 Forum

  • Kryojenix

    Faster than 0-60mph in 4sec – has to be faster than or match Tesla SP100D, so 2.9sec.
    Sad about no manual, but not in the N.Am. market, so haven’t had the option for 2 generations and it’s okay, it’s been truly superseded. However, very suss about replacing a dual-clutch with a regular auto if this is the case.
    Horsepower – of course, but just a rework of the same engine?! All-new engine not required?! Also, no KERS rumours then, I suppose.
    All-wheel-drive, expected. As long as it’s great to dynamically drive that’s fine. Especially with the RWD option still in place.
    Great. Waiting until September … =-D

  • cohenfive

    Faster is good, but even bigger still is unfortunate, and likely heavier as well (if not much). I loved my e39 m5 and then e92 m3, but have no need for a huge car like this, so this is not for me. I wouldn’t expect that it does any better in the used car market than the last couple of versions, which have been very, very rapid in terms of depreciation rates.

  • alteredz

    Us E39 M5 drivers past and present (me) don’t seem to be overly impressed by the size growth and lack of a manual. The E39 M5 had only a manual available. All that power is nice though.

  • bullmoon

    a different car – sounds awesome, but for me, the e39 was the peak of M5 – almost everything was right about that car

  • Dee

    “Rework of the outgoing engine…” is a BIG disappointment. Agree with others who praise the E39, a great handling M5 that let driver actually feel the road, had (mostly) useable HP & torque, reasonable size/weight for sedan, with nothing phoney like fake piped-in exhaust sound thru the speakers. Loved that torque, esp in 2nd & 3rd gears. Successor model E60 added girth, +100 HP (to 500) but no real increase in torque. Felt big and less communicative. Next successor F10 raised HP to 560-575 and torque to 500 lb/ft but even more isolation from the road. and added weight. No real road feel. Article stated that base F10 M5 took 4.4 seconds to run 0-60; I thought it was around 4.1 with DCT.

    I would rather have BMW wait another year and give the M group time to “re-imagine” this car. Sounds like the only objective of thus new model is to equal or beat the E-63 S.

  • Kryojenix

    Whoa! We’re all E39 drivers! w00t! =-P

  • Right of right

    Hope BMW got a discount on their design guy. Every unit looks the same. Boring.

  • You know who I am

    MBB, dummy!

  • dk

    Yeah, you’re a dumbshit who thinks MBB is the cool way to abbreviate McKinsey, Bain and BCG. Too bad none of them would ever hire you. Dumb-fucks like you spend their time trying to boost their pathetic egos by knocking down others. Get a life, dumbshit!