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.
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.
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