BMW Confirms 2018 M5 Will Get 25-Horsepower Boost, All-Wheel Drive

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This marks the first time BMW has revealed a vehicle through a videogame partnership, unveiling the new in-game BMW M5 at gamescom, Europe's biggest trade fair for interactive games and entertainment.

The sixth-generation BMW M5 has staked its claim for the title of best super-sedan in the world, with the latest M model combining increased engine outputs with a new torque-convertor automatic transmission and a trick all-wheel-drive system.

The revised 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 offers 592bhp and 553lb-ft of torque, a substantial increase on the outgoing standard auto (F10M), if not special editions such as the 30 Jahre. The system defaults to all-wheel drive with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) turned on, but a rear-biased 2WD mode with no DSC is selectable.

The amount of space available in the M5 is the same as in the regular 5 Series, and that means front and rear passengers should be well catered for, and you should be able to get a couple of holiday suitcases into the boot without any trouble. That would allow it to accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 2.9 seconds, as well as perform a quarter-mile run of 10.5 seconds at 126 mph (203 kph). The driver has five different configurations to choose from based on combinations of the DSC modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD). Despite the new, complicated all-wheel-drive system, the new M5 weighs roughly the same as the outgoing M5 and a few dozen pounds less than the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive. A map-controlled, fully variable oil pump ensures oil is supplied as and when the new BMW M5 needs it, even on the track.

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"The M5 takes the BMW M-series into new territory, with 441 kW/600 hp, peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) and 10.5 l/100 km [26.9 mpg imp] fuel consumption combined/ 241 g/km Carbon dioxide emissions combined, which promise supreme propulsive power and formidable performance". Top speed, meanwhile, is an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph), but the optional M Driver's Package can keep the fun coming to 305 km/h (189 mph). The M5 gets thicker anti-roll bars and stiffer rubber mounts, along with a new steel X-brace. The design of the new M5 is an evolution of the previous F10 model and was built upon the lightweight architecture of the current G30 5 Series.

Braking performance comes from standard M compound brakes, six-piston fixed calipers up front, and single-piston floating calipers in the rear. BMW M engineers have also added a new carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof to cut weight even further on the new M5. Rounding out the exterior changes is a set of 20-inch black light-alloy wheels.

Visually, the 2018 M5 is as expected - it's essentially a standard 5 Series but with larger wheels and more aggressive styling. BMW has also announced the release of the limited BMW M5 First Edition.

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