Sixth Generation BMW M5 Saloon to Launch Next Year

By Paul Joseph

The BMW M5 is widely considered the genesis of the high performance super saloon genre. Now an all-new sixth generation of the car will launch early next year, the prestigious German manufacturer confirmed.

Equipped with an enhanced V8 engine, a new M-specific, all-wheel drive system, the latest iteration of the M5 promises to offer superior driving dynamics and four-wheel-drive traction capability.

Key to this heightened level of performance is the introduction of M xDrive and its adaptability thanks to a central control module and the variety of different dynamic modes that can be selected.

When first started, the car is in four-wheel-drive mode with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) switched on. But it comes with various driving dynamics modes, up to a track-friendly pure rear-wheel drive without DSC.

Power comes from the latest 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. It delivers a maximum torque of 750Nm, accelerating the new M5 from zero to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds, making it the fastest M5 yet.

All of this performance is wrapped in a design that adheres to the ‘form follows function’ mantra of all BMWs. The front design serves to splice the oncoming air in the most aerodynamic fashion while at the same time providing the breathing and cooling requirements for a 600hp engine and its braking system, and the downforce required of a high performance saloon.

The Sixth Generation BMW M5 Saloon will be on sale from February 2018.

By Paul Joseph