BMW shows off the new M5 in Need for Speed Payback

Yolanda Curtis
August 21, 2017

The arrival of a new BMW M5 is always going to be one of the biggest stories of the motoring year.

The revised 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 offers 592bhp and 553lb-ft of torque, a substantial increase on the outgoing standard vehicle (F10M), if not special editions such as the 30 Jahre. The engine develops 441 kW/600 hp at 5,600 - 6,700 rpm, while a monumental 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque is placed at the driver's disposal from as low down as 1,800 rpm and remains there until 5,600 rpm. The turbochargers have been revised, along with the lubrication and cooling systems, and fuel injection pressure has been raised to 350 bar. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 11.1 seconds. "Take a look at the new BMW M5: its power output, torque and acceleration, the M specific all-wheel drive system M xDrive and its stunning design make our all-new toy the flawless feature for Need for Speed", said Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division.


An electronic "chassis brain", positioned just behind the nearside front wheel on the underside of the auto, keeps tabs on the state and function of the stability control system, four-wheel-drive system and torque vectoring active rear differential. M5 can only be purchased with rear-wheel drive. A special transfer case splits torque front and rear, while an Active M Differential splits it between the rear wheels. In manual mode, meanwhile, the M5 won't upshift automatically even when you hit the rev limiter.

BMW's M Division had a good starting point in the G30-generation 5 Series, but a number of changes were made to the M5's chassis.


Underneath this all, there's Variable Damper Control - with Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus modes - with electronically controlled shock absorbers, together with double-wishbone suspension at the front and five-link at the rear. The track width has been increased, stiffer anti-roll bars and more hardcore rubber mounts abound.

Finally, with DSC off the M5 can be driven in all-wheel or rear-wheel drive for when you feel like you have too much tread on your rear tyres. Merino leather is standard, as are M-specific heated seats. Both setups feature six-piston calipers up front and single-piston calipers in the rear.


Hauling this freight train of a sedan to a stop are either high-po M brakes or some optional M carbon-ceramic brakes. This option reduces unsprung weight by 50.7 pounds, according to BMW. The roof is carbon fiber-reinforced plastic to save mass.

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