The sixth generation BMW M5 has been unveiled and will be launched in February 2018. It will come with an enhanced V8 engine, a new M-specific, all-wheel drive system known as M xDrive and performance statistics that surpass all previous versions. M xDrive and its capability to adapt thanks to a central control module and the variety of different dynamic modes that can be selected have been responsible for a considerable boost in performance. 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.
The new M5 is powered by the latest 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. It delivers a maximum torque of 750 Nm, accelerating the new M5 from 0-100 kph in just 3.4 seconds, making it the fastest M5 yet. Power is transferred to the road via a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic that also delivers quicker gearshifts.
The engine characteristics can be changed by pushing the Drive Performance from the basic setting ‘Efficient’ to ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Plus’, both of which provide a faster turbo response. Also, the exhaust manifolds have been modified to ensure the best transfer of exhaust gas energy into the two turbochargers.
If the driver switches to M Dynamic mode (MDM, 4WD Sport), the M5 becomes sharper and agiler. More torque is fed to the rear axle and the rear wheels give more wheel slippage. This allows controlled drifts and playful handling, but with controlled oversteer.