BMW has just unleashed their fastest M car ever built. The F90 M5 will arrive later this year and will take its drivers from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and 124 mph in 11.1 seconds Under the hood, the new M5 is powered by the same 4.4 liter TwinTurbo with 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. All of that fury is sent through an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic that’s been specifically tuned for M5 duty. Top speed will be electronically-limited to 155 mph, however, with an optional M Driver’s Package, that top speed increases to 189 mph.
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BMW’s new version of its xDrive all-wheel drive system features a rear bias, but a special 2WD mode sends power solely to the rear wheels. There will also be a “4WD Sport” mode, which sends more power to the rear wheels all of the time. The M5 rides on standard 19-inch wheels fitted with 275/40s in the front and 285/40s in the rear. A set of 20-inch alloys wrapped in 275/35s in front and 285/35 in back is available.
M compound brakes come standard and clamp down on perforated, vented 15.5-inch steel rotors in the front and 15-inch discs in the rear. Blue-painted six-piston front brake calipers emblazoned with the M logo are also standard.
The M5 receives M front seats with illuminated M5 logos and thicker side bolsters, an M Sports Steering Wheel, a red ignition switch, and red accents on the gear selector and paddle shifters. There’s also a new change to the steering wheel. While the wheel itself hasn’t really changed, there are two new little buttons on it that are a bit different. Rather than have the configurable M1 and M1 buttons, which activate your customized driving mode presets, on the wheel itself, next to cruise control and volume buttons, BMW moved them up by the paddles. So now, there are big red buttons where your thumbs should be and in front of the paddles, labeled “M1” and “M2” on the left and right, respectively.
It also features a large infotainment screen with gesture control. The M5 does get a unique head-up display that can project a shift light and other performance data in the driver’s line of sight, however.
For more info on the new M5, see the launch article. For more visuals, watch the videos below.