2018 BMW M5 super sedan unwrapped – 441kW and AWD

The new 2018 BMW M5 has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Packing a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 delivering 441kW (600PS) and 750Nm of torque connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system, the new M5 will blast from 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, while 0-200km/h takes just 11.1 seconds.

Standard models are speed limited to a top end of 250km/h but those ticking the optional M Driver’s Package box will be able to take their cars to 305km/h.

The headline news, of course, is the inclusion of the M xDrive all-wheel drive system which BMW says has the “dynamic flair that astounds even seasoned DTM drivers”.

According to BMW, the rear-biased set up only brings the front wheels into play when the rear wheels aren’t able to transmit any more power to the road and additional tractive force is required. Drivers can choose from five different configurations based on the combinations of the DSC mode (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD). Purists can also completely deactivate the all-wheel drive system for classical rear-wheel drive.

Despite the addition of an all-wheel drive system, the 2018 M5 is significantly lighter than the outgoing model, tipping the scales at 1,855kg.

In terms of styling, the new M5 gets a chunky bodykit that includes an aggressive front bumper with deep air intakes, aerodynamic mirrors, a sculpted aluminium bonnet and a carbon-fire reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. Around the back, M Division’s trademark quad sports exhaust system makes a comeback, along with a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser.

The M5 rolls on standard 19-inch polished light alloy wheels featuring an Orbit Grey finish and M-specific tyres measuring 275/40 ZR 19 up front, and 285/40 ZR19 at the rear.

Stopping power comes courtesy of a high-performance braking system with blue-painted six piston calipers up front and single-piston floating calipers at the back. Customers can also opt for a set of 20-inch boots, along with M carbon ceramic brakes that reduce the car’s weight by 23kg.

Inside, the driver’s hands rest on a sporty M sport steering wheel, while the sport seats are clad in Merino leather. The are also various options to make the cabin even more special, including newly developed M multifunction seats with even better lateral support.

The first batch of 400 M5 First Edition cars will come finished with a Frozen Dark Red Metallic paint with shadow line trim, gloss black accents, and black 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.

First Edition interior will feature piano black trim, M multifunction seats, and an individually-number plaque.

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