467kW BMW M5 CS unveiled as the most powerful M car ever

The all-new 2021 BMW M5 CS, which made its world premiere overnight, will storm Australian roads and race circuits from the middle of this year.

With an initial Australian allocation of just 20 vehicles, the new super sedan from BMW M packs the most powerful engine ever in the history of BMW M. The 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine in the M5 CS produces 467kW, an increase of 7kW over that of the BMW M5 Competition.

The boosted power is channelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and the M xDrive system. The variable xDrive all-wheel drive system can vary from its all-wheel drive mode with rear-biased baseline setup through to a pure rear-wheel-drive setting.

Performance wise, the M5 CS can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds, making it 0.3 seconds faster than the M5 Competition and placing it firmly in supercar territory.

The special-edition model needs just 10.4 seconds to reach 200 km/h from rest – 0.4 seconds less than the M5 Competition, while top speed is an electronically governed 305 km/h.

Building on the already stiffened chassis of the M5 Competition, the M5 CS sees a seven-millimetre drop in ride height plus shock absorbers developed for the BMW M8 Gran Coupé.

It’s claimed that the revised variable suspension setup not only brings added comfort, but also sharper on-the-limit handling dynamics.

High-performance tyres are fitted as standard on the M5 CS, but it can also be fitted at no cost with mixed-size Pirelli P Zero Corsa track tyres measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 285/35 R 20 at the rear.

Both tyre choices are fitted to 20-inch M forged wheels in Y-spoke design finished in gold bronze and measuring 9.5 x 20 at the front and 10.5 x 20 in the rear. Tucked behind the wheels are M Carbon ceramic brakes, which are fitted as standard on the M5 CS.

Befitting its special edition status, the M5 CS stands apart with exclusive accents in Gold Bronze and body elements in carbon fibre.

The distinctive Gold Bronze finish is applied to the kidney grille surround, the 20-inch M forged wheels, the “M5 CS” badges on the grille, the M gills on the front wings and the boot lid.

The door sill finishers feature illuminated “M5 CS” badges, while the bonnet is made entirely from carbon fibre and features air vents with applications in exposed carbon fibre.

The splitter on the front apron, exterior mirror caps, additional rear spoiler on the boot lid and the rear diffuser are also fashioned from carbon fibre.

These parts, in addition to their aerodynamic function, also help to achieve the 70-kilogram weight reduction over the BMW M5 Competition.

Inside, highlights include the Alcantara wrapped M steering wheel, carbon fibre gearshift paddles. Alcantara is also used for the headliner and provides a premium look and feel.

The BMW M5 CS is priced at $274,900 plus on-road costs.

Technical and equipment highlights of the 2021 BMW M5 CS:

  • 7kW power increase and 70kg weight reduction
  • BMW Laserlight with yellow icon lights
  • M Carbon Ceramic Brakes (red callipers)
  • 20” Forged Gold Bronze wheels with track tyres as no-cost option
  • M Carbon Bonnet
  • M Carbon Roof, Front Splitter, Mirror Caps, Rear Spoiler and Rear Diffuser
  • Gold Bronze kidney frame and side gill inserts with M5 CS badging
  • M5 CS Door Sills, illuminated
  • M Alcantara Steering Wheel with Carbon paddles
  • Interior trim Aluminium Carbon Structure Dark with ‘CS’ logo
  • M Carbon Bucket Seats with Nürburgring imprinted head restraints
  • 2 Seat second row with lightweight bucket-style seats
  • Full Leather Merino/Alcantara with Mugello Red Stitching
  • Lightweight Carbon Centre Console
  • Ceramic Surrounds for Controls
  • Driving Assistant
  • Parking Assistant
  • harman / kardon Surround Sound System
  • BMW Individual Frozen Paintwork

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