BMW has finally revealed what the all-new production M5 will look like two months after the German carmaker showed off the M5 Concept at the Auto Shanghai motor show.
Although BMW has abandoned the 5.0-liter V10 engine that came in the previous M5 in favor of the 4.4-liter V8 in the all-new M5, the carmaker's M division made sure it's more powerful than its predecessor. Thanks to the M TwinPower Turbo package, which consists of the Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, cross-bank exhaust manifold, high-precision petrol direct injection and the fully variable valve control Valvetronic system, the all-new M5 is capable of putting out 560 hp and 680Nm of torque; 60hp and 160Nm more than the model it replaces.
Putting down all that power to the rear wheels is a seven-speed dual clutch transmission while other electronic systems help keep the driver in control like traction-optimized automatic gear selection, launch control, low speed assistance and an automatically activated parking mode.
Add these up and the all-new M5 can run the zero to 100kph sprint in 4.4 seconds while zero to 200kph takes 13 seconds. Top speed is at 250kph but with the M Driver's Package, this is increased to 305kph.
Despite these impressive performance figures, the all-new M5 is astonishingly fuel efficient with an average fuel consumption of 9.9 liters for every 100 kilometers or 10.10 kilometers for every liter; a 30 percent improvement over the previous M5. The M5 also makes use of BMW's Efficient Dynamics technology with its use of the Auto Start-Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration.
It's the two new M Drive buttons on the steering wheel, however, that shows the most promise for any M enthusiast as these allow the driver to pre-program and switch from between two separate set-ups for the car, from the accelerator response and the shift program to the damper control and the standard Heads-Up Display.
As always, familiar styling cues abound in the all-new M5 like the front apron with its extremely large air intakes for the engine and brakes, the athletically flared wheel arches to emphasize its wider track, the hallmark M gills with integrated indicator bars, the aerodynamically optimized rear apron with the diffuser sandwiched between the dual twin exhaust tailpipes, the gurney-style rear spoiler on the boot lid and the exclusive double-spoke 19-inch M light-alloy wheels.
The interior also gets a healthy dose of M-specific touches such as the M-specific instrument cluster in black-panel technology, the newly-designed leather-covered center console, M-specific gear selector and M leather steering wheel with shift paddles.
Frankly, we're just wondering why BMW even bothered to come up with the M5 Concept since it looks practically the same as the production M5.