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The all New BMW M5!


The new generation of the BMW M5 is the first ever all-wheel-drive version of this high powered saloon.

This model is fitted with one of the technically most sophisticated, most dynamic and most responsive all-wheel drive systems in any production car, the BMW M xDrive. Even with a decidedly sporty driving style and taking the vehicle dynamics to the limit, the new BMW M5 remains effortlessly controllable, with BMW M xDrive taking driving pleasure and achievable speeds to a whole new level. The all-wheel drive system allows the high-performance saloon to race from 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds. Even the BMW M Test drivers on the Núrburgring north loop were impressed. On some track sections – where previous vehicles were unable to achieve the same speeds – they even had to develop an entirely new set of braking points.

Few sports saloons offer such a compelling combination of superior track-ready performance and modern executive car comfort. This can be ascribed in part to features such as the intuitive BMW iDrive Control, with touch display and gesture control, and state-of-the-art driver assistance systems. These include the optional Driving Assistant plus package, which supports drivers when required with the steering and lane control assistant as well as automated lane-changing.

For the first time, the new BMW M5 comes to the starting grid with an 8-speed step-tronic automatic transmission and Drivelogic. Depending on the shift setting that has been selected, the gears are automatically engaged almost instantly or steering wheel paddle shifters allow the driver to change gears manually. Like all BMW M models, the new BMW M5 uses a fast-acting locking differential to split engine power efficiently between the two rear wheels. For the first time, carbon clutch discs are used to provide even more sensitive control of this power split.
To harness the full potential of the new BMW M xDrive all-wheel drive system, the BMW M Engineers developed what they call a Central Intelligence Unit. This monitors all driving dynamics parameters and masterminds the operation of the relevant components such as the engine, brakes, steering, all-wheel drive system and locking differential. The software reads driving situations proactively, on the basis of the incoming data and in split seconds configures all the settings to match the driver’s wishes as closely as possible. The continuous fine adjustments performed by the system are so unobtrusive that even trained drivers pushing the vehicle close to its physical limits will not realise they are going on. All they will notice is that on any surface and in any weather they can handle the vehicle with exceptional control and supreme confidence.

With its combination of high revving ability (up to 7,200 rpm) and impressive power (441 kW/600 hp), the new BMW M Twinpower Turbo V8 is virtually unparalleled for an engine of this calibre. Specially matched to this powerplant, the exhaust gas routing gets the twin turbochargers to spool up quickly and efficiently, packing highly compressed intake air into all eight cylinders. Here the pressurised fuel-air mixture ignites to provide practically lag-free torque of up to 750 Newton Metres.

The redesigned interior of the BMW M5 is in equal parts functional, luxurious and sporty. The high-end specifications include a Bowers & Wilkens Surround sound system with illuminated speakers and M multifunctional seats (both of which are optional), as well as a redesigned gear selector lever with integrated buttons for the Drivelogic transmission settings and parking lock.

The aerodynamic design of the shapely and distinctive rear end, embellished by its four tailpipes, is perfectly balanced. At high speeds and during fast cornering, the finely honed aerodynamic set-up increases the downforce on the rear wheels for a confident feeling at the steering wheel. For the first time, the new BMW M5 is available with an optional performance exhaust system, which comes with a different configuration and even sportier sound.

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Posted on 7th November 2017 at 10:48 AM

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