Performance Takes on New Dimensions in the 2018 BMW M5

For five generations, the BMW M5 was offered solely in rear-wheel drive. After all, that’s what enthusiasts crave. But don’t mistake the fact that the sixth generation model unveiled in Cologne this week signifies a departure. Yes, it may have standard all-wheel drive, but it’s more of a dimensional addition than a change in mission.

However you shake it, the new M5 is quick. Its twin-turbo V8 has had its output bolstered to 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, with an AWD-aided sprint time of 3.2 seconds. Although logic dictates added weight from the M-tuned xDrive system, the M5 is actually 200 lbs. lighter than its predecessor. It also boasts new dimensions, thanks to three power modes—4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD—which gradually phase out the front wheel’s involvement in driving. In 2WD mode, Dynamic Stability Control turns off by default, and an Active M Sport Differential shunts torque between left and right wheel for optimum stability.

Wherever your craving for performance falls on the spectrum, there’s a new BMW model to fit. The 2018 M5 may not go on sale until next spring, but there are plenty of other M models to check out at our Chico, CA dealership. You can also contact us to let us know your interest in the forthcoming M5.

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