By Stephen Elmer, May 17, 2017
BMW has just released a number of new videos on the upcoming 2018 M5, confirming most of our suspicions.
First off, the BMW M5 will be the first M car ever to offer all-wheel drive, what BMW calls M xDrive. The system will offer three drive modes, 4WD mode, 4WD Sport mode and finally 2WD, allowing the car to be a pure rear-wheel driver when the driver wants.
According to BMW M CEO Frank van Meel, M xDrive will allow the car to use torque vectoring, helping it be a more precise driver’s car than in previous generations. An active M differential is also fitted to the new M5.
BMW says it will be a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 under the hood making 600 horsepower and over 516 lb-ft of torque. As for curb weight, BMW wouldn’t give a straight answer, simply saying that the new M5 with xDrive all-wheel drive will be lighter than the current rear-wheel drive M5, which weighs about 4,500 pounds. A big factor in this weight loss if a roof made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
A new eight-speed automatic gearbox is the only option and is used to cope with the higher output engine and to match up with the new xDrive system. Fuel economy is rated 10 L/100 km (23.5 mpg) combined, though that is on the typically generous European test cycle.
Combine all that and BMW says that the car will jump to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 3.5 seconds.
The all-new BMW M5 will make its full debut sometime before the end of 2017.