Here it is, the M5 version of the phenomenally successful new-generation BMW 5 Series.
And while we would normally be quite interested in a new M5, why wouldn’t you be? The new-gen model adds the extra spice of all-wheel drive.
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A first for the sports saloon, BMW say the all-wheel-drive tech enables the M5’s dynamic prowess to be experienced in even greater depth.
Still rear-wheel biased, M5 drivers will even be able to switch the all-wheel drive system off, should they want to.
In officially unveiling the model early this morning, BMW confirmed power will come from an updated version of the manufacturer’s 4.4-litre V8 engine.
Mated as standard to an eight-speed auto transmission, the engine will give M5 buyers a hefty 441kW/750Nm at their disposal.
BMW is promising a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 3.4 seconds.
Frank van Meel is the Chairman of BMW M, he says the all-wheel drive system is the icing on the cake of the new 6th generation M5.
“The core component of M xDrive is a central intelligence unit with M-specific software delivering integrated control of longitudinal and lateral dynamics.
“The new drivetrain technology combines all of the agility and precision of standard rear-wheel drive with the supreme poise and traction of the all-wheel-drive system,”
“As a result, the new BMW M5 can be piloted with the familiar blend of sportiness and unerring accuracy on both the race track and the open road – and in various weather conditions, too.”
No word yet on Australian pricing, or an expected arrival date, we will keep you updated though as further info comes to hand.
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