Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

The BMW M5 is one of the few cars that really gets enthusiasts excited. The latest super sedan from the brand is finally here, following a protracted buildup. More power than any other M5 to carry the recognizable mark is the new model. Because of its conventional hybrid drivetrain, however, it’s also the heaviest M5 ever.

Naturally, underneath is XM DNA, which consists of a single electric motor nested within an eight-speed transmission and a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine. With a tad less power than the XM Label, the system’s total output is 717 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The motor produces an additional 194 horsepower, which is the same as what is found in the XM, adding 577 horsepower to the engine’s output. The hybrid battery, at 14.8 kWh, is smaller than the original battery.

The new M5 is claimed by BMW to reach 60 mph from zero in 3.4 seconds. The maximum speed is 155 mph, but with the M Driver’s Package, it can reach 190 mph. The quiet, electric-only functioning that a plug-in hybrid provides is the opposite of that pace. BMW estimates a silent 25-mile range in electric mode using only battery power. On the other hand, the car will sense when you’re ready to go and start the engine to provide greater power if you press the accelerator or choose to manually shift the M Steptronic transmission.

When it comes to gaming, the new M5 has three standard driving modes. Gas and electricity combine to provide comfort, making travel as efficient and comfortable as possible. More frequent gas engine shutdowns will occur, and the suspension and gearbox settings will remain in their least invasive positions. The optional Dynamic and Dynamic Plus settings are required for the whole M5 experience, although Sport and Sport Plus spice things up (while keeping the engine running at all times). These settings maximize the powertrain’s output and intensify the cooling system in preparation for track use.

Rear-wheel drive may also be enabled with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system via the dynamic mode. In order to provide drivers “an even more unfiltered performance experience,” BMW also offers the option to disable stability control. Similar to a stability control system, the electronically controlled differential lock for the rear can send power left or right depending on what’s needed to get the job done. The M5 is kept clean in this instance by using power instead of brakes. This results in more confident and swifter handling, which is further enhanced by the active rear steering that can be turned up to 1.5 degrees.

Six-piston calipers mounted on 16.1-inch discs in front and single-piston floating calipers mounted on 15.7-inch discs in rear are what stop the M5. The optional M Carbon ceramic brakes reduce weight by 55 pounds and increase the front disc size to 16.5 inches. A set of staggered wheels, 20 inches up front and 21 inches rear, support them.

The M5’s custom driveline arrangement includes much more than just firmer 5-Series springs. Model-specific reinforced control arms, camber control arms, and guide arms made for higher g loading are all used in the five-link rear axle. The M5-specific hubs are used on the more stiff double-wishbone front axle.

The mounts for the different chassis components are stronger, and there is more bracing for the strut towers and underfloor bracing. Of course, BMW comes standard with its Adaptive M suspension, which has electrically adjustable dampers.

Furthermore, there is a ton of fine-tuning accessible. The new M5 offers customized settings for the suspension, brakes, steering, gearbox, and xDrive all-wheel-drive system in addition to the previously stated driving modes. In the context of technology, BMW’s 8.5 operating systems come equipped with M-specific displays for the driver and front-seat occupants. Included is a heads-up display, and you can play a variety of AirConsole games or stream films when you’re not in the mood to drive.

The topic of the elephant in the room is now. 5,390 lbs is the weight of the 2025 BMW M5. While it may not be as much as a real elephant, that is still more than a four-door cab and four-wheel drive Ford F-150. On the other hand, we’ve already driven a preproduction M5 on a track and are astounded by how excellent it is. Although the weight doesn’t seem to be a problem, how will it apply to regular use? We’re eager to investigate it further after we’ve had more time behind the wheel, so stay tuned.

Alternatively, you might purchase one for a base price of $120,675 and determine whether the heaviest M5 ever made is still a joy to drive. Later this year, deliveries will start.

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