The sixth-generation M5 will run a heavily revised 592bhp version of its predecessor’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine in combination with a standard M xDrive four-wheel-drive system to deliver a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.4sec and a 190mph top speed.
The CLAR (cluster architecture) structure, as it is known, endows the new M5 with a considerably more rigid, yet lighter, body than its predecessor’s. BMW’s M division claims it contributes to even more engaging driving traits than the outgoing F10- generation model, despite the adoption of four-wheel drive in place of the M5’s traditional rear-wheel drive.
M division boss Frank van Meel said: “Thanks to M xDrive, the new BMW M5 offers true rear-wheel-drive-like driving traits as well as significantly enhanced directional stability and controllability right up to the limits of performance, even when driving in adverse conditions such as in the wet or snow.”
Revealed as part of Electronic Art’s Need For Speed: Payback, a video game in which it stars, the new M5 is visually differentiated from standard 5 Series models by a range of customary BMW M division styling cues. These give it a muscular and familiar appearance.
Dimensionally, BMW’s new performance saloon is bigger than any other M5 before it Length grows by 55mm to 4965mm, width is up by 12mm to 1903mm and height has increased by 16mm to 1473mm.
However, despite these increases and the adoption of four-wheel drive, BMW M has managed to reduce the kerb weight by 25kg over the fifth-generation model, at 1855kg. Weight-saving initiatives employed on the new M5 include an aluminium bonnet, carbonfibre roof, a boot-mounted lithium ion battery and what is described as “a lightweight exhaust system”.