BMW’s 6th-generation M5 promises to be exciting & emotionally enthralling

Closer look at the 600-hp 2018 M5 rocket.

BMW’s executive-friendly sports sedan enters its sixth-generation with the M xDrive system all-wheel-drive technology with notably enhanced performance compared to the outgoing M5, according to BMW.

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Expect a whopping 600 horsepower from the redesigned 2018 M5

Power comes from a 4.4‑litre V8 engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo putting down 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, paired to the sedan’s various drive modes including 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD.

By default, when the M5 is awakened it will stick to the 4WD mode with DSC on, allowing a certain amount of slip at the rear wheels to produce the agility; for more performance and exhilaration, the 4WD Sport mode ramps up the configuration for ultra-sporty and dynamic handling.

Interior of the 2018 BMW M5: completely new, lowered instrument panel

Inside, the 2018 BMW M5 cockpit will find a cleaner layout including a lowered instrument panel with freestanding Control Display and the M-style instrument cluster featuring two classical circular dials.

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A redesigned gear selector with a three-position rocker switch for selecting the Drivelogic shift programs, a new and more comprehensive heads-up display, and an M sports steering wheel with M1 and M2 configurable M Drive buttons find their way into the new M5 for 2018.

BMW promises their all-new M5 will be the “most exciting and emotionally enthralling” version yet of the popular executive sedan. We’ll wait and see but frankly have no doubts. And with 0-100km/hr times for the new M5 which BMW claims will leave its predecessor trailing in its wake, we’ll take their word for it.

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