The new-generation 5 Series arrived for the 2017 model year, replacing the seven-year-old and rather successful F10 model. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new sedan also lost some weight and gained new engines, including four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V-8 mills. Now up to 137 pounds lighter, it’s quicker, more dynamic, and returns improved fuel economy. It also features state-of-the-art tech that brings it in line with the latest Mercedes-AMG E-Class. As usual, a high-performance M5 version is set to follow, and BMW just introduced it to the world with loads of new tech and an upgraded V-8 engine.
Arguably the most intriguing fact about the new M5 is that gained all-wheel-drive. The rumor has been circulating for quite a few years, and BMW has confirmed that xDrive will be offered as an option (but standard in the United States). The move is far from surprising, as both Audi and Mercedes-Benz have adopted all-wheel-drive for most of their performance cars. So basically BMW is bringing the M5 in line with its main U.S. rivals, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the Audi RS7. The new sedan will go on sale starting September 2017, with deliveries set to commence in the spring of 2018.
M5 is based on the 5 Series platform and there is no hiding in the design. The new M5 resembles the 5 Series— the F10— in exterior styling and hence its model is named as the F10M. It is the souped-up version of the existing 5 Series. The bonnet on the 5 is more like flat, but that on the M5 is more muscular. The strakes on the hood are prominent and the front bumper gets extension. There are two large air vents in the front bumper to suck in a lot more of oxygen for better combustion.
The silhouette is very much like the 5 Series, with the addition of side skirts and ofcourse 235/65ZR20 meaty tyres, and the side metal air scoop. On the rear bumper, there is diffuser-derived design for better aerodynamics and also an integrated spoiler on the boot. The quad-pipe and the M5 indicate that the beast that resides under the hood and also differentiate it from the 5. Even though the design is similar to the 5 Series, BMW states that about 80% of the components are entirely new or have undergone a major alteration for more strength and torsional rigidity.
Extremely aggressive exteriors are a total treat. However the interiors miss the wow factor. It is heavily borrowed from the 5 series, which has its highs and lows. The Highs are the interiors of the M5 are not very dramatic so even the matured buyer can opt for it. The lows are since the interiors are very reminiscent of the 5; there is nothing refreshing about it.M5 badged scuff plates welcome you inside the cabin. The Merino leather upholstery is just fine and is extremely comfortable. Even though the M5 is a performance sedan, the seats are still very comfortable unlike the 2012 BMW 328i, which has extra bolstered seats. Legroom is comfortable for the front row and decent for the rear. Perhaps guys at BMW knew that a M5 customer will not be spending too much time at the rear seat, which is so true.
The M badge affixed and custom stitched Nappa leather steering wheel has two M mode options M1 and M2 on it which can be manually configured for performance and comfort settings respectively. Instrumental cluster is simple and stylish. I have a small complaint with the 2012 328i and now this one too which is the digits on the speedometer and tachometer, this is perhaps I want the car to be as sporty and aggressive in the interiors as well.Aluminum finished paddle shifts, right for up and left for down are just behind the steering wheel. They provide proper grip and also help to give a performance sedan feel to the driver. The heads up display is a standard arrangement on the M5.
Around the staunch M auto shift stick, there are 3 custom engine performance options Effeciency, Sport and Sport Plus, which tweak the ride according to the desired condition. These modes are highly active and one can notice it as soon as it is activated. For example, as soon as it is shifted in the sports mode there is a noticeable rise in the engine rpm.The front door pockets can hold a 1L bottle easily. Also there are many intermittent storage options on the central console and also on the rear row of passengers. The boot space of the 2012 BMW M5 is a generous 520 litres. This is a lot of boot space for a sedan like this.
There is no change to the powertrain options with the facelift. The twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 continues to power the M5. The growly beast develops 568PS of power and 680Nm of torque at just 1500rpm delivering performance in a very non-turbocharged manner. Just the fact that there is about 2 tonnes to carry along makes the shove from motor even more dramatic. Full bore acceleration pins you in the seat as the M5 squats on its rear axle before surging forward in one relentless motion. Even in the rain, with the electronics turned on, for a RWD car, the stability and composure at speed is mind-boggling. Absolutely no snaking around and very little cut in power as action on a wet surface too is ample.
The M5 can do the 0-100kmph run in a officially claimed 4.3 seconds and top speed is a achievable 300kmph on a fairly long stretch of road. Its the way the M5 accelerates beyond the 150kmph mark that is a bit weight defying. The seven-speed dual clutch transmission works perfectly well providing a clear demarcation between its various modes from smooth and docile to downright violent. It allows the joys of having both in caged harmony to characterize the shades of the M5 as a commuter or a sportscar.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
Making a near-two-tonne car sprint to 100kph in under 5 sec is quite a feat. Making all that power easily manageable is even more impressive. But the most astonishing aspect of the M5 is how at times it rides even better than a regular 5-series. The M5’s suspension is remarkable in its ability to absorb bumps and maintain composure over broken tarmac, and this is true even in Sport mode. It only thuds when there are quick, sharp hits taken at speed, such as with big potholes or drain covers.But don’t get the wrong idea – the M5 is no softie. The steering is smooth, slick, linear and capable of filtering out the worst of the feedback, while allowing the good bits of feel to filter through. That and the ride make the M5 a supremely unflustered car in which to travel cross-country, and one that allows you to tackle crests, corners and bumps with terrific confidence.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
The M5 comes with six airbags and a host of electronic driver aids, including stability control and a system that primes the safety kit if a crash looks inevitable. It’s also fitted with devastatingly powerful brakes, which is just as well giving its outrageous performance. Deadlocks, locking wheelnuts and an alarm are on hand to fend off thieves.
It may be utterly beguiling, but the M5 is one seriously expensive 5 Series. BMW claims average economy of 28.1mpg, but admits you’ll halve that number if you use the full might of the engine. If it were our money, we’d plump for a 535d M Sport – it’s two thirds of the price, twice as economical and, in the real world, almost as quick.