BMW recently announced that the long awaited 2018 BMW M5 (F90) finally goes into production. The M5 is also known as the German automaker’s most powerful production high performance sedan in history. We saw it a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it made it public reveal.
Apart from being the most powerful production vehicle by BMW, it was announced to be the most expensive M5 ever, earlier this week with a starting price of $102,600, plus an extra $995 destination and handling fee. That makes it $8,500 more expensive than the outgoing model. After months of waiting, BMW confirmed that the 2018 M5’s mass production has started at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Southern Bavaria.
Without a doubt, the very first batch of BMW M5s will be delivered to customers in Europe when it first rolls off the line. But United States customers should not take too long until they get their hands on the F90 generation of the sedan. If everything goes as planned during the production process, deliveries should begin by March 2018 to countries including Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. BMW also plans to beat the previous generation’s production record of about 20,000 units.
We have already seen one of the first new M5s that rolled off the assembly line. And one of them is this stunning Snapper Rocks Blue car. This finish will be included in the options that customers can choose from with no additional cost, along with six other hues. As usual, there are also a number of special paint jobs that can be done through the BMW Individual program.
Apart from being more expensive and more powerful than its predecessor, the 2018 M5 is probably better in every aspect you could think of. For instance, it is much lighter in weight, only weighing at 4,089 pounds (1,855 kilograms). As mentioned earlier, it is more powerful too, at 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) - all thanks to the 4.4 liter V8 biturbo motor. In only 3.2 seconds, it can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometers per hour). The new CLAR platform also makes sure that the new M5 has easier handling, along with improved overall performance.
Customers can even upgrade the standard model at an additional cost. Upgrading to the Azurite Black Metallic paint will cost an extra $1,950, while a full Merino leather interior will raise the total by $3,500. If you would like to change the current 19-inch wheels to a set of 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, that would mean an additional cost of $1,300 as well.