BMW M5 (F90) is named fastest 4-door production sedan after breaking records at Shanghai Circuit

Article by Christian A., on December 22, 2017

BMW revealed that the new M5 (F90) has taken on the Shanghai International Circuit and has shown its exceptional driving properties by setting a lap record. Driven by Bruno Spengler, the new M5 managed to clock in a time of 2:22.828 minutes.

Spengler, who had won the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) back in 2012, managed to break the record by five seconds. Making the record lap even more astonishing is the fact that the four-door saloon is a production version and was driven without any changes made for the racetrack. Not surprising, especially for BMW enthusiasts, as the M series follow the principle of a road-going car being capable of going through the racing track any time.

With the perfect mix of athleticism and luxury, the new M5 is powered by the 4.4-liter V8 engine that is fitted with the M TwinPower Turbo technology. Given that the engine has undergone changes by none other than the engineers at M, it can deliver output of 441 kW (600 hp) with peak torque of 750 Nm. Thus compared to the previous models, the new model shows that performance has indeed increased significantly. Paired to the engine is the Steptronic 8-speed transmission that comes with Drivelogic. Thus the new M5 can go from standstill to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Putting in the M-specific suspension ensures that driving dynamics is optimized. Further, BMW made sure to put focus on weight as it has a significant impact on the performance. Actual weight was lowered by using carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the roof.

While the car does have power and torque, Spengler said, the secret of the M5 would have to be the exceptional balance. Not only is it highly responsive but it’s very agile as well, he added. He continued that adding in the increased traction with the model’s four-wheel drive results in the M5 being highly easy to drive. Spengler said further that compared to the previous model, the new version is lighter which plays a rather significant part on a track like the one in China.

As a result of the various cutting-edge features fitted on the new M5, it is able to deliver just the right handling all the way to the dynamic limits of this model, be it on racing circuit or the road. A good example of this would be the M-specific four-wheel drive system M xDrive, a first for the M5. This feature delivers perfect traction and precise handling in order to make sure that driving dynamics is optimized.

Located in Jiading, Shanghai, in China, the Shanghai International Circuit is well known as the place for the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, which is conducted yearly. Like many Formula One racing circuits, this one was designed by none other than Hermann Tilke. As such, it has his signature track feature which is a hairpin turn preceded by a long back straight. The entire circuit, which includes the seating regions and other areas for the audience, has a total area of 5.3 square kilometers. A lap is measured at 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles).

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BMW works driver Bruno Spengler breaks lap record at the Shanghai International Circuit in the new BMW M5.

The new BMW M5 (combined fuel consumption: 10.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 241 g/km*) demonstrated its outstanding driving properties and the perfect combination of luxury and sportiness at the “Shanghai International Circuit”. BMW works driver Bruno Spengler set a new lap record for a four-door production saloon, clocking a time of 2:22.828 minutes at the Formula 1 circuit on the outskirts of the Chinese metropolis.

Although Spengler was making his first appearance at the circuit, and the conditions were not ideal on the cold and damp track, the 2012 DTM champion smashed the previous record by five seconds. The BMW M5, which Spengler had at his disposal for his record-breaking drive, was a production model without any modifications for the racetrack. This underlines BMW M’s philosophy of producing road-going vehicles which you can take to the track at any time.

“Besides power and torque, I suppose the secret of this car is its excellent balance,” said Spengler, whose DTM career includes 15 race wins and 48 podiums so far. “It’s very agile and responsive, and the increased traction with the four wheel drive makes this car very easy to drive. It is also lighter than the previous generation, which plays an important role on a track like this.”

The BMW M5: the new high-performance sedan.

Thanks to numerous innovative features, the new BMW M5 offers perfect handling up to the vehicle’s dynamics limits – both on the road and on the racetrack. These include the newly designed M-specific four-wheel drive system M xDrive being employed in the BMW M5 for the first time. It guarantees optimised driving dynamics through precise handling and perfect traction. The heart of the BMW M5, the 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, has been extensively revised by our M engineers. It delivers 441 kW/600 hp and a maximum torque of 750 Nm, offering a significant increase in performance vs. the predecessor models. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h with the new 8-speed Steptronic transmission featuring Drivelogic is just 3.4 seconds. The M-specific suspension helps optimise driving dynamics. Weight is also a crucial factor in terms of performance and has been further reduced by the roof being made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic.

Source: BMW

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