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).