This is the time of the year when automakers give us teasers and previews of their upcoming models. Now, it seems like BMW is ready to unveil the M5 (F90) after a series of teasers, spy shots and leaked photos online.
So far, we know for sure that it will be a very powerful car, as it will be equipped with a 4.4 liter biturbo V8, allowing the M5 to yield as much as 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) at 5,600 to 6,700 rpm, and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-metres) of torque. This is indeed an upgrade compared to its predecessor with only 575 hp (428 kW) and 500 lb-ft (677 Nm) of torque. This powertrain will be working with an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox, giving power to all four wheels via an M xDrive system, with an option to shift from 4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD, or to completely turn off the stability control. It will also have a few driving modes including: Efficient, Sport, and Sport Plus.
Given that power, the M5 can now perform much better with the 0-62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) sprint, reducing it to just 3.4 seconds, before it continues on to reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kmh). But this can be pushed even further to 189 mph (305 kmh) when the limiter is removed.
Based on the leaked photos, we can tell that the exterior upgrades are quite subtle compared to the previous model. Like most BMW models, the dual kidney grille remains as is, but instead comes with a new pair of headlights. There are design cues that have been borrowed from other M models like the lower diffuser. Moving on to the rear end, the M5 gets a new set of taillights and also a larger diffuser, along with the same quad exhaust tips from before.
A standard M5 will get a set of 19-inch alloys wheels that can be upgraded to slightly larger ones, and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport cup tires. Optional carbon ceramic brakes can be had, which will also reduce its weight by 50 pounds (23 kilograms). The 2018 model year currently weight at 4,089 pounds (1,085 kilograms), losing around 200 pounds from before.
The cabin will also be getting upgrades from the steering wheel, the seats, and upholstery for an even sportier look. Both the center console and the steering wheel will be finished in carbon fiber with a red outline as an accent.
In terms of pricing, the 2018 M5 will have a starting price of €117,900 in Europe. Dealers will start taking orders as early as September, and deliveries are set to begin by Spring 2018.