When BMW introduced the next generation of the M5 (F90), it made sure that the new model is more powerful and even faster with more aggressive styling. But while BMW’s high-performance four-door sports sedan really does its part both in terms of execution and looks, there are still people who are wondering and imagining what the new BMW M5 would look like when transformed from a sedan to a convertible.
For those who are wondering, let Aksyonov Nikita – a rendering artist from St. Petersburg, Russia -- satisfy your imagination. Nikita posted his renderings works of a new BMW M5 convertible on professional sharing site Behance. And it actually looks like it’s the German premium carmaker that created this roofless version of the high-performance sports sedan.
Apparently, Nikita’s convertible creation was derived or chopped off the new BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car, which made its debut on the final round of the 2017 season this month and which is set to continue its duties for the whole 2018 MotoGP season. Nikita practically removed the roof, the B- and C-pillars of the new BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car. Nikita also removed the red emergency lights, the windows and rear windshield. Furthermore, Nikita slightly flattened the rear deck of the BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car.
In addition, Nikita replaced the black leather wrappings – particularly on the seats – and replaced them with chocolate brown leather. With the roof removed, the cabin of the convertible version of the BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car is now fully exposed for onlookers to see and marvel. The result of all these changes is the new BMW M5 convertible.
Unfortunately though, it is next to improbable that BMW M would create a convertible version of the M5. At one time, BMW developed a one-off BMW E34 M5 Convertible, but this top-down version was never produced. The history goes back to 1989, when BMW Motorsport engineers did develop an M5 convertible. It was due for unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, but one week before the scheduled debut, BMW killed the vehicle as it could ultimately cannibalize the sales of the 3 Series convertible.
As for the new BMW M5 sedan, the carmaker has really managed to surpass the previous generation of the model. The new M5 is powered by a 4.4 liter biturbo V8 engine that delivers up to 600 hp (447 kW) of output at between 5,600 rpm and 6,700 rpm as well as up to 553 lb.-ft. (750 Nm) of torque.
This is more powerful than the engine that powers the previous model, delivering only 575 hp (428 kW) of max output and 500 lb.-ft. (677 Nm) of peak torque. Sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox, this power is distributed through an M xDrive system that allows the BMW M5 to transform into a two-wheel drive model.