Just a few days after the 2018 BMW M5 (F90) was released, the exact same model makes another debut - in the virtual world instead. You will get drive it in the upcoming Need for Speed Payback game that will be capable with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The title will be officially released on November 10.
If you could remember, back in 2015, it was the M2 that made its debut in the racing game. Back in the day, you could only drive the M3 GTR in Shift (2009) and the M3 in the Most Wanted title that became quite big in 2005. But BMW’s partnership with Need for Speed goes way back to 1999 when the M5 can be driven in the very first Need for Speed game - that was 18 years ago.
Now, let us talk about the real-life model. Though it may not look far from the 520d, that is because the biggest change is in the powertrain. BMW engineers have turbocharged the M5’s familiar 4.4 liter V8 engine, which corroborated with the increased fuel injection pressure, now enabling the car to carry out as much as 600 horses (441 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton metres) of torque.
The new M5 can now give power to the front wheels if the driver prefers an all wheel drive setup. But this feature can be turned off for a pure rear wheel drive mode for better drifting. The range-topping 5 Series will also feature the xDrive that comes as a standard.
As for pricing, the 2018 M5 will have a starting price of €117,900 in Europe and customers can start placing their orders in September. There is a noticeable price difference between the M5 and the E63 which has a €110,110 price tag, making it around €7,000 more expensive. But it is cheaper than the E63 S that costs €121,891.
For those of you who want to opt for something more unique, but are also willing to pay a little more, there is the First Edition BMW M5 that features a beautiful Frozen Dark Red Metallic paint exclusively by BMW Individual. There will only be 400 examples of the First Edition, and only 50 of those are going to be delivered to the United States. With this exclusive paint job, expect an extra €19,500, which makes every M5 cost a grand total of €137,400.
Having said that, would you opt for the standard M5, the First Edition model, or would you be fine settling with a Need for Speed video game (which will cost nothing close to the actual model)?