Photographers have caught the 2018 BMW M5 testing and there’s a lot to be excited about even if you’re not a high-performance sedan enthusiast. Here’s everything we know about the 2018 BMW M5 so far.
0-60 MPH time will be quicker than 4 Seconds
Currently at the top of the 5 Series range is the M550i xDrive, being touted as the fastest 5 Series to date. BMW says the M550i xDrive goes 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds, besting the current M5’s time of 4.4 seconds. Naturally, the new BMW M5 will have to be faster than the M550i xDrive, and we’re going to take a safe guess that it will be quite a bit quicker since the M550i xDrive has “only 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, and likely faster than the M760i, which hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0–100 km/h in 3.7) or the Alpina B5 that hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.5.
Don’t expect a Manual Transmission
Like other performance cars, the next-generation BMW M5 likely won’t be offered with a manual transmission. BMW already stopped taking manual transmission orders on the current M5 last year and said at the time that demand had dropped to zero on the M6. The manual transmission was developed specifically for the U.S. market and it wasn’t cheap to do so. It’s highly unlikely BMW will do it again, especially since sales prove it’s not worth the time or effort.
600 Horsepower from a Twin-Turbo V8
Autocar reports the next-gen BMW M5 will use a reworked version of the outgoing twin-turbo V8 engine, producing around 600 hp while mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That puts it in line with the competing Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Changes to the intercooler and new twin-scroll turbochargers contribute to the boost in performance, while the eight-speed auto will replace the seven-speed dual clutch automatic currently used.
The BMW M5 has always been rear-wheel drive, but that will change with the 2018 model, with the first ever all-wheel-drive variant. We are certain that the M Dynamic Mode will decouple the front differential so drivers can send all 600 or so horses to the rear wheels, and have a bit of fun.
We will likely see the 2018 BMW M5 debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this September. While that might feel far away, you can expect to see plenty more spy photos and leaks leading up to the sedan’s debut.
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