2018 BMW M5 is a 600HP AWD monster

The 2018 BMW M5 is now available in India and is better than ever. What has changed in this supercar-slayer and does it help the car make a compelling purchase proposition for itself?

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A few automakers used Auto Expo 2018 as a launchpad for new products. One of these automakers is BMW and it used the event to launch the legendary sports sedan, the M5, in India. This car comes to India bearing a price tag of Rs 1.43 crore (ex-showroom). Based on the seventh generation 5-series, the M5 is touted as a car having supercar power and handling in a luxury sedan’s guise. Its chief rivals in India include the Audi RS6 Avant and the RS7 Sportback.

Specifications 2018 BMW M5
Price Rs 1.43 crore (ex-showroom)
Engine DOHC 32-valve twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol
Power 600HP
Torque 750Nm
Transmission 8-speed M Steptronic torque converter automatic
Front Suspension Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension Multi-Link
Front Brake Disc brakes (unknown diameter) with six-piston calipers and brake energy regeneration
Rear Brake Disc brakes (unknown diameter) single piston caliper and brake energy regeneration
Length 4,966mm
Width 2,126mm
Height 1,473mm
Wheelbase 2,982mm
Mileage N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity N/A

What’s new about the 2018 BMW M5?

The 2018 BMW M5 is based on the seventh-generation 5 series saloon (development code – G30). It sports the F90 development code and sports the same engine as the outgoing M5 (development code – F10), the S63 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. This engine is a 32-valve unit that displaces 4.395cc and makes 600Hp power and 750Nm torque. This is a healthy increase of 47HP and 70Nm torque over the outgoing car whose engine made 553HP power and 680Nm torque. The 2018 M5 does away with its predecessor’s 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox in the favour of an oil-cooled 8-speed M Steptronic torque converter transmission with paddle shifters. The transmission sends the engine’s output to all four wheels through the M xDrive system that offers three modes – 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD.

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The 2018 BMW M5 weighs 1855kg without fluids and passengers onboard. This car can go from 0-100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds and the sports sedan can hit a top speed of 250 kmph. Owners can opt for the optional M Driver’s package to increase the top speed to 305 kmph. To help the car haul ass around corners, BMW has given it a double wishbone suspension up front and a multi-link suspension at the back. The suspension has Variable Damper Control system (VDC) with M-specific tuning and offers three suspension modes to users – Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. The 2018 M5 uses M-compound ventilated brakes on both ends with six-piston fixed calipers doing duties up front and single-piston floating caliper units handling duties at the rear.

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The 2018 BMW M5 measures 4,966mm in length, 2,126mm in width, and 1,473mm in height. The car’s wheelbase spans 2,982mm. The car comes with 19-inch alloy wheels shod with 275mm wide front tires and 285mm rear tyres. The electronic aids on the 2018 BMW M5 include Dynamic Stability Control (switchable ABS, ASC and M Dynamic Mode including off), Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Dry Braking function, and Auto Start-Stop. The DSC is linked with the M xDrive all-wheel drive and the car also has Active M Differential.

Is the 2018 BMW M5 worth consideration?

The 2018 M5 sports a Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic roof that helps it save weight. The car allows users to store their preference of engine, transmission, suspension and M xDrive modes, DSC mode, and HUD settings in two buttons on the steering wheels labelled M1 and M2. The 2018 M5’s drivetrain has been developed on the Nurburgring Nordschleife racetrack, a proof of this car’s limits and capabilities.

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BMW offers a few extras (for a price, of course) to buyers of the M5. These include the M carbon ceramic brakes that help shave 23 kilos off the car’s weight. BMW has fitted this car’s exhaust system with a flap control system. A driver can use a button to adjust this car’s exhaust soundtrack. The M xDrive on the 2018 BMW M5 can either power all four wheels or send all the power exclusively to its rear wheels. In combination with the Active M-Differential, the car enables its driver to have some sideways fun.

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Owners can (for a premium) opt for the BMW M5 First Edition, a car of which only 400 units have been made for sale worldwide. This car comes in a special Frozen Dark Red Metallic paint scheme with grille, gills and tailpipes in high-gloss black finish. The 20-inch 7 twin-spoke wheels are also standard on the M5 First Edition. Inside, the limited-edition M5 gets illuminated M door sills, Piano black trim on the dashboard, Merino leather upholstery, and a special signet on the centre console in Piano Black signifying this car’s exclusivity.

In short, those who have the money should just buy it.

2018 BMW M5 India Launch – Synopsis

  • Priced at Rs 1.43 crore (ex-showroom Delhi)
  • Uses updated version of F10 M5’s twin-turbo V8 with 600HP power and 750Nm torque
  • Ditches 7-speed DCT in favour of 8-speed torque converter automatic
  • Drivetrain tuned on Nurburgring Nordschleife (the Green Hell)
  • M xDrive can send power engine power to all four wheels or just the rear wheels
  • Goes from 0-100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds
  • Top speed limited to 250 kmph (can be raised to 305 kmph with optional M Driver’s package)
  • Sports fully-locking Active M Differential
  • CFRP roof helps save weight, as do the optional M carbon ceramic disc brakes
  • Adjustable dampers with three modes – Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus
  • Also on offer is the limited edition M5 First Edition, limited to 400 units

Specs courtesy BMW India and Car and Driver (for suspension details)

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