BMW Debuts 2018 M5 With 600 HP and All-wheel Drive

After five successful generations, BMW has opted to change a vital part of the formula for the all-new 2018 M5. A mecca for rear-wheel drive purists, the M Division has developed an M xDrive all-wheel drive system for this latest burly Bimmer. While this might disappoint some, don’t count it out. The very same developers also made sure that a RWD-mode made the cut.

The goal with the M5 was overall refinement, but that also comes with more power. The twin-turbo V8 now makes 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Suspension has also been retuned, and M Compound brakes with blue calipers and 15.5-inch front steel rotors are standard fair. Start the car, and it defaults to M Dynamic mode with power to all four wheels, with sixty mph 3.2 seconds away. Turn off Dynamic Stability Control, and you can toggle between three options that gradually reduce the presence of front-wheel drive: 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD.

The M Division reportedly has added its M Carbon Ceramic Brakes, a Variable Damper Control system with three modes, and speed-sensitive steering to the options sheet, but there’s more to come. If you want updates, contact our BMW dealership in Wilmington, NC.

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