AWD was only a game Audi used to play, but these days all the big boys are into it. Latest to join the ‘realm of grip’ is BMW with their all new M5, the first ever AWD version of cars wearing those two iconic letters. So what’s the 2018 BMW M5 all about besides the drivetrain? Not that much really. It’s a good old German muscle flexing, accompanied by a 100 kilograms weight loss.
No downsizing for the 2018 BMW M5, it still carries a 4.4 liter V8 like the previous generation did. And like that previous generation, the new M5 pushes out 602 horsepower and 750 Nm. Well, only specials pushed out that number but that does make it somewhat disappointing. Good thing that traction now finds its way to the roads via xDrive and four slabs of rubber (275mm up front and at the back 285mm), or just 2 slabs due to a central transfer case with a multi-plate clutch.
Due to its new drivetrain, the 2018 BMW M5 leaves the previous generations far, far behind in terms of acceleration. The car can now hit a hundred in a mere 3.4 seconds and hits two-hundred in just 11.1 seconds. Still no Koenigsegg Regera with a 300 KPH in just 10 seconds, but a tiny bit quicker than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
Ceramics and a lightweight sport-exhaust are fitted standard on the €117,900 M5, but slap in a 19.5K and the brand will give you the matte red paint you see in the header. IF you’re one of the first 400 buyers.