2018 BMW M5: AWD and automatic only; has RWD mode and can drift

The new 2018 BMW M5 is less pure than before with no manual option, and AWD as standard, but it can go into RWD mode and is capable of drifting like a pro.


The new BMW M5 is powered by an updated 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 with 447kW (600hp), and 750Nm (553 lb-ft) from 1,800rpm to 5,600rpm.

An 8-speed automatic and M xDrive AWD system is standard. The M xDrive system only transfers torque to the front wheels when the rear begins to slip, and can be switched to rear wheel drive mode for track work.

Its 0-100km/h time is 3.4s, 0-200km/h in 11.1s, and its top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph).

The new M5 has 20-inch wheels with 275/435 tires at the front and 285/30 tires at the rear. The hood is aluminum, and the roof is made from carbonfiber reinforced plastic.




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