592bhp BMW M5 super-saloon now available to lease
Lease deals are now available for the all-new BMW M5. Featuring a 4.4-litre V8 engine, TwinPower Turbo technology, 592bhp and all-wheel drive, this sixth-generation BMW M5 looks to continue its reputation as the ultimate high performance super-saloon.
The car made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, and BMW is ensuring the M5 is at the top of its game with performance statistics that surpass all previous incarnations.
Key to this heightened level of performance is the introduction of M xDrive and its adaptability, with the M xDrive bringing the front wheels into play only when the rear wheels reach their limits of adhesion.
When first started, the car is in four-wheel-drive mode with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) switched on but it comes with various driving dynamics modes, up to a track-friendly pure rear-wheel drive without DSC.
In the default setting with DSC and 4WD switched on, the new M5 is similar to the typical M rear-wheel drive dynamic characteristics when accelerating out of a corner.
If the driver switches to M Dynamic mode (MDM, 4WD Sport), the M5 becomes sharper and more agile. More torque is fed to the rear axle and the rear wheels give more wheel slippage which allows controlled drifts and playful handling, but with controlled oversteer.
The pure rear-wheel-drive 2WD mode is designed for track use by experienced drivers and is dedicated entirely to pure driving pleasure without restrictive control systems.
The new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic has extremely quick shift times and optimises change points to deliver the best performance.
Power comes from the latest 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. It delivers a maximum torque of 750Nm, accelerating the new M5 from zero to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds, making it the fastest M5 yet.
A pair of new turbochargers has also been added, working alongside revised exhaust manifolds. On top of this, new cooling and lubrication systems plus a new track specification variable oil pump have been added to the M5 which helps to offer 592bhp – 40bhp more than the outgoing model.
Needless to say, all of this is wrapped up in a very driver-focused car.
The design of the new BMW M5 is specific to M. For example, the completely redesigned front bumper with its enlarged air openings has the task of supplying the cooling systems and brakes with sufficient cooling even in race track applications. The track width is greater than the car’s predecessor, the front wings are aluminium for weight reduction and carry characteristic M-sport cooling gills.
The rear diffuser was also redesigned, while the M-specific rear apron and the M rear spoiler, coupled to purposeful sill panels, all enhance the sporty and powerful appearance of the M5. The exterior mirrors are also M-specific and designed dynamically. The hexagonal, central air intake is not only separate from the side air intakes, but also integrates the oil cooler – a beautiful combination of form and function.
The interior focuses entirely on the driver, with absolute control under all driving conditions being the maxim. At the same time, the new M5 offers space for up to four passengers, a large boot and high levels of comfort akin to those of the 5-Series saloon, combining the best of both worlds as a high-performance sports car and business vehicle.
All vehicle functions are located directly in the driver's field of vision. The large digital display from the BMW 5-Series was reconfigured specifically for M. It informs the driver about dynamic modes, the all-wheel drive M xDrive and the Drivelogic setting. The speed warning alarm is adjustable and shift lights inform the driver when it is the optimal time to change gear in manual shift mode. The data can also be reflected in the head-up display.
The M5 is now started with a red start button, marking out its sporting intentions, while two red lacquered buttons M1 and M2 next to the shift paddles on the M multifunction steering wheel control the driving settings, including xDrive and DSC, as well as engine, transmission, damper and steering characteristics, plus the head-up display.
Deliveries of the new M5 have already begun, and you can find lease deals by clicking here. If the want the same high-end looks and tech of the M5 without the associated price tag, you can find deals on the standard 5 Series here. Alternatively, check out our video review of the 530d M Sport xDrive below.