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BMW unveils the new, plug-in V8 M5

With 40 years of history under its belt, the legendary high-performance sedan is entering its seventh model generation. Thorough the combination of a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor, plus power transfer from of an eight-speed transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive, enables acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds.

The executive model from BMW M now has an electrified drive system for the first time. A model-specific version of the M hybrid system gives the new M5 a combined consumption figured of 1,7L/100 km and 25,5kWh/100 km according to WLTP; CO2 emissions, weighted, combined: 39 – 37 g/km according to WLTP; fuel consumption with discharged battery: 10,3 – 10,2L/100 km according to WLTP, with a maximum output of 535 kW and peak system torque of 1,000 Nm.

With prominent wheel arch and side skirt extensions, the sculptural front apron and surfacing around the C-pillar – including an embossed “M5” logo for the Hofmeister kink – give the car a more athletic appearance that helps to differentiate it more clearly from the “normal” BMW 5 Series Sedan. BMW highlights that “an unusually high proportion of surfaces painted in body colour create a puristic appearance with stylish references to its superior dynamic talents”.

The drive system consists of a 4.4-litre V8 engine together with an electric motor, integrated into an eight-speed steptronic transmission. The engine develops a maximum output of 430 kW and peak torque of 750 Nm, while the maximum output of the electric motor is 145 kW. It has nominal torque of 280 Nm, but a pre-gearing stage allows effective torque at the transmission input to be increased to 450 Nm.

In all-electric operating mode, the new BMW M5 can hit speeds of up to 140 km/h. The high-voltage battery located low in the car’s underbody has 18.6 kWh of usable energy, enabling an electric range of 69 kilometres in the WLTP cycle, and the Combined Charging Unit allows AC charging at up to 7.4 kW.

The power generated by the combustion engine and electric motor is put to the ground via the xDrive AWD system, whose rear-biased setup is particularly pronounced in 4WD Sport mode, although a 2WD mode is also available. It will send drive exclusively to the rear wheels with the Dynamic Stability Control system switched off. This further developed iteration of M xDrive – like the electronically controlled Active M Differential at the rear axle – is tailored specially to the performance characteristics of the M hybrid drive system.

The chassis comprises of a double-wishbone front and a multilink rear axles, and an electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering with variable steering ratio and a rigid connection to the front axle subframe to ensure increased feedback from the road. In addition to the wide tracks and the high torsional rigidity of the body, the adaptive M suspension uses electronically controlled dampers and rear wheel steering to shorten the turning circle while also ensuring high speed stability.

There are options of both the standard M Compound brakes and optional M Carbon ceramic brakes , and the M alloy wheels (20-inch at the front axle, 21-inch at the rear) come as standard and are fitted with high-performance tyres.

Safety is covered through the use of front collision warning, lane departure warning including lane return, driver attentiveness monitoring and the speed limit info system. The optional Driving Assistant Professional adds adaptive cruise control  together with the Steering and Lane Control Assistant, traffic light detection, automatic speed limit assist and active navigation.

The new BMW M5 is equipped as standard with the Parking Assistant including Reversing Assistant. Meanwhile, the optional Parking Assistant Professional allows automated parking and manoeuvring over a distance of up to 200 metres to be controlled from inside the car or by smartphone from outside the car.

The centre console control panel provides direct access to the configuration of the drive system, and driving settings, and two vehicle setups can be stored and selected using the M buttons on the steering wheel. 

Speaking of the wheel, it brings a new design with a flat bottom and illuminated M buttons. The multifunction seats bring a wide range of electric adjustment and the BMW Curved Display now runs a new version of the BMW iDrive software.

It is based on BMW Operating System 8.5 and is designed squarely for use via touch control and natural speech. The digital tech now also covers the controls for the climate control functions. All temperature settings can now be controlled by touch via a menu item in the lower section of the control display or by voice command.

Among the items on the options list are the M Carbon exterior package, an Alcantara headliner, steering wheel heating, active seat ventilation and a trailer tow hitch. Model-specific BMW M Performance Parts will also be offered for the new BMW M5 from launch. The selection includes M Performance forged light-alloy wheels and exterior components made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The world premiere of the new BMW M5 will take place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in July 2024, with production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing beginning the same month. The worldwide market launch of the new BMW M5 will start in November 2024 and be accompanied by the introduction of the new BMW M5 Touring at the same time.

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