The all-new BMW M5 CS, will storm roads and race circuits from the middle of this year.
The new super sedan from BMW M sets new standards with its standout driving attributes while also showcasing an exclusive and luxurious appearance.
The 4.4-litre M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine of the M5 CS produces 467kW, an increase of 7kW over that of the BMW M5 Competition. This makes the BMW M5 CS the most powerful car in the history of BMW M.
In addition to its immense output, the M5 CS achieves a superior balance between everyday usability, driving pleasure and high-level track performance.
This is thanks to a rigorous commitment to lightweight design with a reduction of 70kg over the BMW M5 Competition, as well as bespoke chassis tuning and a recalibrated M xDrive system with its centralised and intelligent control approach for the Active M Differential.
Four people can enjoy the superlative driving experience served up by the BMW M5 CS; two in the multi-adjustable, weight-saving M Carbon seats in the front and two snugly comfortable in the individual rear seats.
The fine-grain Merino leather covers for the front seats and their Merino leather counterparts on the exclusive individual seats in the rear come in black with contrasting panels and decorative stitching in Mugello Red.
The outline of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit is displayed on the head restraints. On the front seats, the restraints also have illuminated M5 logos.
The BMW M5 CS cuts an unmistakable figure with exclusive interpretations of BMW icons. These include the BMW kidney grille surround in Gold Bronze and the L-shaped light tubes of the BMW Laser headlights.
The special-edition BMW M5 CS stands apart with exclusive accents in Gold Bronze and body elements in carbon fibre.
The distinctive Gold Bronze finish is applied to the kidney grille surround, the 20-inch M forged wheels, the “M5 CS” badges on the grille, the M gills on the front wings and the boot lid.
The door sill finishers feature illuminated “M5 CS” badges, while the bonnet is made entirely from carbon fibre and features air vents with applications in exposed carbon fibre.
The splitter on the front apron, exterior mirror caps, additional rear spoiler on the boot lid and the rear diffuser are also fashioned from carbon fibre.
These parts, in addition to their aerodynamic function, also help to achieve the 70-kilogram weight reduction over the BMW M5 Competition.
The M5 CS sports exhaust system’s quartet of stainless-steel tailpipes have an even more focused appearance than those of the BMW M5 Competition.
The L-shaped light tubes of the standard BMW Laserlight – searing in narrow streaks towards the kidney grille – explore variations of illumination.
When activated as daytime driving lights and side lights against the dark background of the BMW Individual Shadowline trim, they shine in the familiar white. However, when low or high beam is activated, they switch to a distinctive yellow tone, which BMW M5 CS drivers can also sample from the outside when they unlock the car remotely and trigger the Welcome Light.
This use of yellow in the light tubes evokes endurance GT race cars in dramatic fashion and further sets the M5 CS apart on the road.
In addition to M Brands Hatch Grey metallic, the special-edition model can also be ordered with the exclusive BMW Individual matte paint finishes Frozen Brands Hatch Grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.
Unique details add to the sense of sporting intent and exclusivity of the BMW M5 CS cabin.
The rim of the M Alcantara steering wheel is wrapped in the race-derived material from which it takes its name, while its centre marker perforation with red background represents another classical race car touch.
The gearshift paddles are made from carbon fibre and the steering wheel spokes have Black Chrome trim.
Alcantara is also used for the headliner and provides a premium look and feel.
A fixed cover, which sits atop the centre console where an armrest with opening lid are usually found, brings about a significant weight reduction. It integrates red double stitching to add to the cabin’s luxurious ambience.
The colour red is also used for the “CS” badging on the instrument panel and between the bucket-style seats in the rear.
The M seat belts feature red and blue contrast stitching in another nod to the famous BMW M colours. These hues also feature in an “M5” badge on the velour M floor mats with bespoke piping and in the illuminated “M5 CS” badge on the door sill finishers.
Further refinement of the chassis, a substantial reduction in weight and special track tyres help the BMW M5 CS to deliver supreme levels of agility and an incomparable driving experience.
The M xDrive system allows the car’s handling characteristics to be modified in stages from variable all-wheel-drive mode (4WD) with its rear-biased baseline setup through to a pure rear-wheel-drive setting (2WD) without intervention
from the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). Handling agility becomes even sharper in 4WD Sport mode when the system directs a greater proportion of engine torque to the rear wheels.
The special-edition model can treat accomplished drivers to unbeatable handling dynamics and unadulterated driving pleasure without compromising the high-performance sedan’s everyday usability.
The BMW M5 CS builds on the chassis of the BMW M5 Competition – already a stiffer version of the standard BMW M5’s following judicious modifications to the springs, suspension and anti-roll bars – and features a seven-millimetre drop in ride height plus shock absorbers developed for the BMW M8 Gran Coupé.
As well as bringing added comfort to the driving experience, particularly on high-speed highway journeys, these dampers reduce fluctuation in wheel loads, greatly improving on-the-limit handling.
The result is even more precise responses under hard driving on the track, while the car’s intuitive driveability in everyday use is preserved. The BMW M specialists have retuned the bearing springs at the front and rear axle of the BMW M5 CS and refined damper control.
These measures take account of the lower vehicle weight and the tyres’ increased performance potential and are designed to optimise the car’s dynamics.
The BMW M5 CS comes as standard with high performance tyres but can be fitted at no cost with mixed-size Pirelli P Zero Corsa track tyres measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 285/35 R 20 at the rear.
Both tyre choices are fitted to 20-inch M forged wheels in Y-spoke design (front: 9.5 J x 20, rear: 10.5 J x 20) with a Gold Bronze finish.
The M Carbon ceramic brakes for the BMW M5 CS – which are fitted as standard – deliver outstanding stopping power.
The six-piston fixed calliper units at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear sport the M logo and are painted in red as standard, with a gold finish available as an option at no cost.
The M Carbon ceramic brakes are 23 kilograms lighter than the M Compound brakes on the BMW M5 Competition and are distinguished by a further reduction in unsprung and rotating masses, the benefits of which include enhanced driving dynamics and suspension comfort.
These brakes offer even better performance, further improved fade resistance and higher thermal stability.
The eight-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo of the M5 CS has a high-revving profile derived from motor sport and serves up imposing muscularity, supreme power delivery and outstanding performance figures.
Equipped with the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, the BMW M5 CS surges from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds, making it 0.3 seconds faster than the BMW M5 Competition and placing it firmly in super car territory.
The special-edition model needs just 10.4 seconds to reach 200 km/h from rest – 0.4 seconds less than the BMW M5 Competition, while top speed is an electronically governed 305 km/h.
The sports exhaust system of the M5 CS delivers an emotionally stirring M-specific soundtrack that accentuates the engine’s linear power development and appetite for revs.
The dual-branch, flap-controlled system has been designed to amplify the engine note and offer sportier and clearer feedback while ensuring it remains suitable for everyday conditions.
The BMW M5 CS exhaust system produces a far stronger exterior sound that covers a broader range and has a more stirring character.
It adjusts depending on which of the various modes affecting engine characteristics is selected and takes on a particularly powerful tone in SPORT+.
The M Sound Control button can be used by the driver at any time to soften the car’s acoustic presence and summon a more understated note when required.
Availability in New Zealand
The M5 CS is priced on request in New Zealand. Please contact your nearest BMW dealer to find out more.