The F90 BMW M5 has officially landed in South Africa and we're driving it this week. In the meantime, here are the specifications and pricing for this German four-door 'bahnstormer.
The sixth-generation BMW M5 goes on sale this week and while our tame racing driver Ashley Oldfield gets to grips with the Bavarian newcomer, here are some key details you need to know about this new vehicle. It's a new chapter for the BMW M5 as it's being offered with a newly-developed M xDrive (all-wheel drive). Interestingly, BMW says you can deactivate the front axle and send all the power to the rear wheels, making for spectacular burnouts or drifts as you can see in the photos. The primary advantage of all-wheel drive, however, is traction and with power going to all four wheels, ballistic acceleration is possible.
In terms of acceleration, the new BMW M5 is claimed to hit 100 kph from standstill in just 3.4 seconds, making it fearsomely fast. What's even more impressive is the fact that in 11 seconds, it'll be at 200 kph. Top speed is limited to 250 kph, but if you select an option, the limiter can be moved to 305 kph. The engine doing all the work is a revised example of the 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo motor, however, in the latest application, it produces 441 kW and 750 Nm. The transmission is new and is an 8-speed M Steptronic unit with Drivelogic. Despite its ballistic performance, BMW says its new M5 will consume an average of 10.5 L/100 km.
Thanks to tech such as a lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof and a weight-minimised exhaust system, the new BMW is lighter than the outgoing model. You'll be able to spot the new BMW M5 thanks to its big bumpers which are functional as they funnel cold air into the engine, transmission and brakes, and take hot air out. Blue painted 6-piston brakes are on duty for big stopping power, but for real high-performance anchors, then best you look to the M carbon ceramic brakes which are lighter than the standard units and will provide the serious braking force.
In terms of cabin features, the BMW M5 is generously specced and comes standard with M seats for the front two people. Leather upholstery is standard too. Being a BMW, you can go to town on the options and customise your M5 to your heart's delight. There are some matte paint finishes, for example.
We look forward to putting the newcomer through its paces soon! Check back for an in-depth driving impression in the coming days.
BMW M5 Price in South Africa
BMW M5 R1 762 806 (includes 15% VAT and CO2 tax).
The exclusively equipped First Edition costs R2,008,700 (includes 15% VAT and CO2 tax). There are five in South Africa and all have been sold.