BMW Malaysia today introduced the BMW M5 high-performance sedan at the country’s one and only Formula 1 circuit. The New BMW M5 is offered with the M xDrive all-wheel drive system, for the firt time. The price of this impressive machine is RM 942,759.86, without insurance.
In looks, the high-performance sedan takes up the new-generation 5 Series’ motif but with plenty of its own unique elements. Highlights include the newly developed front bumper trim with larger air intakes,a hexagonal central air intake, an aluminium hood, a carbon-fiber, lightweight roof, a redesigned rear diffuser, unique side skirts, M rear apron and M spoiler. Additionally, the exterior mirrors have a dynamic, M specific design. Standard offering in terms of wheel option for the BMW M5 are 20-inch M Double-Spoke style 706M light alloy wheels.
Interior-wise, the 2018 BMW M5 sets the benchmark for interiors in the executive sedan segment. This includes innovative infotainment concept as well as outstanding functionality with features such as BMW Navigation Professional 10.25-inch with Touch Display capability, BMW Head-Up Display with M-Specific Content as well as the full suite of BMW Driver Assistance systems as part of the BMW ConnectedDrive features.
All switches and buttons can be operated with optimum ergonomic convenience, and all of the New BMW M5’s functions are sited directly in the driver line of sight. The large digital instrument cluster has an M-specific design and keeps the driver informed on the driving dynamic mode, M xDrive all-wheel-drive system’s setting and Drivelogic option currently engaged. For more aggressive drivers, the variable rpm pre-warning field and shift lights that show the best time to change gears when in manual shift mode, which can be reflected into the M-specific Head-Up Display. Other major cabin highlights are the new M multifunction bucket seats trimmed with Merino leather, illuminated M designations embossed on the headrests, and seat and upholstery in two-tone combination of Aragon/Black and all- black, matched with interior trim finishers in Aluminium Carbon structure with dark-chrome highlight.
2018 BMW M5: Sublime drive power and supreme shift comfort
The 4.4-liter V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo, paired to an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, churns an impressive output of 600 hp at 5,600 – 6,700 rpm, while the tremendous peak torque of 750 Nm is on tap from just 1,800 rpm, that’s 70Nm more than the previous M5. Zero to hundred sprint takes just 3.4secs. The engine characteristics can be changed with the push of a button from the default Efficient setting to either Sport or Sport Plus, resulting in an even more willing response to movements on the accelerator. Furthermore, the twin-turbo V8’s power is channelled to the road via the newly developed M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
For those on the more ambitious spectrum, they can configure the M xDrive at any time to suit their needs. The driver can choose from five different configurations based on combinations of the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD).
As a performance-oriented machine, the BMW M5 gets sturdy front and rear structures. All drive modes work with the Variable Damper Control (VDC) system. The two M1 and M2 buttons on the steering is used to store two set-ups combining the driver’s preference of engine, transmission, suspension and M xDrive modes, the DSC mode and Head-Up-Display settings.
BMW M5: Stopping power
The 2018 BMW M5 is fitted standard with M compound brakes, which are lighter than the conventional grey cast iron offering and therefore also reduces the car’s weight. With blue-painted six-piston fixed callipers at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear, plus perforated, inner-vented brake discs all around, the M compound brakes have the speed shedding power to befit the car’s dynamic potency.
As an alternative option, BMW Malaysia offers a step up with the M Carbon Ceramic Brakes, which are identifiable by callipers painted in gold. The M Carbon Ceramic Brakes shave another 23 kilograms off the BMW M5’s weight, provide even better deceleration and are considerably more resistant to fading.
2018 BMW M5: Additional equipment for added luxury
BMW Malaysia also offers step-up options to the standard offerings on the New BMW M5 in the form of the Performance Pack, Advance Safety Pack and Entertainment Pack.
The new BMW M5 comes with 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Program, 2-Year / 24 Month Tyre Warranty Program for its Run-flat and Roadside Assistance.
Three exciting hues are reserved for the new BMW M5 including Marina Bay Blue metallic, Donington Grey metallic and Singapore Grey metallic. The new BMW M5 will be available at all authorized BMW dealerships nationwide from 1 June.