More and more spy shots and little snippets have come out to show that the 2018 model of the BMW M5 is on the way. What’s more, this model brings a major splash to make up for its absence in 2017. Here are three key reasons you should keep track of the upcoming M5 and test drive it once it’s on our lot.
Rear-Wheel Drive Potential
Senior BMW officials recently confirmed that the 2018 M5 is all-wheel-drive, as all past M5 models have been, and that it uses a fully adaptable system. Specifically, this means that the M5 is able to deliver 100 percent of the transmission power into the rear wheels, allowing the M5 to switch from a pure speed-focused rear-wheel-drive setting into the subtle mix of frontal grip needed for turns, curves, or just everyday city driving.
This all-wheel-drive system wouldn’t mean much if it wasn’t paired with an engine with enough power. Fortunately, the 2018 BMW M5 will have a twin-turbo V8 engine standard, which generates 600 horsepower at the least. If past models with this engine are anything to go by, the M5 will put out some killer stats, such as a 0-62 mph time under four seconds.
Eye-Catching New Design
Spy shots are notoriously hard to judge because each model is kept in a figure-hiding camouflage, but details do occasionally bubble up from the right shot. The new M5 is definitely getting a facelift, and it seems to be the start of a new generation and not just a redesign.
In the rear, the taillights are brighter, perhaps from new OLED bulbs seen in the current BMW M4. The two symmetrical grille slots are slightly farther apart, and the headlights are a bit softer and more organic, helping the model look broader from the front. The same characteristically downturned front fascia is still visible.
Old and New Features
Several spy shot articles remarked that the BMW M5 had huge brakes, but it was later confirmed that these are the same brakes seen on past models. What is new this time around is a slightly lower suspension that matches the visual adjustments. BMW officials also confirmed that there would be no manual in any versions of the 2018 M5, stating that dual-clutch automatic shifter is overall better for both fuel economy and shift speed.
With the new adaptive all-wheel-drive system that enters full rear-wheel-drive precisely when it’s needed, the lower ride height, and a reliance on dual-clutch transmissions and more horsepower, it’s clear that 2018 will be a real shake-up for BMW’s classic full-size all-wheel-drive sports car.
It seems drivers who love the classy and detail-oriented feel of the BMW but want the best in sporty performance find everything they need in this upcoming BMW M5. Of course, it will be a while before the model hits our lot and anyone can do a test drive. For now, contact us anytime if you have questions or interest in current BMW models.
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