We can’t get enough of the upcoming
BMW F90 M5. I don’t think you can blame us for being so
excited about the next-generation M5, as the car on it’s
built upon, the G30-generation 5 Series, is an exceptional one.
The chassis is brilliant and the technology is superb. Just
driving the new
BMW 540i impressed us, so we’re absolutely giddy over
the prospect of the new M5.
Some new spy photos have been given to us of the upcoming M5
driving around in Munich, along with several other cars we’ve
reported seeing today. While the camouflage sort of covers any
distinctive differences between the M5 and the standard 5
Series, we can tell that it looks more menacing. The fenders
seem flared out and the ride is significantly lower. You
can tell almost immediately that this is a BMW M5 and that’s a
good thing. Its quad exhausts also give it away.
We haven’t even driven the M5’s smaller sibling, the
BMW M550i, yet but we’re expecting the M5 to be a couple of
steps ahead of it, in terms of performance. Under the hood of
the M5 will be a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that will make
about 600 hp. That mighty engine will power all four wheels via
an M-tuned variant of the brand’s xDrive all-wheel drive
system. Routing power to the wheels will be an eight-speed
automatic gearbox, rather than the seven-speed DCT, as the
latter can’t handle the torque nor is capable of sending power
to four wheels.
If the BMW M550i, with its 456 hp, is faster than the recently
departed F10-generation BMW M5, thanks to its all-wheel drive
system and clever torque management, this new BMW M5 should be
an absolute monster. The M550i can do a sub-4 second 0-60 mph
time with only 456 hp and all-wheel drive. What will the F90
M5, with its 600 hp, same transmission and all-wheel drive be
able to do?
We don’t know but we do know that we can’t wait to find out.