All-New, All-Wheel-Drive 2018 BMW M5: It’s Finally Here!

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F90 BMW M5

Desire, thy name is F90.

After months on months of waiting, BMW has finally unveiled the next M5 ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Following recent tradition, the new M5 shares a platform with the G30 5 Series but gets its own chassis code, F90.

F90 M5

The F90 M5 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 – M TwinPower Turbo in BMW nomenclature – producing a whopping 600 horsepower. That will be fed through a BMW-first M xDrive all-wheel-drive system designed for high performance and prodigious grip.

The move to all-wheel-drive has been generally regarded as a necessary evil at best, controversial at worst. To many BMW fans, the M5, the prototype for sport sedans, should always be rear wheel drive.

But F90 M5 owners won’t have to choose, they’re getting the best of both worlds. BMW wanted to make M xDrive the “most emotionally engaging all-wheel-drive system” available. If that means driving around with the front axle completely disengaged to you, that’s an optional setting.

F90 BMW M5

Naturally, there are concerns about additional weight, but the new M5 is actually lighter than the outgoing model.  At 4,089 pounds, its almost 200 pounds lighter than the F10 M5.

More power, more grip, and less weight translate to seriously impressive performance figures. Zero to sixty happens in just 3.4 seconds, with an unrestricted top speed of 189 miles per hour. Just remember to check the M Driver’s Package box if you plan on going that fast.

F90 BMW M5

BMW starts taking orders next month for the M5 First Edition. This features Frozen Red matte-finish paint, blacked-out exterior trim, 20″ wheels (lighter than the standard units), piano black interior trim, and a numbered dash plaque.

Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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