2018 BMW M5 Release Date, Price and Specs – Roadshow

The BMW M5 has always stood for performance. BMW’s super sedan has been kicking around in various forms since 1984, and despite how many people focus on the brand’s past, the all-new 2018 M5 isn’t afraid to go charging into the future.

The most important part of the M5 has always been its engine. This time around, it’s still rocking a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. That said, output is now up to a delightful 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, bumps of 40 and 53 (respectively) over the previous generation. In conjunction with its standard eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, the M5 will hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds.

Just because it has four driven wheels doesn’t mean they’re always in use. BMW’s new version of its xDrive all-wheel drive system features a rear bias, leaving the front wheels to pick up the slack only if the rear tires can’t handle any more. A special 2WD mode sends power solely to the rear wheels, for all the smoky drifts you can handle.

M-specific compound brakes are standard, but buyers can opt for carbon ceramic units if they want to track the car regularly. Carbon ceramic brakes take longer to heat up, but they can handle the rigors of track driving for far longer than ordinary steel brakes.