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Five reasons why the 2018 BMW M5 will be incredible

The BMW M5 has been around for long enough – 34 years by the time this new model hits showrooms – that people have come to expect more power and better handling as each new generation is born. And that’s certainly the case with the six-generation 2018 BMW M5. Here’s five reasons it’s poised to be the best BMW M5 the motoring world has ever seen.

1. M xDrive
For the first time in its 34 year history the BMW M5 will come standard with AWD technology. While purists will be cringing at the thought of an AWD M5, BMW says the new M xDrive drivetrain system will offer “superior driving dynamics and traction”, and will offer “the hallmark M agility and precision provided by standard rear-wheel drive with the traction-enhancing benefits of all-wheel drive”. Expect brutal acceleration thanks to its AWD system with handling dynamics that make it feel more like a traditional 2WD sports sedan. BMW has no choice but to offer this if wants the M5 to keep up with the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S – which also offers AWD.

2. Driver modes
Five driver configurations will span an extremely broad dynamic spectrum. With the DSC control system deactivated, three M xDrive modes enable drivers to create an individual set-up, including full rear-wheel drive. The combination of M xDrive and the likewise new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic in the new BMW M5 will give drivers easy access to car’s exceptional performance capabilities, not just on the race track but in everyday use as well. This comes after BMW announced it would be dropping dual-clutch transmissions from its vehicles and returning to a more conventional hydraulic automatic unit.

3. 450kW
The 4.4-litre V8 engine with TwinPower Turbo technology in the latest M5 will feature more power and torque than any M5 before it. While performance figures are yet to be confirmed, it’s expected the M5 will produce more than 450kW of power and 700Nm of torque and sprint to 0-100km/h in under 3.5-seconds. The M5 has no choice but to reach for these performance numbers as the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S punches out 450kW and 800Nm and can sprint from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.4-seconds. Nothing like a bit of German competition to get things cooking…

4.Wolf in sheep’s clothing
There will be nothing more exciting than turning up to a track day in a 2018 BMW M5 (because let’s face it, using an M5 to its full potential on the road just won’t be possible) with the ability to accelerate off the line like a genuine supercar, yet still power slide through the corners like a true M car should thanks to its variable M xDrive system. Then when you’re done, drive home in absolute 5 Series comfort. While it’s not the traditional M car approach, the AWD system will make the 2018 M5 a much more savage ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’.

5. Efficiency
This is impressive. The new BMW M5’s 4.4-litre V8 with TwinPower Turbo technology has a combined fuel consumption figure of 10.5L/100km with CO2 emissions for combined driving registering 241g/km. As stated above, with more than 450kW and 700Nm expected those fuel and CO2 figures for the performance and presence on offer are very impressive indeed. The ultimate sports family sedan? Mercedes-Benz certainly won’t think so.

Would you buy the 2018 BMW M5 or the 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S? Leave a comment below.

Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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