2018 BMW M5 with AWD and automatic - The next-generation BMW M5 will supposedly be specifically readily available with an eight-speed automatic paired to an innovative four-wheel drive setup.
Sources have actually informed Autocar that the brand-new M5 will utilize the existing 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, although enhancements will see power increase to around 440kW.
2018 BMW M5 with AWD and automatic
At present the engine produces 412kW/680Nm in basic trim, and 423kW/680Nm for the Competitors Bundle designs.
Possibly most controversially, the M5 will desert its rear-wheel drive heritage for a brand-new rear-biased four-wheel drive system. Depending upon the drive mode and circumstance, the automobile can owning its rear wheels solely.
Enhanced traction will supposedly see the M5's 0-100km/ h time drop from 4.3 seconds to around 3.5 s.
If right, these numbers will make the M5 more than competitive with the current Mercedes-AMG E63, which in S guise has a 450kW/850Nm 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, and a 0-100km/ h time of 3.4 seconds.
The existing M5's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the North America-only six-speed handbook will be junked in favour of an eight-speed torque converter automatic by ZF.
The brand-new M5 is stated to weigh about the like the outbound design regardless of the bigger body and the adoption of four-wheel drive. Part of this can be credited to the 5 Series' lighter, however stiffer, body structure, however the M5 will likewise include a carbon-fibre roofing system and boot cover, in addition to more aluminium elements.
Back in August 2016, CAD/CAM makings of the M5's more strongly styled front and rear fascias were dripped online. The brand-new M5 will include larger front fenders with heat extraction vents.
It's stated that the brand-new M5 will make its launching at September's Frankfurt motor program. That implies the brand-new M5 will not filter through into Australian display rooms till 2018.