BMW Group Australia is proud to unleash the sixth-generation BMW M5, available in Australian showrooms from the second quarter of 2018. BMW’s local arm has taken the opportunity to create a Launch Edition variant, limited to 50 units and priced at an exceptional $199,900*.

“Never before has BMW M brought such an advanced car to market,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “Its combination of awesome power and torque, switchable four-wheel drive system, innovative technologies and the ability to carry five passengers in comfort is truly unique. To bring this incredible package to market at such a strong price point is further proof of our standing among BMW’s M Division globally,” he said.

BMW M5 Launch Edition pricing: $199,900*

Heart of the matter: The new 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine

The new BMW M5 is powered by a further developed version of the M Division’s 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Designated S63B44T4, its actual displacement is 4395cc and it employs the latest M TwinPower turbocharger technology. Newly developed turbochargers combine with increased maximum injection pressure of 350 bar and a 10.0:1 compression ratio to generate 441kW from 5,600-6,700rpm, up from the 423kW figure recorded by the previous-generation M5 when fitted with the Competition Package.

Torque swells to a 750Nm peak, generated from only 1,800rpm all the way to 5,600rpm, ensuring smooth response and transition from maximum torque output to maximum power. As a result, the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint is achieved in only 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 305km/h when the M Driver’s Package is specified.

Specific cooling and lubrication systems have been employed to ensure the new BMW M5 can perform at its peak, even during sustained circuit use. The oil pump, for example, adopts a fully variable pump that is controlled by a specific electronic map to maintain peak lubrication in all conditions.

A lightened exhaust system has been specifically designed to further enhance gas flow, improving turbocharger spool times for increased throttle response, while the resonant exhaust note is amplified through the Australian-market standard switchable M Sport Exhaust system.

This powerhouse also offers impressive efficiency, with NEDC fuel consumption figures showing 10.5L/100km on the combined cycle, with 241g/km of CO2. (Note: Australian data will be confirmed closer to the launch date).

Switchable all-wheel drive power transmission for maximum control

For the first time ever on a BMW M passenger vehicle, the new BMW M5 incorporates M xDrive all-wheel drive. This highly adaptable system works in conjunction with the legendary Active M locking rear differential to provide optimum traction in all conditions. Three driving modes are available, selectable via the iDrive6 infotainment system. The default ‘4WD’ mode offers a static rear bias, but can distribute drive forward or across the rear axle as required.

Opting for ‘4WD Sport’ brings a further rear-ward bias. This further sharpens front axle response while generating a rear-biased feel on corner exit – with greater traction capability. For purists, the M xDrive system is also capable of decoupling the front axle, allowing the entire engine output to be controlled via the rear Active M Differential. BMW M engineers have ensured that in this mode the vehicle is faster than the predecessor model in terms of lap time.

Also debuting in a BMW M5 is the eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission. This torque converter-equipped gearbox offers full manual control via steering wheel paddles, while offering similar shift speed and superior low-speed response to the previous M5’s dual-clutch transmission. Alternatively, the stunning new ‘floor-shift’ is exclusive to the M5.

The new gearbox offers Drivelogic, which enables the driver to set a pre-determined shift speed, ranging from smooth and unobtrusive to race-car like in response. These systems are integrated into the car’s electronic brain and work with the stability and traction control systems to deliver a superb blend of performance, response, safety and agility.

Familiar to BMW M, the new BMW M5 can be driven with its full suite of safety systems engaged as the default setting. Those seeking a more dynamic experience can opt for the M Dynamic Mode (default for 4WD Sport), which allows immaculately controlled power oversteer and a greater margin for driver involvement, while retaining a safety net.

Finally, the option to completely disable the stability control is offered in each xDrive mode.

Further performance-focused technology

Using BMW’s latest CLAR lightweight architecture, the BMW M Division was delivered a stiff, safe platform from which to develop the M5. For the first time, the BMW M5 sports a CFRP roof, saving 1.5kg over an aluminium equivalent and lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity.

The double-wishbone front suspension is based on that of the renowned G30 BMW 5 Series, specially adapted to suit the M Division’s demands, including increased front track width for greater stability. Increased rigidity and front-end response is further achieved by aluminium supports located between strut tower and bulkhead.

At the rear, the five-link arrangement has been modified and strengthened, with stiffer mounts, anti-roll bar and lower wishbones. Bespoke elastometer bearings are used on the rear axle mounts, ensuring no delay in the transfer of dynamic forces to the chassis. A steel rear cross-brace and additional aluminium transverse strut further enhance response.

The latest-generation M Dynamic Damper Control offers three adjustable settings (Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus), as does the M Servotronic steering with its electro-mechanical operation. All-up, the new BMW M5’s kerb weight is 1,855kg – 15kg lighter than the predecessor model, even including the M xDrive system and ancillaries. Unsprung weight can be further reduced by opting for the M Carbon Ceramic brake package.

The new BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/100 km [26.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 241 g/km) is the most exciting and emotionally enthralling high-performance sedan from this model range ever released by BMW M. The sixth generation of this fantastically sporty machine will be launched in 2017 complete with the M xDrive system, whose all-wheel-drive technology enables the business sedan’s dynamic prowess to be experienced in even greater depth.

Quite apart from its notably enhanced performance, the new BMW M5 also boasts far greater everyday practicality and supreme poise. It therefore constitutes another evolutionary step in every respect for an exceedingly successful vehicle concept that first emerged in 1984 with the launch of the original BMW M5.

A superior drivetrain: M xDrive.

High-performance driving dynamics on the one hand paired with the everyday practicality and qualities of a business sedan on the other: this neatly sums up M’s traditional approach to model development – one which strives to harmonise individual drive components into a flawless whole.

“The core component of M xDrive is a central intelligence unit with M-specific software delivering integrated control of longitudinal and lateral dynamics. The new drivetrain technology – making its debut on the new BMW M5 – therefore combines all of the agility and precision of standard rear-wheel drive with the supreme poise and traction of the all-wheel-drive system,” explains Frank van Meel, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH. “As a result, the new BMW M5 can be piloted with the familiar blend of sportiness and unerring accuracy on both the race track and the open road – and in various weather conditions, too.”

The M xDrive system enables a wonderfully fleet-footed rear-biased set-up by only bringing the front wheels into play when the rear wheels aren’t able to transmit any more power to the road and additional tractive force is required. Even when it is being driven in a particularly sporty manner and unleashing high levels of power, the new BMW M5 with M xDrive behaves predictably and can be controlled with ease by the driver, paving the way for an even richer experience of the business sedan’s extraordinary performance capabilities.

The driver can choose from five different configurations based on combinations of the DSC modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD).

The configurations allow the drive system’s characteristics to be tailored to both the driver’s personal preferences and the nature of the journey. Purists can opt for classical rear-wheel drive by completely deactivating the all-wheel-drive system.

All in all, the new drive system engenders class-beating handling dynamics accompanied by unrestricted everyday usability. This is made possible by a central intelligence unit with M-specific software for integrated control of longitudinal and lateral dynamics. The result is optimum performance in each of the different configurations. With the advent of M xDrive, the engineers have succeeded in fusing the classical qualities of standard rear-wheel drive with the benefits of the sports-focused BMW xDrive.

This all adds up to a sense of dynamic flair that astounds even seasoned DTM drivers: “I’m a big M5 fan,” explains BMW works driver Timo Glock, for example. “I often drive long distances and I need plenty of room for my family, but I wouldn’t wish to give up the chance to explore the car’s sporting character. With M xDrive, not only can the new BMW M5 be steered with the usual precision and agility, it also offers me something I really appreciate, living in Switzerland: a noticeable boost to traction and controllability – even when driving in particular environmental conditions, such as wet weather and snow, and in both everyday driving situations and when pushing the car to its performance limits.”

Sportiness and smoothness: eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic.

In the new BMW M5 the task of relaying the engine’s power falls to an extremely slick eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Thanks to its incredibly short shift times and optimal ratio spacing, the transmission combines with the new M xDrive system and the further improved turbocharged V8 engine to form a perfectly orchestrated whole.

In addition, the transmission offers impressively smooth start-off characteristics, makes manoeuvring easier and has a wide ratio spread that helps to keep fuel consumption low. The driver has the usual choice of three shift programs, as well as the option of changing gear manually using shift paddles on the steering wheel and even performing sporty multiple downshifts. The eight-speed M Steptronic forms part of a new, finely honed overall package that turns the BMW M5 into a high-performance sedan offering genuine everyday practicality, and also resolves the apparent contradiction between sportiness and comfort.

More powerful and more efficient: the newly improved turbocharged V8 engine.

Lurking under the bonnet of the new BMW M5 is the latest version of the 4.4-litre V8 engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology. The further improved high- revving engine outperforms its predecessor in terms of power output and torque. The enhancements implemented by the engineers include higher injection pressure, new turbochargers, more powerful lubrication and cooling systems, plus a modified, lighter exhaust system, which generates an even clearer rendition of the unmistakable M soundtrack. Thus equipped, the V8 propels the sedan to still greater feats of dynamic performance.

However, it is the combination of engine, M xDrive and eight-speed M Steptronic, even more than the upgrading of engine’s technical specifications, that really sharpens the high-performance character of the new BMW M5; it takes the dynamic driving experience to a far higher level than the relatively moderate increase in power alone would allow.

Hardware and software with an M-specific set-up.

The principal hardware components of M xDrive are based on those of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and the Active M Differential, while the M-specific driving dynamics control software ensures innovative deployment. The drivetrain has been reinforced for greater rigidity and strength to factor in the high torque, rear-biased configuration and 2WD option. While the transfer case splits a portion of the engine’s drive between the front and rear wheels in a smoothly adjustable ratio (depending on requirements), the Active M Differential is responsible for then distributing the drive between the rear wheels. This active control element is part of the M xDrive system’s functionality and its locking effect can be varied between zero and 100 per cent, as the situation demands.

This ensures enhanced traction, agility and handling stability when the car is being driven in a very sporty manner or on roads with differing levels of grip – i.e. exactly when it is needed. Since M xDrive includes M-specific dynamics control capability, stabilising interventions from the DSC system are only required in extreme situations. And so the engine’s huge power can be converted into propulsive force with virtually zero losses. The upshot of all this is that the new BMW M5 can be guided with even greater precision and directional accuracy, responds sensitively and directly to the driver’s inputs and thus requires few steering corrections when driving at the limit.

À la carte handling dynamics: 4WD, 4WD Sport or 2WD.

Every time the engine is started, the BMW M5 defaults to 4WD mode with DSC on. Even in this basic configuration, which initially allows a certain amount of slip at the rear wheels to produce the agility for which M models are renowned, M xDrive offers tangible benefits in situations such as accelerating out of bends. The sedan completes the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) or 200 km/h (124 mph) sprints in the sort of times that leave its predecessor trailing in its wake and will make fans of sporty driving everywhere instantly prick up their ears.

Drivers with an even greater thirst for sporty action can tap into the car’s full performance potential by engaging a second configuration: M Dynamic Mode (MDM) with the M xDrive system’s 4WD Sport mode has been configured for ultra-sporty and dynamic handling. As a result, the new BMW M5 becomes far more agile than in the standard configuration and channels even more drive to the rear wheels

At the same time, MDM permits far greater wheel slip, allowing the enthusiastic driver to send the sedan into a controlled drift and experience the remarkable agility of the new BMW M5 – a familiar trait of M models – to the full. The onset of oversteer is telegraphed in good time while the linear increase of sideslip angle makes it easily controllable, particularly as MDM aids stability at the limits of performance.

With DSC deactivated, there is a choice of three modes (4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD). In 4WD mode, M xDrive has a neutral set-up that lends itself to optimum controllability and outstanding traction. This is of particular benefit on roads that are in mediocre or poor condition. At the same time, 4WD mode also lets the driver explore the dynamic performance capabilities of the new BMW M5 with the DSC control system deactivated.

Engaging 4WD Sport mode alters the M xDrive configuration for even greater agility and sportiness. The blend of absolute precision, delightful handling and phenomenal traction it reveals is a sure-fire route to supreme driving pleasure. 4WD Sport mode’s set-up has been fine-tuned with the assistance of highly experienced specialists and is geared towards track use in dry conditions.

With 2WD mode activated, the new BMW M5 offers the keen driver the experience of driving a high-performance sedan with rear-wheel drive only, delivering a pure form of driving enjoyment that captivates in its own unique way. The combination of incredibly agile handling, terrific feel and exceptional controllability can be attributed to the Active M Differential.

BMW Group Australia is delighted to announce the introduction of three new BMW M5 Edition models to its stable of BMW M vehicles. From the raw, track-inspired BMW M5 Pure to the striking, limited edition BMW M5 Nighthawk and White Shadow, the latest additions to BMW’s M range promise to deliver performance, luxury and the unmistakeable power of the Bavarian marque’s V8 plant. Available from $185,000*, the BMW M5 Pure distils the iconic nameplate to its very essence, dispensing with peripheral features to focus on the essentials, celebrating the 412kW, 680Nm, high-revving V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The 4.4 litre engine drives the sedan from 0-100km/h in just 4.3 seconds, while recording a fuel economy figure below 10 litres per 100 kilometres. With production limited to just 10 units each, the BMW M5 Nighthawk and White Shadow represent the ultimate in BMW performance, luxury and exclusivity, starting from $235,930*. Featuring the acclaimed Competition Package, boosting power output to 423kW and shaving a tenth of a second from its 0-100km/h acceleration time, the BMW M5 Nighthawk and White Shadow boast an impressive equipment list.

BMW Group Australia Head of Product and Market Planning, Shawn Ticehurst, expressed his excitement at introducing a new chapter in the story of the iconic BMW M5 in Australia.

“Power, heritage and high-performance are the common threads binding our BMW M5 Editions,” Ticehurst said. “The unique identity of each model provides a clear point of difference. The Pure introduces the BMW M5 to a new audience and offers unadulterated performance, while the Nighthawk and White Shadow exude exclusivity and substance. Over three decades, the BMW M5 has thrilled and excited motorists around the world, a legacy which will continue with these BMW M5 Editions.”

The BMW M5 Pure includes 20-inch M Double spoke alloy wheels, frozen paintwork, sports seats, tyre pressure monitor, ConnectedDrive Freedom and Internet as standard kit, while a range of BMW Individual paint colours are available at no cost. The BMW M5 Nighthawk and White Shadow editions include BMW’s acclaimed Competition Package as standard specification. Along with the increased power, the Package includes a modified exhaust system and a lowered suspension. In addition, the characteristics of the Dynamic Damper Control system have been adapted to the increased dynamics and the M Dynamic Mode settings have been further defined. The steering is even more direct and the steering ratio has been revised by 10 per cent.

In addition to the Competition Package, a combination of BMW Individual content, BMW M Performance features, trademark frozen or metallic paintwork in black or white and additional specifications elevate the BMW M5 Nighthawk and White Shadow. Key features include 20-inch M Double spoke alloy wheels in black, Bang and Olufsen high-end surround sound system, tyre pressure monitor, floor mats with contrast binding, Carbon Fibre interior trim, gear knob and exterior mirror caps. The Nighthawk and White Shadow M5s also offer full Merino leather upholstery including instrument panel, four-zone automatic air conditioning, M Multifunctional seats for driver and front passenger, glass electric sunroof, TV function and Alcantara roof liner.

All BMW M5s are equipped with a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, Active M Differential, Dynamic Damper Control, M Servotronic power steering, M Dynamic Mode, Dynamic Stability Control and High-Performance Compound Brakes as standard. A full suite of driver assistance systems also feature, highlighted by the inclusion of Cruise Control with braking function, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning with light city braking activation, Lane Change Warning and Head-Up Display.

Rear View Camera, front and rear Park Distance Control, Surround View with Side View and Top View and Speed Limit Device are among the further technologies included on all M5 variants. BMW service and selected maintenance costs can now be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI). BSI offers two packages: BMW Service Inclusive Basic provides scheduled servicing cover, while BMW Service Inclusive Plus combines scheduled servicing and selected maintenance items. Based on individual lifestyle needs, a year range and kilometre option is selected, starting from three years/60,000kms.

The BSI plan provides a long-term solution enabling cover to be extended and transferred to future vehicle owners before expiry.

BMW M5 Editions Australian pricing and standard features*
BMW M5 Pure $185,000

  • 412kW/680Nm
  • 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds
  • Seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
  • Active M Differential
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • M Servotronic power steering
  • M Dynamic Mode
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • High-Performance Compound Brakes
  • Cruise Control with braking function
  • Driving Assistant (Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning with light city braking activation)
  • Lane Change Warning
  • Head-Up Display
  • Rear View Camera
  • Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Surround View with Side View and Top View
  • Speed Limit Device
  • 20” M Double spoke alloy wheel
  • Frozen Paintwork
  • BMW Individual Paintwork available as a no cost option
  • Extended Merino Leather upholstery
  • Sport seats
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • ConnectedDrive Freedom
  • Internet

BMW M5 Nighthawk $235,930
BMW M5 White Shadow $235,930

  • 423kW/680Nm
  • 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds
  • Seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
  • Active M Differential
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • M Servotronic power steering
  • M Dynamic Mode
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • High-Performance Compound Brakes
  • Cruise Control with braking function
  • Driving Assistant (Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning with light city braking activation)
  • Lane Change Warning
  • Head-Up Display
  • Rear View Camera
  • Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Surround View with Side View and Top View
  • Speed Limit Device
  • 20” M Double spoke alloy wheel in black
  • Choice of either Frozen Black/ Azurite Black or Frozen White/Brilliant White paintwork
  • Bang & Olufsen high-end surround sound system including 16 speakers
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Floor mats with contrast binding
  • Genuine BMW Accessories: Carbon Fibre interior trim, gear knob and exterior mirror caps
  • Four-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Climate comfort windscreen
  • Competition Package
  • Full Merino leather upholstery including instrument panel finished in leather
  • M Multifunctional seats for driver and front passenger
  • Roof liner in Alcantara
  • Seat ventilation
  • Soft-close doors
  • Sunblind for rear window, electric
  • Sunblinds for rear side windows
  • Sunroof, glass electric
  • TV function
  • ConnectedDrive Freedom
  • Internet

*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.