Call our response to the latest BMW M5 2017 Gran Coupe and M5 sedan lukewarm. Our tests prove they’re plenty fast, but they lack the visceral communication and engaging soul that made the E39 M5 legendary.
We ranked the M5 third in a comparison test against its Audi and Mercedes rivals.
Now comes the Competition package, named not with the S6 and E63 AMG in mind but rather to denote track-day intentions.
Realistically, few large, luxurious four-doors with six-digit sticker prices are going to flirt with racetrack guardrails, so think of the Competition package as a $7300 blue pill ($6000 on the Gran Coupe) that promises to revive the rorty, racing-derived spirit of the M subbrand’s heritage.
The package is also available for the M6 coupe and convertible.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR CHANGES
The current model of the BMW M5 2017 has been on the market since 2013, and since then it has remained pretty much the same. BMW has decided to refresh one of its minions and to reveal it as a 2017 model. The new model is coming with many interesting changes which will refresh this already great vehicle. These changes will happen inside and outside of the vehicle. Interior of the new M5, improved with highest quality materials, will become more comfortable and luxurious than before. The base trim of the new BMW M5 2017 will be improved new aluminum or carbon fiber inserts instead of the usual chromed or wooden pieces. Also the interior of the 2017 M5 will get a big 10 inch touch screen. According to some sources these are just some of the many changes new M5 cabin is going to suffer. On the other hand, exterior of the new BMW sports sedan will get just some minor changes.
What powers the new G30 BMW M5?
We hear it’ll stick with 4.4-litre V8 power. What you see in the M5 30 Jahre farewell edition will form the basis for the next-generation super-saloon, and that means a supercar-troubling 592bhp and 516lb ft of torque as a minimum. No wonder Munich is planning to offer xDrive four-wheel drive this time around. And check out the huge brake discs fitted to this disguised prototype, to wipe off all that speed.
BMW engineers are predicting great things from the handling department: dynamic anti-roll, anti-dive and anti-squat systems are under development and the CLAR hardware brings inherent benefits to the M5’s centre of gravity (lower) and weight distribution (more evenly 50:50).
The new acronym was chosen to stress the extra flexibility provided by fewer but more versatile submodules (clusters) which are more extensively adjustable in content, size and adaptability. CLAR also stands for a more advanced material mix which introduces some carbonfibre elements, additional high-strength steel sections, selected magnesium and titanium accents, and a broader variety of aluminium alloys.
BMW M5 2017 POWERTRAIN
Under the hood of the new BMW M5 2017 we will see the same 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 like in the predecessor but with some interesting changes and with a more advanced direct-injection system. The base power level will offer around 580 horsepower. It is also expected that the new M5 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds at top speed limited to 155 mph and around 190 mph for the competition model. The new M5 will use a 7 speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
According to some sources the new BMW M5 2017 will be revealed by the end of 2016. Expected price for the new performance version could be over $120,000.
BMW M5 2017 Feedback than in any 5er of this generation at the cost of a small dead zone at center. The recalibrated suspension no doubt has something to do with this, and your results may vary depending on your own temperament and conditions. With the shocks in Sport (Plus is too hard for the road), the throttle at Sport Plus, and the shifter at its sharpest setting, this car feels more like a real M. To approach E39 playful-puppy mode, you’d have to find a way to cut more than 500 pounds from the curb weight, but that’s not in the cards for today’s cars saturated with safety tech and must-have luxury features. Owners of these modern Ms will just have to settle for their cars being way, way faster.