In 1984 there was nothing like it, and when the first BMW M5 came out it was the fastest four-door on the planet. With a 3.5-litre straight-six engine making nearly 290 horsepower naturally aspirated, the E28 generation established a new class of car and put M to the forefront of luxury performance.
Six generations later and we’re in for an all-new 2018 BMW M5 developing 600 horsepower, 750Nm of torque, and putting it all down to every corner for maximum traction and 0-100kph in 3.4 seconds. That’s supercar-fast, and good enough to make this the quickest M car ever made.
Gentlemen’s autobahn agreement? Pah. BMW kept its fingers crossed - this thing will do 305kph.
With all that grunt and early confirmation it was obvious after all the teasing that BMW would take the all-wheel drive route, but the new M5 is still a rear-drive car most of the time unless the electronics find it necessary to actuate the front axle.
With different driving modes you can even select rear-drive only and switch all the stability control electronics fully off, an unofficial drift mode if you will.
Compared to the outgoing fifth-generation model the new M5 has a totally redesigned suspension system, and an updated 4.4-litre V8. It gets new turbochargers and higher boost pressures, as well as increased fuel injection pressure, and a few intake tricks plus an entirely new exhaust system that helps save 5kg.
Maximum power then, is available from 5,700rpm and maximum torque comes on from 1,800rpm. The optimised eight-speed automatic transmission provides three shift maps from smooth to furious, and there are available carbon ceramic brakes measuring nearly 16in in diameter up front as optional equipment.
The car will launch in Europe first priced from Dh510,000, but buyers will also have the choice of at the 2018 BMW M5 First edition, featuring exclusive dark red metallic paintwork, numbered ‘First Edition’ plaques, 20in wheels, and a few more goodies. The special edition is limited to 400 examples worldwide and available to whoever’s quickest on the dotted line.