The BMW nameplate is practically synonymous with luxury sport sedans. And the all-new 2018 BMW M5 carries on the Bavarian automaker's long-standing tradition of providing shoppers with a luxury sport sedan intended to strike a balance between comfort and performance. The styling of the midsize 5 Series hasn't been radically changed. It remains a sleekly designed and elegant yet muscular sedan that can seat five with a trunk large enough to hold a fair amount of luggage.
For 2018, the M5 features revised fascias, a specific suspension calibration and powertrain. Advanced adjustable chassis systems include Variable Damper Control, M Dynamic Mode, adjustable steering weighting, adjustable shift speed from its eight-speed transmission, adjustable throttle sensitivity, and selectable sport exhaust.
But the newsworthy feature for the new M5 is its selectable M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. In normal operation, the M5 is a rear-biased all-wheel-drive sedan. Different modes allow the driver to reduce the amount of power sent to the front wheels or even switch to full rear-wheel drive (though the latter also fully defeats stability and traction control). This allows the M5 to be a luxurious drift machine, thanks in part to its revised twin-turbo V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Other changes include technology updates, such as a new iDrive user interface, available gesture control and a head-up display.
Handling has always been a BMW strong suit, and the updated M5 is no exception. The new model rides on a revamped suspension, double wishbone in front and five-link in the rear, with electronically controlled anti-roll bars. And buyers looking for even more stopping power can opt for the carbon-ceramic brake package.
The well-designed, upscale interior of the new M5 has been moderately revised. There's still plenty of space for front-seat occupants. Heated 20-way power sport bucket seats are standard, with seat ventilation with massage available as options. A plethora of the latest advanced technology, safety and convenience features are either standard or available.
Still, the M5 comes extremely well equipped with enough comfort and tech equipment to satisfy many buyers, including dual-zone climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and dynamic cruise control.
With all of these updates, it's remarkable that BMW was able to make an M5 accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 189 mph, yet still transport four full-size adults in comfort to the next state over. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2018 BMW M5 that best meets your needs.
2018 BMW M5 Overview
The 2018 BMW M5 is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). M5 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 M5 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2018 M5 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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What options are available on the 2018 BMW M5?
Available BMW M5 2018 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available BMW M5 2018 Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Silverstone Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Alpine White, Carbon Black Metallic, Champagne Quartz Metallic (Individual), Imperial Blue Metallic, Interlagos Blue Metallic, Sakhir Orange Metallic, Singapore Grey Metallic