The sixth generation of the BMW M5 has full-wheel drive. The gasoline engine has eight cylinders placed in V and 4.4 liters of displacement. BMW has not reported its power, although it says that “is superior to its predecessor in terms of power and torque, although this increase is relatively moderate.” The previous one had 560, 575 or 600 HP depending on the configuration chosen. This engine is in combination with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, torque converter ( therefore different from the previous model, which is double clutch and seven gears).
The changes BMW has made in the engine of this M5 are increased injection pressure, a new supercharging system , new lubrication systems, cooling system and a lighter exhaust system and that ‘it enhances even more the sound M\’ .
However, BMW says that the increased performance of this new M5 (for the moment we do not know the exact data) is due more to the influence of the total drive system and the gearbox, than to the higher power. The average approved consumption is 10.5 l / 100 km (it is 9.9 l / 100 km in the M5 2013).
The traction system consists of a central disc clutch that distributes power variably between the two axles. Furthermore, on the rear axle there is a differential active type that can distribute power between each of the two rear wheels.
The gearbox has three automatic operating programs. You can also select the gears manually with some cams behind the steering wheel. In the driving mode S, several gears can be lowered at the same time.
As in the previous model, there are two custom programs (M1 and M2) that allow you to combine at will the adjustment of the motor response and the steering, the setting of the variable hardness suspension . These customized programs are configured through the central screen of the dashboard and are activated during the ride by pressing the corresponding controls on the steering wheel.
At the center of the instrumentation is the information on the selected gear, the operating mode of the drive system, the suspension setting and whether some of the custom settings (M1 or M2) are activated. In the information system projected on the windshield (covering a larger area than in the previous model) also some of these data appear.
BMW launched the first M5 in 1984.