There are only five weeks left for the Frankfurt Motor Show , one of the most important events of the year, especially for the German manufacturers, who will take the opportunity to take the cavalry , never better said. One of these brands is BMW , which prepares the 2018 BMW M5 .
According to the specialized publication BMW Blog , the Bavarian company will show its new high-performance saloon before the end of August , and therefore a couple of weeks before the official presentation in the hall. We have not yet seen it in the open, but we do know that it will bring important innovations, as well as more power and a new design.
BMW already confirmed months ago that its 2018 BMW M5 (F90) will resort to a 4.4 liter V8 biturbo engine with a power similar to that of its main rivals like the Mercedes-AMG E 63 or the Audi RS 6 , that is, of the order of 600 hp , which is said soon, and 700 Nm of maximum torque.
In addition, the powerful eight-cylinder engine this time out of the double-clutch seven-speed gearbox that mounted the outgoing M5, in favor of a new eight-ratio Steptronic change , and it does not appear that BMW will offer a transmission Manual, as already happened with the previous one (that curiously yes it offered manual version in the United States).
Total traction, the main novelty
The almost obligatory power increase was taken for granted, but what was not so obvious is whether BMW M would maintain the rear-wheel drive configuration or would opt for a four-wheel drive scheme , as is finally the case. It’s called M xDrive and promises good doses of fun as well as efficiency.
How? Thanks to this integral traction system will offer three modes of operation. A normal or 4WD , four-wheel drive, a second called 4WD Sport that allows more joys and maintains maximum efficiency, and a last 2WD that basically turns the car into a propulsion, sending force exclusively to the rear train.
The result of combining all these figures with the eight-speed gearbox, the all-wheel drive and a Launch Control program for starting from standstill is an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in about 3.5 seconds (in a large saloon Dimensions!), Although there are still no official figures. Let them pass quickly these three weeks …