Some juicy details have just emerged about the upcoming 2018 BMW M5, and it looks like it’s going to be the biggest, baddest M series yet – with a 600HP 4.4l twin turbo V8 with 516 lb-ft of torque.
Yup, 600 HP. The engine hasn’t changed too much since past years, but the engineers over at BMW headquarters have found a way to eke out another 25hp from last year’s already impressive model.
The M5 is labeled with the M xDrive AWD. It’s not full-time AWD, however, and the M5 will have the ability to switch between AWD and RWD at the push of a button. If you flip it into M Dynamic Mode (MDM) with 4WD, the power will go mostly to the rear wheels – letting you do all the drifting and burnouts you could want.
BMW has also become a big fan of carbon fiber recently, and has managed to cut some weight with a new roof, made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (steel on the sunroof version.)
In a departure from tradition, The M5 will only come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Disappointing, yes, if you love feeling the road as much as we do. But with this kind of speed, you probably won’t miss it much.
We’re still aways out from getting these in showrooms, but expect them early 2018.
2018 BMW M5 Specs
- 4.4l, twin-turbo V8
- 600Hp, 516 lf-ft of torque
- M xDrive AWD
- Option for RWD
- Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic roof
- 8-Speed Automatic Transmission