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THE M5

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Business sedan or high-performance sports car? Fans and friends of both segments will not have to ask themselves this question in the future: The seventh generation of the BMW M5 Sedan combines both, has entered its final testing phase and is ready for new levels of performance.
The final stage.The final stage.

The final stage.

The multi-year development phase of the BMW M5 Sedan and BMW M5 Touring is coming to an end. Take a look behind the scenes.

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One last big winter testing.

Start in Munich. Follow the BMW M5 and BMW M5 Touring prototypes on an exciting journey from Munich, Germany to Arjeplog, Sweden. Both drivers and cars are constantly being pushed to their limits in a wide variety of weather conditions. Join them on their final big winter test.

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FINAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

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The prototypes are carefully disguised, but they cannot conceal their high-performance character. The new high-performance sedan from BMW M GmbH is now completing its test drives on public roads, BMW Group proving grounds and racetracks around the world. The broad driving dynamics spectrum of the iconic M model, ranging from supreme track performance to uncompromising long-distance comfort, remains a key feature of the BMW M5's DNA.

NEW DRIVE, M TYPICAL PERFORMANCE.

The new BMW M5 Sedan will feature a completely newly developed partially electrified drive system. What remains are the M specific performance characteristics as well as the precisely tuned chassis technology refined with innovative systems facilitate driving dynamics and agility at a level unique in this vehicle class. In short, a typical BMW M5.

We are now also installing a hybrid drive system with typical M performance in other high-performance cars.
Dirk Häcker, Head of Development at BMW M GmbH

HISTORY OF THE BMW M5.

For almost 40 years now, the BMW M5 has been the benchmark for driving dynamics, agility and precision in the high-performance sedan segment. Evolutionary progress, development know-how from racing and pioneering innovations in the areas of drive, suspension, aerodynamics and lightweight construction have shaped the history of the BMW M5. Engines with six, eight and ten cylinders, M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-revving characteristics, the compound brake system with M Carbon ceramic brakes and M xDrive four-wheel drive are just some of the technological milestones with which this model has repeatedly redefined top performance in a sedan that is unconditionally suitable for everyday use. The seventh generation of the BMW M5 Sedan takes up on this – with fascinating innovations for an even more intense performance experience.

THE START OF GREAT CAREER.THE START OF GREAT CAREER.

THE START OF GREAT CAREER.

Until the BMW M5 emerged in 1985, the M535i had been considered the benchmark in the business sedan class. From the moment it was launched, however, the M5 mastered the balancing act between high performance and elegance like no other car had before it. Dispensing with the M535i’s large spoiler – but of course retaining the M logo on the front grille and boot lid – its 3.5-litre inline 6-cylinder produced 210 kW (286 hp), having originally been developed for the legendary BMW M1.

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MORE SPEED FOR THE BUSINESS CLASS.MORE SPEED FOR THE BUSINESS CLASS.

MORE SPEED FOR THE BUSINESS CLASS.

After the success of the first generation, expectations for BMW M5 E34 series were even higher. It took barely any time for all to see that the second generation M5 more than met those expectations. Its naturally aspirated inline 6-cylinder engine developed 232 kW (315 hp) and later 250 kW (340 hp) – some absolutely incredible numbers for this class at that time.

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PERFORMANCE AND LUXURY.PERFORMANCE AND LUXURY.

PERFORMANCE AND LUXURY.

When it was launched in 1998, the BMW M5 E39 set a new benchmark for BMW M. It was the first time that a V8 engine with a displacement of 5.0 litres had been used, which generated 294 kW (400 hp) and a tremendous torque of 500 Nm This made the E39 the most powerful M model in the model range.

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8.000 REVS ARE NOT ENOUGH.8.000 REVS ARE NOT ENOUGH.

8.000 REVS ARE NOT ENOUGH.

From the racetrack to the road: in 2005 the fourth-generation BMW M5 was presented as a racecar-inspired sports sedan. Its engine is a high-revving, naturally-aspirated V10 producing a remarkable 373 kW (507 hp). Since Formula 1 was also running with 10-cylinder engines at that time, the M5 E60’s engine blocks came direct from the F1 foundry of BMW.

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THE POWER OF TWIN TURBO.THE POWER OF TWIN TURBO.

THE POWER OF TWIN TURBO.

When it arrived in 2011, the fifth generation M5 once again heralded a new era for the propulsion of M automobiles. The naturally aspirated engine of its predecessor was history. In its place came a newly developed and turbocharged V8 engine. The power it produced was immense: 423 kW (575 hp) in the Competition model, later up to 441 kW (600 hp).

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FIRST TIME WITH MxDRIVE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE.FIRST TIME WITH MxDRIVE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE.

FIRST TIME WITH MxDRIVE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE.

In 2018, the sixth generation BMW M5 F90 followed with another premiere. For the first time, the high-performance sedan featured the newly developed M xDrive all-wheel drive. In terms of output, 441 kW (600 hp) marked the entry point, with the Competition model producing 460 kW (625 hp). From 2021, the M5 CS was available as the sportiest version with 467 kW (635 hp).

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