Now we have the final numbers and, well, they're monstrous - 600 hp from 5,600 to 6,700 rpm and a towering 750 Nm between 1,800 and 5,600 rpm, to be exact. The direct-injection petrol unit receives new turbos, a revised intercooler, increased fuel-injection pressure of 350 bar and a new high-capacity oil pump. More torque is fed to the rear axle and the rear wheels give more wheel slippage which allows controlled drifts and playful handling, but with controlled oversteer. Also, the front and rear bumpers are exclusive to the M5 and feature special ducting for the intercooler and brakes, as well as an integrated diffuser at the rear which aids in aerodynamic stability. As for its suspension, there are three modes to choose from with the Variable Damper Control system with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.
The newly-revealed F90 keeps things familiar on the engine front, with a 441kW output matching the most powerful editions of the previous range, but remember that this is the standard model, and faster versions are sure to follow in good time. The action packed driving blockbuster will release this year, while the deliveries for the new M5 will begin from September. The M xDrive system, as it is called, carries M-specific software with integrated control of longitudinal and lateral dynamics.
Although BMW lovers might not enjoy the idea of an M5 with xDrive, the fact that there's an option to send power only to the rear wheels should appease the masses.
On top of that small bump in torque figures, the 2018 BMW M5 has another ace up its sleeves, and that card comes in the form of an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that can be switched from AWD to RWD. This means you drift, if you're fearless enough. The combination is expected to send the M5 from zero to 60 miles per hour in about 3.2 seconds, making it the fastest M5 ever by a fair margin. The vehicle is electronically limited to 250km/h, but the optional M Driver's Package can keep the fun going till 305 km/h. Sophisticated stiffening elements in the front and rear structures ensure the body structure is extremely rigid and therefore that the auto provides instantaneous feedback, in particular when the driver is pushing hard on the road or track.
From a start, the M xDrive system defaults to all-wheel drive, but drivers can easily select the 2WD mode to lock it in rear-wheel drive.
Furthermore, the vehicle has some of its panels made from aluminum in order to make the auto lighter; the roof is made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
The first ever M5, based on the E28 5 Series, showcased in the clip after the M1, uses a reworked version of the same M88 engine that powered the only BMW supercar made to date. Aluminium decorative interior trim with a carbon fibre-like structure completes the look. It will be exclusively appointed and features BMW Individual Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork (seen in the gallery above) and will cost an additional €19,500 ($23,046 USD) over the standard model.