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BMW M5 2025: that’s it

Few vehicles generate as much enthusiasm among enthusiasts as the BMW M5. After much preparation, the company’s latest super sedan has arrived. The new M5 is the most powerful to ever wear the iconic badge. But it’s also the heaviest M5 ever thanks to its standard hybrid powertrain.

As expected, there’s XM DNA under the skin, namely the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and a single electric motor sandwiched in the eight-speed transmission. Total system output is 717 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, a bit less than what you get in the XM label. The engine alone produces 577 horsepower, and an additional 194 horsepower comes from the engine, the same as what is found in the XM. However, the hybrid battery is smaller, at 14.8 kWh.

BMW M5 2025: that’s it
BMW M5 2025: that’s it
BMW M5 2025: that’s it

BMW claims the new M5 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h, but it increases to 305 km/h with the M driver’s package. The other side of the coin is the quiet, electric operation only offered by a plug-in hybrid. In electric mode, BMW provides a silent range of 40 km thanks to the battery alone. However, if you step on the accelerator or decide to manually shift gears with the M Steptronic transmission, the car will assume you’re ready to play and fire up the engine for more power.

Speaking of fun, the new M5 offers three driving modes as standard. Comfort mode allows gasoline and electricity to work in a way that provides the smoothest, most efficient ride possible. The gas engine shuts off more often and the suspension/transmission settings are kept in their least intrusive settings. Sport and Sport Plus modes liven things up (while keeping the engine running all the time), but the optional Dynamic and Dynamic Plus settings are necessary to get the full M5 experience. These modes optimize the powertrain for maximum power and increase the cooling system for track rides.

BMW M5 2025: that’s it

Dynamic is also how you switch the xDrive all-wheel-drive system to rear-wheel drive. You can also get it by turning off stability control, giving drivers “an even more unfiltered performance experience,” according to BMW. There’s an electronically controlled differential lock for the rear that can send power to the left or right as needed to get the job done, functioning much like a stability control system. The difference here is that power, not brakes, is used to keep the M5 tidy. This results in faster cornering with more confidence, which is further aided by active rear steering that turns up to 1.5 degrees.

The M5 is stopped by six-piston calipers on 16.1-inch rotors up front, with single-piston floating calipers biting 15.7-inch rotors in the rear. Carbon-ceramic M brakes are optional, increasing the front disc size to 16.5 inches while shaving 55 pounds in the process. They sit behind a set of offset wheels measuring 20 inches in front and 21 inches in the rear.

BMW M5 2025: that’s it
BMW M5 2025: that’s it
BMW M5 2025: that’s it

It’s all part of the M5’s bespoke drivetrain setup, which goes well beyond the stiffer springs of the 5 Series. The five-link rear axle is model-specific and uses reinforced control arms, camber control and guide arms designed for higher g load. The double wishbone front axle is stiffer and uses specific M5 hubs.

There’s additional reinforcement for the support towers, reinforcement under the floor, and the mounts for various chassis components are stronger. Naturally, BMW’s Adaptive M suspension is standard, with electronically controlled dampers that drivers can fine-tune.

BMW M5 2025: that’s it

And many settings are available. In addition to the aforementioned driving modes, the new M5 allows individual settings for the suspension, brakes, steering, transmission and the xDrive all-wheel drive system. While we’re talking tech, you’ll find BMW’s 8.5 operating systems with M-specific displays for the driver and front passengers. A head-up display is standard, and for those times when you don’t feel like driving, you can stream videos or play a selection of AirConsole games.

Visually, the M5 is unmistakable with its quad exhaust tips at the rear. It’s also a bit wider: 3.0 inches at the front and 1.9 inches at the rear. BMW says the M5’s sides have been redesigned compared to the 5 Series to give it a more aggressive stance. The front fascia is full of contrasting vents and angles, and a subtle lip spoiler adds character to the rear. Nine standard colours are available at launch, but buyers can turn to a range of BMW Individual shades for something unique.

BMW M5 2025: that’s it
BMW M5 2025: that’s it

And now the elephant in the room. The 2025 BMW M5 weighs 5,390 pounds. It’s not as much as an actual elephant, but it’s more than a Ford F-150 with four-door cab and four-wheel drive. However, we’ve already driven a pre-production M5 on a track and we’re amazed at how good it is. Weight doesn’t seem to be an issue, but how will that translate to everyday use? This is something we want to look into with more time in the car, so stay tuned.

Or, you can buy one for a starting price of $120,675 and decide for yourself whether the heaviest M5 ever is still a driver’s delight. Deliveries will begin later this year.

News Source : www.motor1.com
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