2018 BMW M5 M Performance Bathed In Carbon, Stripes And Awesomeness
Engine is the same, but the exhaust isn’t
Published November 8, 2017
New 2018 BMW M5 definitely deserved to be called the Super Saloon. However, revealing the first version was only the tip of the iceberg for the Motorsport division 5 series. Before we start getting all those Competition models, Jahre editions and so on, the BMW M Performance division prepared a comprehensive set of attachments to additionally spice up the 600hp saloon.
This comes as no surprise as BMW tends to widen its M Performance offering as much as possible. It was all revealed at the 2017 SEMA show on a rather nice example of the 2018 BMW M5.
Prolific yet subtle changes for the 2018 BMW M5
While a keen eye and proper BMW enthusiast can spot the difference right off the bat, I am quite sure the subtleties escape the eye of a common onlooker. The M Performance Parts bin has never been as deep as now. The 2018 BMW M5 M Performance revealed at the 2017 SEMA received fine aerodynamic body kit rounding up the car with a diverse set of carbon fiber additions. One can even add the front carbon splitter or the side sills made of the material. Rear spoiler as well. A dark shade of the carbon fiber pieces goes well with the blacked out grille, tinted windows, blackened gills, and black roof. Not to mention rather dark wheels.
While the car make-up is all nice and dandy, the real deal is behind all this glorious show. Wheels hide carbon-ceramic brakes with brake pads from racing series some BMW cars compete in.
Dig deeper and one may find M Performance Coilover suspension with red springs and adjustable spring plates. This will undoubtedly provide even lesser roll, it will provide stiffness for the time on Nurburgring apexes and let one handle the mighty car with more ease and vigor (it will drift better too).
It’s as M as it gets
While I really dig all the performance parts that will make an M5 M Performance most certainly better than the classic 2018 M5, the M stripes do it for me. It is just the right thing to do for an M car. “Two shades of blue with red” stripes adore the sides front splitter, and back pieces. You wouldn’t go unnoticed. This is, unmistakably, a serious performer. And apart from “showing off value”, the stripes do suggest the front end hides a nuclear weapon of a sort.
4.4-liter V8 with some mad biturbo setup handles 600hp sending it to all four wheels (or only to the back if you feel like it). While M Performance did not fiddle with the Motorsport tuned engine, they did try to improve the exhaust. The car gained M Performance sports exhaust system. This one, with titanium tips at the back (for saving weight), is intended only for the US and Canada (don’t you feel special?). It will sound gnarlier for sure.
The inside follows the same Performance inspired the theme. Carbon fiber trim pieces can be seen on the steering wheel, shift paddles, and gear shift lever. With a lot of M badges, Alcantara, and leather, of course.
And yes, the engine cover? It’s carbon fiber as well because why the hell not!?
Exceptionally well-done car here.