The Super Saloon Mayhem that is the 2018 BMW G30 M5
2018 BMW G30 M5 Is The Fastest M Car Ever
Updated October 26, 2018
While it may very closely resemble the M5 F10, the 2018 BMW G30 M5 is different in almost every arena.
For starters, let’s just knock out everything we don’t like. It looks like the manual transmission won’t be making an appearance on the new M. Alright, that’s everything. Some people aren’t super stoked about the new 4WD system BMW is developing, which this G30 M5 will most definitely have, but I believe this to be a very good thing.
Considering the world of super saloons of today – it needs it. This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill 4WD system, either – it has some tricks up its sleeve.
Called the M xDrive, the 4WD system is the most controversial departure from the M5 ethos. The system can work in many different modes, and all of them are rear-wheel centered.
- M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD)
Other driver-selected modes available as well:
- DSC modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off);
- Variable Damper Control modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus)
Upon ignition, all of the car’s power is sent to the back wheels up until the point at which the rear wheels slip. Once that happens, some of that torque is diverted to the front wheels to help balance the car out. While it might sound like you’ll never get your M-series loose again, the rear axle actually features an Active M Differential capable of locking the power between 0 and 100 percent. This nifty feature will make you love the new G30 M5, because with traction control off, the 4WD will only send the power to the rear wheels. The drift sessions of your dreams are still entirely intact with the G30 M5, and that’s all you really wanted, right?
G30 M5 Continues With The Known V8
We have already seen an M5 as powerful as this one. The M5 F10 30 Jahre Edition had an updated V8 with 600 HP. This one has the same power output but with 553 lb.-ft. of torque compared to the Jahre Edition’s 516 lb.-ft. Furthermore, the 4WD system certainly makes a case for astonishing acceleration; the stunning new Bimmer accelerates to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds – half a second faster than the 30 Jahre Edition.
The new motor has been considerably improved over the last 4.4-liter. BMW designed new turbochargers, integrated higher pressure injectors, and gave the M5 a fully-variable computer controlled fuel pump. They also redesigned the cooling system altogether. The M5 sends its power through an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic. It has a manual mode and, in typical BMW fashion, features paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
All of the improvements BMW has made allow the car to reach 124 mph in 11.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. With the M Driver’s Package, the top speed goes up to 189 mph, but we’re pretty sure she could crack 200 mph without a limiter. Even if it can’t, it’s still entirely worthy of carrying the super saloon title.
Motorsport-Unique Touches Differentiate it from the Standard M Series
Apart from the new body-kit that was carefully shaped to find an optimum balance between downforce, cooling, and low drag coefficients, the Motorsport division has finely decorated the M5. Welcome 20-inch wheels, a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof (same as on the M4 and the M3), specially developed tires, a unique M designed bonnet, blue painted calipers (gold painted for the Carbon Ceramic brakes), many M badges and a fantastic quartet of tailpipes.
The car looks good and handles great, and is bringing us some exciting new features that we’ve never seen in a BMW before. If you’re looking to buy a super saloon next year, there’s really only one question you must ask yourself:
Mercedes-AMG E63 S or the 2018 BMW G30 M5?
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