BMW launches more powerful hybrid M5

BMW M5 perfected with the latest hybrid drivetrain technology

BMW’s M5, the legendary high-performance sedan has been updated and now features an electrified drive system for the first time. A specially developed M Hybrid system contributes to an overall output of  535kW and 1000Nm.

The combination of a high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor, plus power transfer courtesy of an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and M xDrive all-wheel-drive system results in new levels of performance.

Modern technology key to heightened levels of performance

The harmonious operation of the combustion engine and the electric motor draws on BMW’s experience with their BMW M Hybrid V8 endurance racer. 

The latest-generation electric motor integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission brings an immediacy to the power delivery that none of its predecessors can match. The instantly available thrust from the electric motor and the V8 engine’s power delivery which is sustained into the upper reaches of the load and rev range as has become typical of BMW M cars, complement each other perfectly.

The result is a fully electric driving range of around 60 kilometres but also a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.5 seconds, and a 0-200km/h sprint time of 10.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250km/h. That limiter can however be raised to 305km/h if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified.

The 4.4-litre V8 engine has received updates in the form of a cross-bank exhaust manifold, reinforced crankshaft, newly developed turbochargers and a newly developed exhaust system. The combustion engine is naturally the biggest contributor to the overall power and torque as it offers 430kW and 750Nm to the equation.

The electric motor is supported by electronics and a high voltage battery and is integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. The electric motor contributes up to 145kW and 280Nm to the maximum system output via a pre-gearing stage patented by BMW. This innovation enables the electric motor to generate effective propulsion power which could normally only be achieved by using a larger unit.

Advanced chassis technology

The new BMW M5 continues the tradition of high-performance executive-class sedans projecting dynamism and elegance in equal measure. Factors that are key to achieving this include a long wheelbase, wide track, low centre of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution, a body with improved rigidity and enhanced aerodynamics and chassis technology with model-specific configuration and tuning.

The advanced chassis technology of the new BMW M5 uses model- specific kinematics and elastokinematics to give the car exceptional dynamic potential. The design and setup of all components ensure the handling of the new M5 is characterised by precise response to movements of the steering wheel, neutral steering behaviour up to the limit and a linear build-up of lateral forces across the full lateral acceleration range. This includes the optimised double-wishbone front axle and five-link rear axle which employs a model-specific design in order to meet the dynamic requirements of this model. Adaptive M suspension utilises electronically controlled dampers to optimise road contact across all driving situations.

Refreshed exterior

The new BMW M5 signals its status as a true driver’s car with a fresh interpretation of the design features familiar for M high-performance cars.

This includes prominently flared wheelarches and side skirts, a sculptured front apron and model-specific surface treatment around the C-pillar. 

The front-end is shaped by a modern interpretation of the signature BMW twin headlights and BMW kidney grille. The standard Adaptive LED headlights add a modern pared-back look to the brand typical four-eyed face. A newly designed BMW M kidney grille is finished in black high gloss, is almost entirely enclosed and sits above a central lower air intake which ensures a generous supply of cooling air. Triangular side air intakes accentuate the broad stance while pronounced wheel arch extensions and sculptural surfaces around the BMW M kidney grille, headlights and air intakes create a visually striking appearance.

The side profile, including the front and rear wheel arches have been completely redesigned and this has resulted in an increase to the car’s width, by 75mm at the front and 48mm at the rear compared to the regular 5 Series. The hunkered-down body and front and rear aprons that extend down to the road surface lend additional emphasis to the high-performance sedan’s physically imposing proportions.

The prominently flared wheelarches accentuate the width and muscular stature of the new BMW M5 while generously sized surfaces give the rear a monolithic appearance. A M rear spoiler and two-section diffuser are on hand to optimise airflow around the body while M twin exhaust tailpipes are integrated into the rear apron.

A cockpit designed for focused performance

The multi-layer character of the BMW M5, which includes track-oriented dynamics, locally emission free cruising and the ability to cover long distances with ease is also reflected in the interior. A cockpit designed for a focused performance experience and the M-specific operating concept for adapting the vehicles setup to personal preferences come together with an exclusive premium ambience featuring modern design elements, high-quality materials and luxurious equipment features.

A newly designed M leather steering wheel, the standard M multifunction seats and the BMW Curved Display convey a sense of cutting-edge sporting presence.

An array of luxurious equipment fitted as standard includes a Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System, an alarm system, an auxiliary climate control system, a wireless charging tray and a panoramic sunroof.

The BMW Curved Display provides the ideal platform for selecting the desired settings from the M Setup menu quickly and intuitively and also hosts the BMW iDrive. The new display and the operation thereof are based on BMW Operating System 8.5 and also offer M-specific readouts for all other vehicle functions.

Local availability

The new BMW M5 is expected to go on sale in South Africa during the last quarter of 2024 with pricing yet to be announced.