Hybrid power for wickedly quick new M5

Set to land in Q4 of this year, and featuring a hybrid powertrain, the 2025 BMW M5 will be capable of putting down 525kW of power and 1000Nm of torque. It features technology derived from the Hybrid World Endurance Championship (WEC) race car.

Under the hood, a 4.4-litre M TwinPower Turbo V8 is married to an electric motor – integrated into 8-speed M Steptronic transmission, alongside an M xDrive all-wheel drive system and electronically controlled active M differential for storming performance.

The new M5 can accelerate from rest to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds, while Australian-delivered models will achieve a top speed of 305km/h due to the offering of an M Driver’s Package as standard equipment.

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The sports exhaust system integrates electrically controlled, continuously adjustable flaps to provide a sonorous note that is channelled through four tailpipes, each measuring 100mm in diameter. As an added bonus, it can also drive in all-electric mode.

That capability can propel the BMW M5 to a top speed of 140km/h, while the high-voltage battery that feeds the motor has a usable energy capacity of 18.6kWh. This enables an electric-only driving range of around 68km.

BMW IconicSounds Electric, now a signature of electrified BMW models, provides an acoustic accompaniment to the workings of the electric motor. An M-specific electric drive sound provides authentic responses to throttle inputs in full EV mode.

Chassis dynamics are tuned to engage and to effectively put the ample power of the new BMW M5 to the road. Its sophisticated set up comprises a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle with bespoke kinematics and elastokinematics.

It also has adaptive M suspension with electronically-controlled dampers to optimise the body’s connection to the road. A distinctive styling package accompanies the power delivery and engaging performance of the new BMW M5 too.

It includes prominent wheel arch and side skirt extensions, a sculptural front apron and model-specific surfacing around the C-pillar, including an embossed ‘M5’ logo on the Hofmeister kink.

Twenty and 21-inch M light alloy wheels with distinctive designs feature on the front and rear axles. The interior similarly showcases elements that bring together luxury and high-performance, with tech that includes BMW’s latest OS 8.5.

Other highlights include a newly designed flat-bottomed steering wheel, Merino leather trim, the BMW interaction bar and ambient lighting, with M-specific interior lighting including welcome and goodbye animations.

A control panel on the centre console houses a model-specific composition of buttons that allow the driver to tailor the driving experience to their needs and preferences. This includes the setup switch that enables configuration of the drive system.

Likewise, the Drivelogic (transmission), chassis, steering, braking and M xDrive can all be adjusted, while different M HYBRID modes can also be selected via the centre console. Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus both feature.

The new BMW M5 will break cover at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, with Australian pricing to also be announced next month. Customer deliveries begin in November 2024, with more information available from your local dealership.

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