Everyone’s speaking about the first BMW M car (if you don’t count the X5 M and X6 M SUVs) that will get an all-wheel drive system. It’s the new M5 we are talking about, a car that will be powered by a retuned version of the brand’s 4.4-liter V8 biturbo engine, mated to an automatic transmission and a new rear-biased xDrive.


It’s going to be one hell of a machine – that’s for sure. But how good exactly? It’s too early to say, since we haven’t even seen it officially yet, but our colleagues at Motor1-UK had only positive things to say after driving a prototype of the high-performance sedan. There’s also a new video from BMW, showing factory driver Timo Glock sitting together with BMW Head of Development M Automobiles, Dirk Hacker, in a prototype of the M5 - and it looks like a fast ride.

Gallery: 2018 BMW M5 new spy photos from the Nurburgring

It’s clear that the new M5 won’t be the M5 we’ve used to see and drive, but don’t worry – it’s still going to be a true BMW M beast, as Shane O' Donoghue from Motor1-UK says.

“If you do opt for the BMW [M5], it would seem that the M division has delivered on its promise of retaining a rear-drive experience with the added security of four-wheel drive and the M xDrive system makes the new M5 a better and more interesting car than it would have been without it.”

2018 BMW M5 Prototype
2018 BMW M5 Prototype
2018 BMW M5 Prototype

That’s what Glock also has to say – it’s so fast that “you almost need racing seats in here,” but you still notice “the additional drive from the front-axle drive.” Simply said, it will probably be faster in corners and safer at high speeds. But will it be as fun as the old ones? Give us a couple of months and we will have all the answers.

Source: BMW M

Gallery: 2018 BMW M5 Prototype

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