BMW unveils new M5

German brand BMW has unveiled the latest in its long line of super saloons – the F90 M5.

This is the sixth generation of the performance model, which is based on the BMW 5 Series but comes with a lot more power and a more dynamic setup.

On this occasion, the M5 is fitted with a 4.4-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine that produces 600bhp – making it the most powerful version ever – which can take the saloon from 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds. The top speed is limited at 155mph.

The speed and performance is enhanced by an M-specific xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which is a first for the M5, and an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission for quick gear changes.

The exterior shell has been enhanced to improve downforce over the standard model and improve cooling for the engine. Many of the exterior materials have been changed to lighten the car also, with aluminium sections replacing many of the steel body sections and the roof being made out of carbon fibre reinforced plastic.

BMW unveils the new M5
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BMW unveils the new M5

All this performance doesn't come at the cost of equipment though, as you get many mod-cons, such as leather sport seats, central touchscreen media system with gesture control, a head-up display and M-Sport multifunctional steering wheel.

This is the latest model in a long line of M5 models, which started with the E28S that was first introduced in 1984 and was the fastest four-door production saloon at the time of release.

Prices are yet to be announced for the UK, but based on European prices it will cost in excess of £100,000. The M5 will be on sale from February 2018.

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