Since the first hand-built model in 1985, the BMW M5 has been an icon of performance. Fast forward 35 years and this expectation and reality still holds true. Now available for the first time as a M5 CS model, it delivers everything we love about the BMW M experience, but with more flair and performance than ever before.
THE HEART OF IT
The M5 CS is unrivalled in so many ways. A lot of this comes down to the 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology, which delivers an impressive 635hp. This is 10hp more than the M5 Competition. That translates to 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 750Nm. And paired with the M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, it’s no surprise that it goes from 0 to 62mph in 3.0 seconds.
THE M DIFFERENCE
The M5 CS features a V8 engine that is fitted with optimised turbochargers and a maximum injection pressure of 350 bar. This allows for quicker injection times, which improves the atomisation of fuel. Improvements have also been made to lubrication and cooling. The oil pan has a small front sump and an indirect charge air cooling system, which is extremely effective. The oil supply system also uses a fully variable, map-controlled pump for superior performance during acceleration.
It’s not just the engine that makes the M5 CS so special. The chassis, which builds on the BMW M5 Competition, features a seven-millimetre drop and has shock absorbers that were initially developed for the BMW M8 Gran Coupé. What’s more, it’s fitted with enhanced engine mounts that have a spring rating of 900N/mm. Why is this important? It essentially strengthens the engine’s connection to the car’s structure, and helps with rapid engine response and the transmission of its power to the drivetrain.
Carbon Fibre is used extensively on the M5 CS because it is both lightweight and strong. This perfect combination is what gives the vehicle its standard M Carbon ceramic brakes; they deliver superb stopping power, excellent durability, and are 23kg lighter than the M Compound brakes on the BMW M5 Competition. In total, the Carbon Fibre parts contribute to a near 70kg weight reduction over the BMW M5 Competition. Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) is used for the bonnet, the front splitter, exterior mirror caps, rear spoiler on the bootlid and the rear diffuser.
STRAP YOURSELF IN
Nothing sets the tone like four individual M Carbon bucket-style seats. Exclusive to the M5 CS, this seating combination taps into the spirit of M and BMW’s rich legacy within motorsport. This is also seen with the outline of the legendary Nürburgring circuit, which is imprinted on the head restraints.
Other elements include M Alcantara steering wheel with Carbon Fibre gearshift paddles, M xDrive capabilities, and the M Mode button. This allows the driver to switch between ROAD, SPORT and TRACK modes, with the M View in both the instrument cluster and the Head-Up Display when in SPORT mode.
Almost everywhere you look on the M5 CS, there is a beautiful detail that sets it apart. From the front, the kidney grille and M gills are finished in Gold Bronze. At the rear, the sports exhaust system boasts a quartet of stainless-steel tailpipes. Along the side there’s another touch of Gold Bronze finish on the 20-inch M forged wheels in Y-spoke design, which are complemented by illuminated M5 CS badges on the door sill finishers. Even the six-piston fixed-calliper units at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear feature the M logo and are painted in Red with, of course, an optional Gold finish available.
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