Last week, the 2018 BMW M5 was revealed, and the company says the high-performance sedan is the first vehicle to feature xDrive all-wheel drive.
While the bonnet and wings of the vehicle are made with aluminum, BMW kept the 4,200-pound sedan’s weight in check by the making the roof with CFRP. Other components such as the exhaust system helped also contributed to making the M5 lighter than its predecessor by 11 pounds.
The new BMW M5 is fitted as standard with M compound brakes, which are lighter than conventional grey cast iron items and therefore also bring down the car’s weight. With six-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating calipers at the rear, plus perforated, inner-vented brake discs all round, the M compound brakes have the speed-shedding power to befit the car’s dynamic potency. The optional M carbon ceramic brakes, which can be identified by calipers painted in a gold color and shave 50 pounds off the M5’s weight, can withstand even greater punishment.
The combination of lightweight materials throughout the vehicle help it reach a fuel efficiency of 26.9 miles per gallon. This is important, as automakers increasingly look to composites to meet demanding fuel economy standards. BMW has been a leader in this space with its i Series and 7 Series vehicles.
The 2018 BMW M5 is expected to reach showrooms in the spring of 2018. Official pricing will be announced at a later date.