2019 BMW M5 Performance
There is no denying the impressive allure of a car that produces over 600 horsepower. Officially, the BMW M5 Competition model will give you 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. However, according to some tests, the M5 may be even more impressive than that.
Under the hood, the M5 has a 4.4-liter V8 engine with twin-scroll turbochargers. It also comes standard with an impressive xDrive all-wheel drive system. The base M5 model has an output of 600 horsepower, while the Competition model gets a bit of a boost.
The M5 is designed to perform at the highest levels. Helping it get there are engineered features like the contoured Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic roof. This gives it a lower center of gravity and a dramatically reduced weight, when compared to previous models
Recently, Car and Driver put the M5 Competition through its own testing and came back with some surprising results. They put the M5 Competition on a rolling dynamometer, often called a “dyno,” and got a peak rating of 617 horsepower and 606 lb-ft of torque.
While this is the horsepower rating released by BMW, this should not be the result at the wheels. For the test, Car and Driver ran the M5 in its sixth gear to achieve a direct-drive or 1.00:1 ratio to avoid torque multiplication from its standard eight-speed transmission.
With these results, the M5 sedan’s engine is likely much more powerful than BMW says it is, possibly close to 700 horsepower
Another clue to BMW possibly understating the M5 sedan’s power is that despite weight more than 2,000 pounds, the M5 Competition can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds.
The only way to experience the true performance of the M5 is by driving it. Everything inside is designed to put the focus on driving like the Head-Up Display and the Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster.
We can describe power all day long, but if you’re ready to see the reality of the BMW M5, contact us at BMW of Fort Wayne.