BMW M has debuted the M5 CS, the brand’s most powerful model to date.
Based on the M5, the M5 CS is also equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 that pumps out 626hp (467kW, 635PS) and 750Nm. In comparison, the M5 delivers 591hp while the M5 Competition produces 617hp.
The M5 CS is 70kg lighter than the M5 Competition. BMW says that it finishes the century sprint in 3 seconds and has a top speed limited to 305km/h.
Setting the BMW M5 CS apart from its M5 Competition sibling are a host of unique design elements.
The BMW M5 CS features a grille in Goldbronze, a finish that is also applied to the M gills and 20-inch forged wheels. Yellow accents can also be found on the L-shaped light tubes in the headlights.
Carbon fibre components are found throughout the vehicle. The bonnet itself is made from carbon fibre, as are the mirror caps, front apron splitter, rear splitter and rear spoiler.
To reduce the car’s weight, BMW engineers also reduced the sound insulation and PVC stitching. Together with the lightweight components, the BMW M5 CS is 70kg lighter than the M5 Competition.
Further highlighting the M5 CS’ performance are the four bucket-style seats in the cabin. Front passengers get M Carbon seats with integrated headrests, which have the outline of the Nurburgring circuit printed on them.
The steering wheel is upholstered in Alcantara, while the paddle shifters are made from carbon fibre. A fixed lid takes the place of an opening one on the centre console, and the oddments tray is also deleted to also reduce weight.
Compared to the BMW M5, the M5 CS has a 7mm lower ride height. The springs, suspension and anti-roll bars have all been modified to harness the car’s performance.
Another addition to the M5 CS are the dampers, which are taken from the M8 Gran Coupe. M carbon ceramic brakes, which are optional on other M models, are also standard here.
The M5 CS is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 that pumps out 626hp (467kW, 635PS) and 750Nm of torque. It is equipped with xDrive (all-wheel-drive) as standard, with a switchable rear-wheel-drive mode.
Zero to 100km/h takes 3 seconds, and the car can do zero to 200km/h in 10.3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 305km/h.
BMW Asia says the M5 CS is expected to arrive in Singapore in the third quarter of this year. Limited units will be available.
BMW M5 CS 4.4 (A)
ENGINE 4395cc, 32-valves, V8, turbocharged
MAX POWER 626hp (467kW, 635PS) at 6000rpm
MAX TORQUE 750Nm at 1800-5950rpm
POWER TO WEIGHT 343hp per tonne
GEARBOX 8-speed automatic with manual select
0-100KM/H 3 seconds
TOP SPEED 305km/h (governed)
CONSUMPTION 8.8km/L to 9.2km/L (WLTP combined)
AGENT Performance Munich Autos
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