It’s the most hardcore BMW M5 ever built! That’s the conclusion you come to when you look at the specifications of the new M5 CS. BMW is going a step further and saying that it is the most powerful car in the history of BMW M.
Similarities with the standard M5 include a 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 engine, M xDrive all-wheel drive system, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and an Active M Differential. However, with a 635hp power output, the CS is 10hp more powerful than the M5 Competition, and 35hp more than the standard M5.
In addition to the increase in horsepower, the CS is around 70kg lighter than the M5 Competition and comes with bespoke chassis tuning. The M5 CS is also a strict four-seater, coming equipped with M Carbon bucket seats in front and two individual rear seats. One nice touch is the outline of the Nurburgring racetrack on the headrests.
Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 3.0 seconds, while its top speed is electronically governed to 305km/h. The M5 CS makes use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic for many body parts, including the splitter on the front apron, the exterior caps, boot lid spoiler, and the rear diffuser.
As mentioned before, the chassis has been tweaked over the M5 Competition. The M xDrive system has been tuned to deliver a more agile drive experience; which allows you to drive it in all-wheel drive (4WD) mode or rear-wheel drive (2WD) mode. The stiffer springs in the CS drop the ride height by seven millimetres in comparison to the Competition, and come with shock absorbers that can also be found in the M8 Gran Coupe.
The M5 CS rides on track-focused Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, which wrap forged 20-inch wheels front and rear, with a Y-spoke design and Goldbronze finish. The front tyres measure 275/35 R 20 while the rear tyres measure 285/35 R20.
The M5 CS also gets carbon ceramic brakes, which accounts for 23kg of the 70kg saved. It also comes with a sport exhaust system, which should give an aggressive soundtrack – it’s a flap-controlled system that allows for a quiet sound when driving normally, and a sporty sound when driving enthusiastically.
The M5 CS will be in available for sale as of spring 2021 at a base price of 180,400 euros in Germany or CHF 212,900 in Switzerland.
Written by Alex Kisiri