BMW Malaysia has taken to social media to announce that the F90 BMW M5 will be making its way to our shores to rival against Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s E 63 S. The holy grail of 5 Series’ will join BMW Malaysia’s line up of M cars – the M2 and M4.
Other than the seven colour options available which include Singapore Grey Metallic, Marina Bay Blue, Bluestone Metallic, Alpine White, Snapper Rocks Blue, Black Sapphire and Donington Grey, the company did not reveal further information such as launch date or price tag.
The F90 M5 is powered by a heavily revised 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 churning out 600 hp and 750 Nm of twisting force, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The party trick here is the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system that comes with a rear-biased set-up as standard and three driving modes – 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD – the latter allows the M5 to be purely rear-wheel driven with “no control systems to hold it back” meaning, sideways action!
The century sprint is done and dusted in 3.4 seconds, on par with the E 63 S but top speed (with M Driver’s Package option) is 5 km/h higher than the three-pointed star at 305 km/h. As standard, the M5 comes with M compound brakes with blue-painted six-piston calipers at the front and single-piston items at the rear, also blue-painted. There is the option for the M Carbon Ceramic brake kit that sheds 23 kg of weight with the calipers painted exclusively in gold.
Separating the M5’s cabin to a standard G30 are the M-Specific digital instrument cluster, iDrive system, Heads-Up Display, gear lever, M Sport seats, red start button and red-painted M1 and M2 buttons (allow the driver to instantly select from two individual setups for the M5).
If the E 63 S’ price tag is of any indication, the F90 BMW M5 when it arrives should be priced close to the million-ringgit mark. BMW Malaysia, if you’re reading this, any chance the M5 First Edition painted in Frozen Dark Red will be coming to Malaysia too?