A new contender has joined the high-performance premium business sedan game as BMW Group Malaysia welcomes the arrival of the F90 BMW M5. Priced at RM943k, the M5 is looking to give the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S a good run for its money.
Unveiled globally in August 2017, the M5 has gone on to score several accolades to its name such as the 2018 World Performance Car of the Year at the 2018 New York International Motor Show and two Guinness World Records for the longest drift and the longest twin-vehicle drift.
|Name||F90 BMW M5|
|Engine||4.4-litre; BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8|
|Transmission||8-speed M Steptronic automatic|
|Max Power||600 hp @ 5,600 – 6,700 rpm|
|Max Torque||750 Nm @ 1,800 – 5,600 rpm|
|0 – 100 km/h; Top Speed||3.4 seconds; 250 km/h|
|Price (OTR without Insurance)||RM942,759.86|
Visually, the M5 is as understated as any other G30 5 Series. Blink and you’ll miss the M-Specific body kit, M wing mirrors, carbon roof and rear ducktail spoiler. Shoutier bits include the M front fenders, quad exhaust outlets and 20-inch 706M style M double-spoke lightweight alloy wheels.
Standard stopping power comes from the M compound brakes identified by the blue-painted six-piston fixed front callipers and single-piston callipers at the rear. For an additional RM95,000, you can have the M Carbon Ceramic Brakes fitted that shaves 23 kgs and provide stronger and more consistent stopping power. Onlookers will know your M5 is serious business thanks to the Gold painted callipers.
Inside, the M5 retains much of its business saloon luxury with standard features include Merino leather upholstery (Argon & Black or Black), aluminium carbon structure with dark chrome highlight interior trim, powered front seats with memory function, BMW Navigation Professional 10.25-inch Touch Display with Gesture Control and Harman Kardon sound system.
Separating the M5 from its lesser siblings are the M-specific LCD instrument cluster and Heads-Up Display, M multifunctional steering wheel with M1 & M2 drive mode select, M gear selector with Drivelogic control, bucket styled seats, red start button and illuminated M5 door sills.
Open up the aluminium hood you’ll find a 4.4-litre BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine developing 600 hp and 750 Nm of torque which is available from a lowly 1,800 rpm. Century sprint is done and dusted in 3.4 seconds, onwards to a governed top speed of 250 km/h.
The F90 M5 is also the first M5 to feature the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The M xDrive can work in tandem with the Dynamic Stability Control to programme the car into three driving modes – 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD, the latter puts the car to be purely rear-wheel driving without any electronic nanny.
For those inclined, BMW Group Malaysia offers a range of step-up options for customers to spice up their M5. Starting from the Performance Pack which costs RM30,000, it includes an M Sport Exhaust System, M Carbon Engine Cover and M Seat Belts; Advanced Safety Pack with Driving Assistant Plus for RM15,000 and Entertainment Pack that adds Rear-Seat Entertainment Profession with Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System for RM55,000.
Priced at RM942k, the F90 BMW M5 is available in Marina Bay Blue metallic, Donington Grey metallic and Singapore Grey metallic as the standard colour palette, but the company is willing to expand the colour choice if you ask nicely.
All purchase of the BMW M5 comes with a 5-Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Schedule Service, 2-Years or 24-Months Tyre Warranty Programme, BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline, BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App, BMW White Card Elite and BMW Service Online.