At the end of March 2018, BMW’s new F90-generation M5 will be launched in South Africa to take the fight to the latest Mercedes-AMG E63 S. So, just how much will this all-wheel-drive super-sedan set you back?
Well, while the local arm of the Munich-based automaker has yet to add the new M5 to its official price list, the high-performance saloon does appear on BMW SA’s configurator, where it is priced from R1 746 094.
Of course, should you be willing to spend yet more cash, there's an extensive options list that includes items such as 20-inch alloys (up from the standard 19-inch items), various leather packages for the cabin, an uprated sound system, seat massage (and heating/ventilation) functions, active cruise control, night vision, M carbon-ceramic brakes and even a trailer tow hitch. And, naturally, there's also the (R36 800) M Driver’s Package that raises the electronically limited top speed from 250 km/h to 305 km/h.
As a reminder, the new M5 draws 441 kW (between 5 600 and 6 700 r/min) and 750 N.m (from as low as 1 800 r/min all the way through to 5 600 r/min) from its 4,4‑litre turbocharged V8 heart. Drive is sent to all four corners via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission thanks to a new, switchable M-specific xDrive system (complete with a so-called drift mode).
And that allows the sedan to claim the title of the fastest accelerating road-legal, production BMW ever. Yes, the new M5 rockets from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 3,4 seconds and from standstill to 200 km/h in a claimed 11,1 seconds.
Read our international driving impression here for a taste of what's to come…
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