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2018 BMW M5: Friendlier on street, more ferocious on track

For better daily driving characteristics, the new 2018 BMW M5 gets an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. But wild performance capabilities are also still on the menu.

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2018 BMW M5

For 2018, the BMW M5 is all-new with a more powerful engine, all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.

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2018 BMW M5

A 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 powers the sport sedan making 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

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While the previous M5 was available with a dual-clutch and manual transmissions, the new model uses an eight-speed automatic.

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The move to a traditional automatic gearbox was in response to customers wanting smoother performance around town.

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Switching to an all-wheel drive is another move made by the car makers based off of customer feedback.

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However, to please the die-hard enthusiasts, the M xDrive system features a rear-wheel-drive mode that sends all the torque to the rear.

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According to BMW, the new M5 can reach 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds.

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The save weight aluminum is used for the hood and front fenders, while carbon fiber-reinforced plastic is used for the roof.

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Carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option, but require customers to upgrade to the optional 20-inch wheels, too.

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The 2018 BMW M5 goes on sale next spring and will begin at $102,600, Destination costs is an additional $995.

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2018 BMW M5

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