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The BMW M5 has always offered supercar-besting performance in a practical four-door body. The 2018 model year managed to keep the trend going, but has brought even more to the fabled nameplate. Now in its sixth generation, the M5 follows the same recipe as previous generations, but comes with more everything – more power, more luxury features, and more capability. Few vehicles can match the M5 on and off the track, making the sedan a force to be reckoned with.

What's New for 2018

The BMW M5 is all-new for 2018. The sedan now comes with all-wheel drive, which is a first for the M5.

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The M5 really is a powerhouse of a sedan. The vehicle features a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that makes 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. That's an increase of 40 hp and 53 lb-ft from the last generation's twin-turbo V8 motor. Unlike like the last-gen M5, the current iteration of the sedan is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is the only available drivetrain for the vehicle, as well.

While the changes may scare some diehard enthusiasts, the M5 is still blisteringly quick. Zero to 60 mph takes just 3.2 seconds, while the car has a top speed of 190 mph when properly equipped. Fuel economy figures haven't been released for the M5 yet, but fuel economy isn't one of the reasons a consumer would purchase the high-performance sedan.

In addition to all of the M-Performance components, the M5 also comes with luxury features that are expected to come with a full-size sedan that starts at $103,595, including destination. On the outside, the M5 features 19-inch wheels with non-run-flat performance tires, adaptive full LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated and power-folding mirrors, and a "M" rear spoiler.

Standard interior features for the M5 include: 20-way power front seats, leather upholstery, aluminum carbon interior trim, a Harman Kardon 16-speaker audio system, a three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen, a head-up display, automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, and heated front seats.

Available packages on the M5 include the Driving Assistance Plus Package ($1,700) that brings Active Driving Assistant Plus. The system includes the automaker's latest safety technology: blind-spot monitoring, daytime pedestrian protection, lane departure warning, front collision warning with city collision mitigation, active lane keeping assistant with side collision avoidance, evasion aid, adapative cruise control with stop & go, traffic jam assistant, and front and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Executive Package ($4,000) adds a mix of luxury, tech, and safety features to the vehicle. Active park distance control, a power rear sunshade, front and rear heated seats, four-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, front ventilated seats, soft-close automatic doors, parking assistant plus, front massaging seats, and a surround-view monitor.

Other available options including carbon ceramic brakes ($8,500), a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system ($3,400), and night vision with pedestrian detection ($2,300).

CarsDirect Tip

Sticker shock is bound to happen with the M5, especially as it's one of the more expensive M cars. But the blend of performance, luxury features, and space is unlike anything else on the market. While expensive, the Executive Package brings everything a driver could ever need in one package. Drivers wanting extra braking performance that are willing to spend the extra $8,500 will be impressed with the carbon ceramic brakes.

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