What is that? Want a faster, more powerful BMW M5? Well, you’re out of luck. CS (which stands for Competition Sport today at BMW) gets a 10hp boost over the already pretty powerful BMW M5 Competition – and through the liberal use of carbon fiber, magnesium, and just the removal of a few things, for example. As one of the rear seats, it also manages to weigh about 150 pounds less. However, the BMW M5 price Malaysia still remains stable.
As you’d expect, the M5 CS looks a bit different, too, but not so much that most people can tell it apart from the regular M5. Inside, the CS has grotesque (but wonderfully supportive) seats, more faux suede, and a host of other details. But what can you really do at the limit with a 4,100-pound sedan? Turns out a lot. Thanks to information from Wapcar, let’s go to our quiz and open the notebook.
Unimaginable speed on the road
Our test driver stepped out of the M5’s cockpit as if he’d just seen a ghost. It turned out that even after testing cars like the Lamborghini Huracan, Shelby GT500, Porsche 911 GT3 and Tesla Model S Plaid, the M5 CS caught him off guard.
Do note that:
* 0-60 in 3.0 seconds (2.7 seconds on deployment)
* A quarter mile in 10.8 seconds at 127.5 mph
Yeah, OK – we’ll just sit here and pretend that the 3 seconds 0-60 FROM ONE SEDAN 4,100 POUND isn’t that bad anymore. This is fast everywhere. Even dropping it running and hitting the gas (which is our key run – no launch controls) the M5 will drop pretty much everything else on the road. Power is great and the gearshifts, especially in the lower gears, make the most of the M5’s redundant all-wheel drive. 100 mph is here before you know it, and the transmission kicks off the swings without too much drama. Not a fan of the rear-rotating tachometer, but basically the M5 moves very close to the red line in every gear.
Using launch control (best to read the manual to set it up) unlocks some intense acceleration. Building up the turbo boost until launch control is ready only adds to the drama. Release the brake would trigger one of the fastest 60 mph runs I’ve ever run. Even with all-wheel drive, there was a bit of slippage before the M5 disappeared on the track.
As fast as the M5 in its key travel, launch control makes all the difference, slashing the 60mph time by more than half a second while hitting a quarter mile six-tenths sooner at a quicker 4mph. It’s as fast as the Lamborghini Huracan and the Shelby GT500. It will also be able to accommodate four adults and a bunch of luggage. Crazy. This may be the ultimate V8 stand, but that’s what I’m here for. You’ll want to protect your things even with slightly tamer (but still excellent) Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires in place of CS’s optional Pirelli P Zero Corsas tyres, this massive Bimmer still fights a war against physics. Let’s go to the stops first:
* 60-0 in 99.5 feet
* 1.04g around our touchpad
On the first bike, the M5 still ran the brakes and the carbon-ceramic tires were hot, but it stopped very well with great control. Then the M5 stops just below or just over 100 feet 60 at a time. Had the front tire been wider, or fitted with the optional Pirellis, it might have performed a bit better. However, the M5 offers exceptional confidence and stability. The stop is no drama. Pedal feel is good, and the M5 has the power to stop before it’s halfway through. Those stops didn’t faze him, and I’m pretty sure that one day it won’t be on the track either. All carbon ceramics.
Now let’s move on to the slide and the handle ring. Seriously, you’ll want to keep personal items to a minimum if you’re driving hard. You should make sure that the tires are only slightly warmed up before running on the slide. The first half lap of the skateboard, the M5 gave me a bit of a spin and needed some serious steering to avoid skidding. Welcome to the party!
Again, we can’t just shrug off the fact that this is a 4,100-pound sedan that can pull a good G-spot on the slide. Cornering is quick at first, but the M5 doesn’t offer real steering and I found the weight to be too light even in the sportiest mode. It’s the same story in M3, M4, X3 M and X4 M.
In short, the driving feeling of the BMW these days is a bit uncomfortable. But that doesn’t mean the M5 doesn’t have a stick. The balance is excellent and the throttle is well established, providing accuracy and immediacy without jerks. With a little time and a little confidence, you can confidently approach your limits. Ridiculous seating also does a great job here. Tires work well, but the front tire 255 gets a little narrow, overheats after a few laps and the grip starts to weaken.
Even then, the M5 fades in slightly below and allows you to let go of everything with a light press of the gas. This car is really impressive. There’s a Drift mode, but I wouldn’t dare – unless you have the space and three sets of spare tires. I would love to see this eat it in one day of tracking. We don’t know who asked for a racing version of the M5 in Bavaria, but we’re glad they did.