There’s a question that needs to be asked based simply on the nameplate “BMW M5 CS”: Does a person who drives an already ludicrously fast regulate BMW M5 need even more performance and handling?
BMW seem to think so, and their research and marketing departments will undoubtedly have the numbers to support the business case. This isn’t after all, an entirely new car just one that has had some tasty performance bits thrown at it to make it into a bit (more) of a thug. I’d love to see the customer profile…
We already have the M2 CS, M3 CS, and M4 CS so hey, why not make an M5 CS! This will be a limited run car however, BMW probably aware there are potentially less M5 CS customers than M2 CS customers.
In any case we shouldn’t be too critical or cynical, this is now the fastest production M5 of all time with an insanely powerful internal combustion 4.4-litre V8 engine with 467 kW/635 hp. In fact it’s the most powerful engine the M division have ever produced.
An eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system keeps all that power going to the right places but drift champions will celebrate the pure rear-wheel drive mode.
At 70kg lighter than the regular M5 Competition dynamics should improve too especially as the front and rear axle bearing springs have been retuned along with damper control. Standard the M5 CS rides on Pirelli P Zero Corsa track tyres (front: 275/35 R 20, rear: 285/35 R 20).
It will do the 0–100 kph (62 mph) time in 3.0 seconds, and from 0–200 kph (124 mph) in 10.3 seconds and onto a top speed of an electronically governed 305 kph (189 mph).
A four pipe stainless-steel sports exhaust comes as standard along with M Carbon ceramic brakes with red or option Gold callipers.
Inside there’s fine-grain black Merino leather covered M Carbon seats in the front. The headrests have an illuminated M5 logo along with an outline of the Nürburgring circuit. The M Alcantara steering wheel gets a centre marker perforation with red background for that “I really am a race car” look and behind, changing gears will be via carbon fibre paddles. And out goes the centre console armrest replaced by a fixed lightweight cover with other CS touches throughout the cabin.
Most notably on the outside is the “Gold Bronze” accents on the kidney grille surround, “M5 CS” badging, M gills on the front wings and the boot lid, and 20‑inch M forged wheels in Y-spoke design. When on low beam, high beam or the Welcome Light is switched on the L-shaped light tubes of the BMW Laser headlights illuminate yellow instead of white.
It will be available in Brands Hatch Grey metallic paint it can be ordered with matt paint finishes of Frozen Brands Hatch Grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.
Are these improvements enough to warrant the CS moniker for the M5? Often a car is more than the sum of its parts or spec sheet…