As the high-performance variant for the BMW 5-Series, the BMW M5 has evolved into one of the most capable sports sedans on the planet. Since 1985, when the first handcrafted BMW M5 was introduced, BMW has offered a new M5 for every model year.
BMW M5 F10 (2011–2016)
Unveiled during the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW M5 (F10) is the first M5 to be powered by a twin turbocharged V8 engine. An upgraded version of the twin turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine used in the BMW (E70) X5 M, the motor in the BMW M5 F10 was capable of producing 553hp and 502 lb.-ft. of torque. The well-equipped BMW M5 F10 could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4-seconds and had a top speed of 190 mph (with the BMW M Driver’s Package).
For the 2014 model year, BMW introduced the BMW M5 (F10) Competition. The BMW M5 Competition Package yielded improved handling, lower ride height and more horsepower. The 4.4-liter in the BMW M5 Competition could generate 567hp. In 2015 maximum output for the BMW M5 Competition was increased to 591hp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque.
Production of the BMW M5 F10 ended in October 2016.
BMW M5 F90 (2017–present)
Unveiled in August 2017 at Gamescom, the current generation of the BMW M5 (F90) is the first M5 to use an all-wheel drive configuration. The BMW xDrive powertrain is biased towards the rear wheels and can be (electronically) configured to send power to the rear wheels exclusively. Despite the all-wheel drivetrain, the BMW M5 F90 was 88-pounds lighter than the F10 version of the BMW M5.
The BMW M5 F90 is powered by the same 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 as the F10, but it was tuned to produce 592hp and 553 lb.-ft. of torque – again making it one of the most capable production sedans in the world. The BMW M5 F90 could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8-seconds and had a top speed of 155 mph (174 mph with the M Driver’s Package).
Introduced in 2018, the BMW M5 F90 Competition offered enthusiasts better handling, lower ride height, unique wheels and a less restrictive exhaust system. The 4.4-liter twin turbocharged engine in the BMW M5 F90 Competition was tuned to generate 617hp and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. Car and Driver Magazine found that the BMW M5 F90 Competition made 617hp at the rear wheels; meaning that power was dramatically underestimated at the crankshaft. This version of the BMW M5 Competition could accelerate from 0 to 60 in 2.7-seconds.