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BMW M5 2018 Pricing And Spec Confirmed


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BMW Australia has fired off a warning shot to its rivals, announcing that the bahn-storming M5 will be priced sharply from $199,900 before on-road costs when it arrives in the second quarter of next year.

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Two variants will be on offer initially, with the range-opening, market-specific Launch Edition restricted to 50 units, while the $229,900 First Edition will be limited to five examples.

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Both will be powered by the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, which produces 441kW of power from 5600rpm to 6700rpm and 750Nm of torque from 1800rpm to 5600rpm.

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These outputs, combined with a switchable 'M xDrive' all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed 'M Steptronic' automatic transmission, allowing the M5 to dash from standstill to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 305km/h (when the 'M Driver's Package' is fitted).

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Comparatively, the Mercedes-AMG E63 and E63 S are priced from $209,900 and $239,990 respectively, with the $40,000-cheaper M5 matching the latter in the triple-digit sprint despite its 9kW/100Nm deficits. Additionally, the E63 S also falls shorts in the terminal velocity stakes, by 5km/h.

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Standard equipment in the 1855kg M5 includes bi-colour 20-inch alloy wheels (275/35 front, 285/35 rear), adaptive LED headlights, LED daytime running lights (DRLs), bootlid spoiler, carbon-fibre roof panel, rear 'Active M' differential, dynamic damper control and an 'M Sport' exhaust system.

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Inside, a 10.25-inch 'Navigation Professional' touchscreen multimedia system, full-colour head-up display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless smartphone charging, full-leather 'Merino' upholstery, power 'M' sports seats, 'Walknappa' leather-trimmed instrument panel, 'Anthracite' roofliner, paddle shifters and a leather 'M' steering wheel feature.

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\"Inside, Inside, the M5 has a 10.25-inch 'Navigation Professional' touchscreen multimedia system.

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Driver assist and safety technologies extend to adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, auto emergency braking, pedestrian detection, steering assist, lane control assist, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear cross-traffic alert, crossroads warning, evasion aid, rear collision prevention, park assist, front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree cameras, lane departure warning and lane change warning.

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Three driving modes – '4WD', '4WD Sport' and '2WD – are available, with each adjusting engine, transmission, 'M xDrive', steering, suspension, traction and stability settings.

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Two option packages for the Launch Edition are offered, with the $8000 'Indulgence Package' including soft-close doors, massaging front seats, TV functionality and two high-resolution 10.2-inch rear passenger displays with Blu-Ray drives.

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\"The The $229,900 First Edition will be limited to five examples.

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Meanwhile, the $3650 'Innovations Package' features roller sunblinds, ventilated front seats, four-zone climate control, an 'Ambient Air Package' and gesture control.

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Other Launch Edition options include 'M' carbon ceramic brakes, Apple CarPlay, 'Night Vision', electric glass sunroof (no cost, replaces carbon-fibre roof), a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins 'Diamond' surround-sound system and an 'M Carbon' engine cover, with the last two standard on the First Edition.

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The dearest M5 variant also features the 'Indulgence Package' and 'Innovations Package' but misses out on gesture control and massaging front seats.

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However, the First Edition is headlined by its 'BMW Individual' highlights, including 'Frozen Dark Red' metallic paintwork, 'Jet Black' 20-inch alloy wheels, extended 'High Gloss Shadow Line' exterior trim, 'Piano Black' interior trim and 'Smoke White' full-leather 'Merino' upholstery with red contrast stitching, as well as an 'M5 First Edition 1/400' interior build plate.

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Claiming a fuel consumption figure of 10.5 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle test, the four-door, five-seat M5 pair emit 241 grams per km of carbon dioxide.

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2018 BMW M5 list pricing

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BMW M5 Launch Edition – automatic – $199,900
BMW M5 First Edition – automatic – $229,900

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