The BMW The M5 has long been considered one of the most popular sedans on the market. From the first generation E28 released in 1985 to the present day, the BMW M5 has been the benchmark. Unfortunately no longer offered, the M5 was also available as a car in some previous generations and was a real Audi RS6 Avant challenger.
The current generation M5, the F90, was released in 2017. Something special and controversial about the The F90 was the shift from a rear-wheel drive system to a modern four-wheel drive systemalbeit retarded. The sportier M5 Competition was released in 2018 and was the best performing version before the M5 CS was launched in 2021.
At the moment, however, the new BMW M5 CS is the Sports saloon 2022 to buy. Let’s take a look at all the reasons why it might be the best sports sedan ever produced.
9 The extensive use of carbon fiber makes it surprisingly lightweight
From the hood to the roof and rear spoiler, BMW has not skimped on the addition of carbon fiber. It’s not just for aesthetic enhancement either, the carbon is used to reduce weight and improve performance.
All this leads to the M5 CS tipping the scales by 1,825 kg. As a result, the car offers the best power-to-weight ratio of any BMW ever produced at 6.32 lb/hp. No “M” car before the M5 CS has ever achieved a power-to-weight ratio below 6.6 lb/hp.
8 Brake fade is not a problem
The M5 CS is equipped with carbon-ceramic disc brakes as standard. Carbon brakes are much more suitable for high-performance driving than regular steel brakes, which can fade with heavy use.
Since this is a track oriented car, it was a sensible idea for BMW to include them as standard. Many manufacturers make ceramic an expensive option in their top-performing models.
7 It’s almost hypercar-fast
Under the hood of the BMW M5 CS is a technologically advanced twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8. The unit pumps out an impressive 635 horsepower, or 10 horsepower more than the M5 Competition. The car’s oil supply system has been worked on to provide maximum response under acceleration, via the use of a map-controlled oil pump. This technology is an aspect that contributes to a large number of horsepower developed.
With a quick 0-60 mph time of just 2.6 seconds and a quarter mile time of 10.6 seconds, the car can easily outrun any new supercar thrown in its path. For example, it is faster than the brand new Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador, which do 0-60 in 3.2 and 2.9 seconds respectively. It will even outperform some older hypercars, such as the McLaren F1 (3.2 seconds to 60) and the Jaguar XJ220 (3.6 seconds to 60).
6 A certified track weapon
While the M5 CS offers great performance on the road, its true home is the race track. The suspension of the car is specially tuned for the Nürburgring. Combined with an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox, BMW’s x-Drive four-wheel drive system helps the car reduce maximum power and improves cornering at high speeds.
Factory-fitted Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires further improve track handling. Compared to the M5 Competition, the CS has firmer engine mounts and rides about 10mm lower.
5 Instantly identifiable looks
As something of a sleeper, those with the untrained eye will just see a regular 5 Series sedan. However, for those in the know, the M5 CS is easy to separate from the rest of the 5 Series lineup.
Extensive use of gold accents is the main designation and gives the M5 CS a unique and premium look. Then, of course, there’s the huge rear diffuser and carbon fiber front splitter, among other aesthetic changes. The daytime running lights also emit a distinctive yellow glow.
4 It is still practical as a daily driver
Based on the regular BMW 5 Series, the M5 CS has many aspects that make it a very practical and useful daily driver. The unmistakably large sedan body style means the M5 CS can comfortably accommodate adult occupants in the rear. However, unlike the standard car, the CS can only accommodate two in the back because of the large sculpted seats. If we’re honest, how often is the middle seat in this type of vehicle actually already occupied, so it’s not a huge loss?
The CS has a payload that is identical to both the standard car and the M5 Competition, with a generous 530 litres. What the CS does suffer from is the loss of the ability to fold down the rear seats. The regular 5 Series and the Competition both offer this feature, so if this is a deal breaker then maybe consider the Competition. This is the compromise of having those special rear bucket seats.
3 The exclusivity should mean that values remain strong
With production limited to around 1000 units, the car is fairly exclusive, especially as production is limited to the 2022 model year. The car is likely to become a popular model with enthusiasts both now and in the future, as the 4, 4-litre V8 won’t be around for long.
This is a car designed for the gearhead purist. The CS logo appears throughout the interior to remind occupants of the car’s exclusivity. Unfortunately, we may never see a car like this again, given the electric revolution and increasingly strict emission standards. Consequently, residual values should remain high for the foreseeable future.
2 The interior is really special
Just like the regular BMW 5 Series, the interior of the CS is a very nice place to stay. Infotainment is centered around a 12.3-inch screen and the latest version of BMW’s iDrive is very smooth and easy to navigate. In addition to using the touchscreen, the system accepts voice and even gesture control.
Audiophiles will be pleased with the car’s Harman Kardon sound system, and heated seats enhance the comfort on offer.
1 The Nürburgring is embossed on the headrests
The M5 CS rewards owners not only with its exceptional performance and wide capabilities, but also with a number of notable design features. As an Easter Egg of sorts, BMW has marked the contours of Germany’s legendary proving ground, the Nürburgring Nordschleife, on the car’s headrests. This feature is not only reserved for the front seats, the circuit can be found on all four seats, a very nice touch.
The chairs themselves are something special, they are beautifully designed buckets. The integral M5 logo even lights up and adds that little something extra.