BMW M5 CS Launched, The Most Powerful M Car To Date

The M5 is the latest BMW M car to be blessed with the hardcore CS treatment. 

BMW has recently unveiled its sportiest M5 to date with the launch of this special edition CS model. One step above the already hardcore Competition spec M5, this particular ultra-sporty spec of Bavarian super sedan has been touted by its maker to be most powerful in the history of BMW M. 

Coming ahead of the M3, M4 and M2 CS, the supposed new flagship of the BMW M range is powered by the same 4.4 litre twin-turbocharged V8 as in the standard M5. Having said that, it has been fettled somewhat in this particular application to produced 635 hp and 750 Nm of torque. 

Mated to the same 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels courtesy of the standard M xDrive all-wheel drive, this extra 10 hp bump over the already mega-powerful M5 Competition further drops the 0-100 km/h time of the M5 CS to a blisteringly quick 3.0 seconds flat. Keep the throttle pinned wide open some more and it’ll hit the 200 km/h mark from a standstill in just 10.3 seconds, before topping out at an electronically limited 305 km/h. 

Of course, it is not just the engine on M5 CS that has been fettled, as a total of 70 kg of weight too has been saved over the Competition thanks to a whole host of interior parts like the bonnet, rear diffuser and even engine cover are now being made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Additionally, BMW M is keen to point out that the suspension and chassis has been further refined to adapt to the lower vehicle weight (and ride height) of this particular model. 

In order to differentiate the CS from a hum-drum M5 on the outside, it is not all that hard thanks to the liberal applications of Gold Bronze accents on the kidney grille, side vents, 20-inch alloy wheels and (optionally) on the calipers that clamp down on standard ceramic brakes. Other exterior highlights worth a mention includes the standard stainless steel exhaust with the prerequisite quad-pipes, not to mention the plethora of exterior exposed carbon fibre trim pieces. 

Stepping inside meanwhile, the cabin of the M5 CS gains four individual bucket seats. All of which feature black merino leather upholstery, red contrast stitching and the outline of the Nurburgring inset into each of the headrest, with the front two even being carbon-backed with an inset illuminated M5 logo. 

Aside from just having four seats, the interior of the M5 CS can also be differentiated from the other M5s in the range thanks to a fixed lightweight cover on the centre console replacing the armrest lid, as well as the standard carbon fibre paddle shifters in the pursuit of further weight savings. An Alcantara-wrapped M steering wheel, M5 CS emblems on the dashboard and illuminated M5 CS side sills complete the cabin changes over the standard model. 

Set to go on sale in spring of this year, prices of the M5 CS has been slated to start from €180,400 (RM 890,000) in its home market of Germany, a massive €50,000 (RM 245,000) increase over the starting price of the already costly M5 competition. Nevertheless, there will still be some out there who will happily pony up the cash just to have the privilege of owning the ultimate four-door missile on wheels. 

PRESS RELEASE: BMW M GmbH is expanding its ranks of ultra-sporty CS models with the introduction of the BMW M5 CS. The limited-run, exclusive special-edition model treats four people to an extraordinary driving experience and blends standout performance attributes with an exclusive and luxurious appearance.

The 4.4-litre V8 engine with 467 kW/635 hp makes the BMW M5 CS the most powerful car in the history of BMW M. Standard features include the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which also offers a 2WD mode for pure rear-wheel drive.

Rigorously applied lightweight design enables a weight saving of some 70 kilograms over the BMW M5 Competition. With retuned bearing springs at the front and rear axle and further refined damper control, the chassis has been adapted to the lower vehicle weight and the increased performance potential of the standard mixed-size Pirelli P Zero Corsa track tyres (front: 275/35 R 20, rear: 285/35 R 20).

The BMW M5 CS sprints from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.0 seconds, and from 0 – 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.3 seconds. Top speed is an electronically governed 305 km/h (189 mph).

The exceptional driving experience on board the BMW M5 CS can be enjoyed by four people – the driver and front passenger in M Carbon seats and two other passengers in the individual rear seats. The black Merino leather covers (fine-grain for the front seats) also feature eye- catching contrasting panels and decorative stitching in Mugello Red. The integral head restraints – with illuminated M5 logos for the front seats – display an outline of the legendary Nürburgring circuit.

The centre marker perforation with red background on the M Alcantara steering wheel is a classical racing car touch; the gearshift paddles are made from carbon fibre and the steering wheel spokes have Black Chrome trim. 

A fixed lightweight cover on the centre console replaces the usual armrest with opening lid. Its black Merino leather is complemented by red double stitching. The colour red is used again for the “CS” badging on the instrument panel and between the bucket-style seats in the rear.

The BMW kidney grille surround on the BMW M5 CS, the “M5 CS” badges on the kidney grille, the M gills on the front wings and the boot lid are finished in the bold colour shade Goldbronze, as are the 20-inch M forged wheels in Y-spoke design (front: 9.5 J x 20, rear: 10.5 J x 20). The door sill finishers come with illuminated “M5 CS” badges.

The L-shaped light tubes of the BMW Laser headlights illuminate yellow instead of white when low beam, high beam or the Welcome Light is switched on, bringing successful GT racing cars to mind.

The bonnet, front splitter, exterior mirror caps, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, M Power engine compartment cover and intake silencer are made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Some elements feature exposed carbon fibre.

Standard specification for the M5 CS includes its stainless-steel sports exhaust system with four unadorned tailpipes and the M Carbon ceramic brakes, whose callipers are painted in Red as standard or Gold as an option.

Available alongside the Brands Hatch Grey metallic paint shade are the exclusive BMW Individual matt paint finishes Frozen Brands Hatch Grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.

The market launch of the new BMW M5 CS will get underway in spring 2021; in Germany it will be priced at 180,400 euros.

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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