2018 BMW M5 production commences in Germany

December 3, 2017

Production of the 2018 BMW M5 has officially commenced at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Germany, as it prepares for its showroom arrival next year.

The all-new model was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in August, boasting a number of impressive performance stats and technology firsts. One of the biggest would have to be the introduction of a switchable all-wheel drive system.

BMW M decided to give the M5 an all-wheel drive system for the very first time. But to ensure the traditional fans wouldn’t be upset, BMW M engineers managed to create a system that offers both all- or rear-wheel drive at the touch of a button.

Not only that, the new model is also the most powerful and quickest version yet. It uses an evolution of the outgoing model’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, which now produces 441kW and 750Nm. This is sent through an eight-speed automatic, capable of seeing 0-100km/h come up in just 3.4 seconds.

Market entry in Germany will commence in March, along with the US and UK, with Australian customers scheduled to start receiving their orders a little later during the second quarter.

Despite prices rising in some regions, such as the US, the starting price of AU$199,900 for the new M5 in Australia is about $30k lower than the outgoing model’s starting price of approximately $230,000. Could this make it the most popular M5 version yet? We’ll have to wait and see.

The first example to roll of the production line was a Snapper Rocks Blue version, in left-hand drive. It will likely be sent to a customer in Europe.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.