BMW M5 CS revealed: most powerful ever, confirmed for Australia

January 27, 2021

It’s here. Well, it’s coming to Australia soon. The beastly new BMW M5 CS. This is the first Club Sport version of the iconic sports sedan ever, and it becomes the most powerful production car BMW has ever made.

The M5 CS follows in the footsteps of the M3 and M4 CS, and more recently the M2 CS. Lightness and the removal of unnecessary luxuries is the main philosophy, and of course maximum power. Some unique revisions are also made to the interior and exterior to help it stand out from the regular model.

Power comes from a tuned and tweaked version of the M5’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, so now it produces a colossal 467kW and 750Nm. This is sent through an eight-speed automatic with a switchable RWD/AWD system. In its peak settings, the sedan offers a blisteringly-quick 0-100km/h time of just 3.0 seconds. It also does 0-200km/h in a claimed 10.4 seconds, with a top speed electronically limited to 305km/h.

In short, it becomes one of the fastest and most powerful production sedans in the world. In fact, with a 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds, it’s actually in a very similar league as the Ferrari F8 Tributo supercar (2.9 seconds), and the Lamborghini Huracan EVO AWD (2.9 seconds) – mind-bending stuff considering this is a large luxury sedan.

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Speaking of luxuries, some features are removed to shed weight. For example, there are four individual seats inside including two special M Carbon seats for the front. An outline of the Nurburgring circuit is imprinted on the headrests, which suggests to us BMW M will soon be gunning for a sedan lap record.

The M5 CS also comes a vented carbon fibre bonnet, carbon fibre front splitter, side mirror caps, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser. As well as providing actual aerodynamic benefits, these parts contribute to an overall weight saving of 70kg over the regular M5 Competition. There’s also a bespoke exhaust system with stainless steel tailpipes.

Cosmetically, various highlights are fashioned in the traditional CS Gold Bronze, such as the front grille surrounds, front gills, badges, and for the exclusive 20-inch forged wheels. Diehard fans will also notice the special L-shaped light tubes for the Laserlight headlights, which glow in yellow. This is inspired by endurance GT racing cars.

Some bits and pieces are stripped from the interior, including the centre console arm rest, which is replaced by a carbon fibre fixture. BMW says this brings a “significant” reduction in weight. Alcantara is used for the headliner and rim of the M steering wheel, and the seat belts showcase red and blue stitching as a tribute to M colours.

Other unique touches include M Carbon ceramic brakes as standard, a specially-tuned M xDrive all-wheel drive system, and revised dampers, springs, and stabiliser bars, with the ride height dropped by 7mm. There’s also an M Sound Control button which the driver can use to soften the car’s “acoustic presence” and convert to a subtle tone.

BMW Australia confirms the special model will arrive locally during the middle of this year. Prices start from $305,900 drive-away, or $274,900 excluding on-roads. Orders are being taken online. See below for the key features:

  • 7kW power increase and 70kg weight reduction 
  • BMW Laserlight with yellow icon lights
  • M Carbon Ceramic Brakes (red callipers)
  • 20” Forged Gold Bronze wheels with track tyres as no-cost option
  • M Carbon Bonnet
  • M Carbon Roof, Front Splitter, Mirror Caps, Rear Spoiler and Rear Diffuser
  • Gold Bronze kidney frame and side gill inserts with M5 CS badging
  • M5 CS Door Sills, illuminated
  • M Alcantara Steering Wheel with Carbon paddles
  • Interior trim Aluminium Carbon Structure Dark with ‘CS’ logo
  • M Carbon Bucket Seats with Nürburgring imprinted head restraints
  • 2 Seat second row with lightweight bucket-style seats
  • Full Leather Merino/Alcantara with Mugello Red Stitching
  • Lightweight Carbon Centre Console
  • Ceramic Surrounds for Controls
  • Driving Assistant
  • Parking Assistant
  • harman / kardon Surround Sound System
  • BMW Individual Frozen Paintwork

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.