We all knew this was coming ever since BMW revealed the 5 Series LCI and straight away hinted that the M5 will receive a special badge. It was easy enough to guess because elevating from the existing competition badge you get the CS (Clubsport). Like all the CS models, it should be lightened, acquire a boost in power and have a distinctive exterior styling to tell the difference. All of that leads to a track-focused sports car such as the M3 CS, M4 CS and M2 CS but the question that lies here is whether a fast, business class sedan is capable of joining that established bunch?

That is difficult to answer until one has been behind the wheel, so for now we can only trust all the things that BMW M claims on the press release such as statements like “…treats four people to an extraordinary driving experience…”. I wouldn’t say that’s bold of BMW M to say such because history dawns how capable they are in turning ordinary BMW models into track weapons. Prime example, the legendary E28 M5 which was blistering fast at that time, so there is not much doubt there.

Engine and Suspension

The S63 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine has gone the tweaking process to produce 635 hp (467 kW), which is 10 hp (7 kW) more than the M5 competition but torque remains at 750 Nm, making it the most powerful BMW ever made. It is mated to an 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox with M Drivelogic, used to customize the way the transmission shifts. This combination allows the M5 CS to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds which is 0.3 seconds faster than the competition model and it has a limited top speed of 305 km/h.

The M Carbon ceramic brakes come as standard painted in red with the M logo or it can be finished in gold as an option. They are 23 kilograms lighter than the M compound brakes found in the M5 competition and they offer better stopping power. Moving on to the bespoke suspension setup, it has been lowered by 7 millimetres with a more refined, stiffened and lightened chassis to account for better handling and agility. Comfort has not been compromised as there is an addition of precise dampers and shock absorbers that should guarantee a tolerable ride.

Like the competition model, the CS has M xDrive which allows a switchable driving characteristic from 4WD to pure 2WD mode for skids and doing donuts to show off to your mates. The bespoke sport exhaust is said to be louder and more satisfying but can be silenced through the M Sound control, not sure if they are exaggerating because performance cars coming out these days are being softened by the EU regulations and that might be the case with the M5 CS.

Design

To distinguish it from the rest of the M5 pack, the CS highlights a Gold Bronze theme that can be seen on the kidney grille surround, wheels, M badges and M side gills. Not only that but it should be evident enough with the standard L-shaped laserlights that illuminate a distinctive yellow tone when low or high beam is activated. This is a paid hommage to the motorsport history of BMW race cars with yellow headlights, a nice touch if you ask me. It is riding on 20-inch Y-spoke wheels wrapped in 275/35 R 20 front and 285/35 R20 rear Pirelli P Zero Corsa track tyres.

There is extensive carbon fibre used on the car to shed weight, 70 kilograms of it has been dumped through this process. The whole bonnet, front splitter, mirror caps, engine cover, intake silencer, rear boot lid spoiler and rear diffuser are all made out of carbon fibre. That should put the price in a very difficult bracket. Finishing off the exterior look are the two exclusive BMW individual colours which are Frozen Brands Hatch Grey Metallic and Frozen Deep Green Metallic.

Interior

The exciting part in the interior are these beautiful M Carbon bucket seats which come as standard and also the two individual rear bucket seats. Both are covered in Merino leather with contrasting panels and decorative stitching in Mugello Red. The outline of the Nurburgring circuit is displayed on the head restraints. The M steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara with the steering spokes in Black Chrome trim and the paddle shifters made out of carbon fibre. The arm rest is wrapped in black Merino leather with red double stitching and the storage tray has been removed. The CS badge can be seen on the instrument panel and in between the rear seats. There are illuminated M5 CS badges on the door sills as well. The interior design screams exclusivity and that goes along with the price that will be charged for each of the M5 CS produced.

This is a limited-run special edition M5 with a planned 12 months production period meaning there will be a small amount of them on the road, so seeing one will be rare. Only 5 units will be coming to South Africa. Price? In Germany it will start as 180 400 euros which directly translate to R3 309 706, it could be even more in SA. It is expected to launch in the second half of 2021.

Source: BMW M5 CS press release