BMW’s 5 Series has long been the company’s executive offering, appealing to all types of car people, business people and people just wanting to show the world that they’ve made it. The saloon has always had a good recipe, and the range-topping flagship has always been something with an M badge on the back, but with the all-new 5 Series that’s just been revealed, there’s one rather notable change - the top dog in the fight is the BMW i5 M60 xDrive, and it’s a fully electric car. The BMW i5 M60 xDrive is powered by a pair of highly integrated electric motors - one attached to the front wheels and one to the rear allowing a decent total of 442 kW (601 hp) to be spread to all four wheels as an electric all-wheel drive system. The torque generated from this all-electric setup is rated at 820 Nm when M Sport Boost or the M Launch Control function is used. This enables means the larger, new BMW i5 M60 is able to rocket from a standstill to the 100 km/h benchmark in as little as 3.8 seconds. That’s mighty impressive. One thing that does seem a little lacking is the top speed. It’s not terrible, but for an M-badged model being electronically limited to 230 km/h (143 mph) seems a little low. Sure it can get there very fast, but even my 20-year-old GTi can do better. That said, this is BMW who is well-known for adding in extra charges and has been in the news recently for offering up what should be normal car features for an annual subscription fee, may offer up some sort of driver’s package to unlock a higher speed.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the folk at BMW M that features a walkaround of the all-new BMW 5 Series range-topper, the fully-electric i5 M60 xDrive. Times certainly have changed when a long-established automaker gives the highest run on the model range ladder to a fully-electric EV, but after seeing the video, it does make sense: THE NEW i5 M60 xDRIVE. Walk-around | BMW M
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