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18:52  07 december  2017
18:52  07 december  2017 Source:   Motoring Research

BMW 1 Series saloon 2017 review

  BMW 1 Series saloon 2017 review A brief drive in a China-only front-wheel-drive modelThis then, is a flavour of what to expect in Europe from next year, because BMW will not sell the 1 Series saloon in Europe however nicely you might ask through fear of stealing sales from the more profitable 3 Series saloon.

What's more, the car is great for long-distance driving , as well as being a joy in the city and on short journeys thanks to the Below is a brief look back at the five generations of the BMW M 5 that have gone before. That made the first BMW M 5 the fastest four-door series-produced sedan of its time.

2017 BMW 230i First Test Review: Back to the Future. The 2018 BMW M 5 ushers in a new era for the 32-year-old sport sedan nameplate, bringing with it the first application of all-wheel drive since its introduction and 600 twin-turbocharged ponies.

BMW had the perfect M5 back in 1998, with the E39 V8 model. It looked just right, the engine was a gem, the chassis perfect; it still feels great today. But since then, BMW has spent the best part of two decades trying to reproduce its magic. With middling success.

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And despite the addition of those extra gears and shafts up front, the AWD car should weigh about 200 pounds less than its rear- drive predecessor. 2017 mazda CX-5 grand touring AWD first test. 2017 BMW M 2 long-term arrival: as good as IT gets. 2018 BMW M 8 is already

2018 BMW M 5 F90 First Edition - Front Three-Quarter HD. When the engine is first started, the all-new BMW M 5 will be in all-wheel- drive mode (4WD) with Dynamic Key elements for the sporty driver are the variable rpm pre-warning field and shift lights that show the best time to shift gears.

The 2005 E60 V10 was wild. With a 5.0-litre motor that showed little interest until 4,000rpm, and revved to more than twice that, it was a bona fide supercar-saloon. Only the most talented could get the most from it though, and its ride was too stiff for the UK, and its gearbox diabolical.

The 2011 F10 M5 went too far the other way. This was the first turbo V8 M5, and in dialling out the rawness of the E60, BMW took away the excitement. This was a time when Mercedes-AMG was rolling out one snorty V8 monster after another; the M5 was unforgivably meek.

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Read our review of what is—for now—the quickest-ever BMW 5-series sedan. Get our first - drive impressions of the 2018 BMW M 550i xDrive Sedan. The quickest 5-series of all time. Just shy of its top speed, I back off at 244 km/h (152 mph). Sans a governor and on its optional 20-inch Michelin

BMW is doing its best to bring color back . Following its digital reveal in Need For Speed Payback, BMW finally shows off the real-life 2018 M 5 . All of this power and torque goes through an 8-speed automatic to an all-wheel- drive system, the first for an M 5 .

Cue the all-new F90 M5, a car that could be BMW’s Goldilocks M5: like the E39, not too raw but not too flaccid, a just-right modern M5 with a nice round 600hp to take on the latest, highly-acclaimed Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

This one, like that Merc-AMG has an M5 first, too: four-wheel drive. Because that much power is too much for just two rear wheels to handle. It combines an M-tuned xDrive multi-plate clutch central transfer case with an Active M Differential e-diff on the rear axle. But don’t worry, purists, you can still disconnect the rear wheels via a 2WD mode. You can still drift or do expensive rear burnouts.

UK prices start from £89,640 and deliveries begin in the spring. In a full year, BMW reckons it will sell nearly 1,000 of them in Britain, an eyebrow-raising number compared to just 466 cars sold last year (even the 2013 peak of the old car was only 789 models). This suggests BMW is confident the new car is a good ‘un. Time to find out: to Portugal.

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Even though the 2018 BMW M 5 hasn’t been released just yet, the car has both been spied testing with camouflage and it has even been driven by some The previous M 5 has been one of the most successful cars in its class but it wasn’t the best . With this new model BMW hopes to get back at the

2018 BMW M 5 is a blast compared to its predecessor. It had remarkable 400 hp, but more importantly, it was probably the best driving sedan in the world to this day.

First impressions

2018 BMW M5 G30 © BMW 2018 BMW M5 G30 The test cars looked gorgeous in their rich, deep blue (a new colour called Marina Bay). But, compared to a Mercedes-AMG E 63 or Audi RS6, maybe it still needs a bit more drama. When even 520d M Sport have bespoke front bumpers, the M5’s humongous air intakes somehow don’t seem as standout as they could.

Granted, there is a bespoke aluminium bonnet with central bulges (it’s so light, you have to give it an almighty slam to close it properly), plus M door mirrors and front wing gills. It has a carbon fibre roof, rear diffuser and quad exhausts, a tail lip spoiler and, on UK cars, standard 20-inch wheels. Perhaps all it needs are more muscular front wings, to fully show off the wider track.

Inside, it is far more M than before. Prominent on the M steering wheel (with M tri-colour stitching) are bright red ‘M1’ and ‘M2’ buttons. Behind, the starter button is bright red.

2018 BMW M5 G30 © BMW 2018 BMW M5 G30 The G30 5 Series’ already-impeccable interior is enhanced further with luxurious M trims, detailing and features: we love the bespoke M gear shifter, with now-intuitive three-level shift profile (lazy, normal, revvy) button on top.

Williams in talks with Rowland over 2018 seat

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During the last 20 years, this first BMW M 5 and all its successors have made their mark, always setting the Above all, there is one thing the BMW M 5 gives to its driver : driving pleasure at its best . (07-11-2017) 2017 Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept. (07-11-2017) 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

This is our first taste of the 2018 BMW M 5 , and the big news is that it'll feature four-wheel drive for the first time in the nameplate's now 6-generation history. There are huge amounts of traction and grip and the new M 5 really does telegraph its limits remarkably well , whether the surface underneath is

The seats are visual works of art and feel great to sit in. Same for the rear chairs, and four-zone air con is standard. Pity Apple CarPlay is optional though, as are the cool M-colour seatbelts of the test cars. Carbon-ceramic brakes are an option too – they have gold calipers, compared to the blue of standard M5s.

The M1 and M2 buttons store user-definable profiles, for the M5’s various customisable features. Engine response, suspension firmness and steering weight are the three obvious ones, but there are also five traction setups – DSC stability control on, M Driver Mode (MDM) which gives it leniency, or DSC off: then, pick from 4WD, 4WD sport (a bit more rear bias) and 2WD (where it all goes to the rear). This is a car for enthusiasts, so, yes, there’s a lot to learn…

First drive

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Settle in and thumb the red starter button. The V8 doesn’t quite have the start-up cacophony of a Mercedes-AMG, all spluttering exhausts and firework-crack nonsense. Instead, it starts to a fast idle with a burble, exhausts rumbling bassily for 10 seconds or so, before settling to its normal tickover. This feels very motorsport.

There’s an ‘exhaust’ button on the centre console. You can have normal, where it sounds V8-ey but not too loud, or sport which, via flaps in the exhaust brings more of that V8 bass into the cabin. Again, it’s not as wild as a Merc-AMG, but better than the old car, with its largely digital sound enhancement that so riled enthusiasts. We defaulted to ‘on’.

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First Drive : Heroic performance comes easy to the 2018 BMW M 5 , and to its driver. Thanks to technologically sophisticated sedans like the new 2018 BMW M 5 , you can lap a track like a pro did just a few years ago.

We take BMW 's new 2018 M 5 for a spin around their Miramas testing facility in France to see if BMW and M have found their way back to There's a well run-in BMW M 4 GTS in front of me travelling quickly. First up, BMW M has breathed on its twin-turbocharged 4.4L V -8 to release more power.

It starts off jolly nice. The G30 5 Series is a lovely car to drive; the new F90 M5 is a lovely fast car to drive. The suspension has a nicely purposeful attitude, with just enough firmness to feel special in everyday use without being crashy or uncomfortable (despite the 20”s). There’s little softness in the steering and the engine is as easy-work as you’d expect a 600hp motor with maximum pulling power on offer from below 2,000rpm to be.

But the old car showed the M5 could be as nice as a 520d in daily driving, too, without always feeling like it was straining at the leash or struggling to overcome the concrete in its dampers. The extra edge when you steeped things up was lacking, though: go over 8/10s and it left you cold. How does the new one fare? Time to up the speed…

2018_BMW_M5_G30_06 © BMW 2018_BMW_M5_G30_06 We skipped into M2 mode, which BMW had predefined with Sport engine, steering and dampers. It became revvier, more hunkered down, with steering that initially felt rather solid after the lightness of regular mode, but soon felt perfect – because of four-wheel drive.

The clever system seems to have given the new M5 a much tighter, crisper front end. It’s wieldy, tidy, responsive, scything through corners quickly and with confidence. It’s a car you can drive harder and harder, feeling ever-more balanced and poised. There’s nary a trace of softness from the nose, always a fear of four-wheel drive cars; BMW has added drive to the front axle without adding its penalties.

The slice of extra stability control freedom from MDM mode soon underlines this. With time, it’s soon almost second nature to tuck the nose of the M5 tidily and early into corners (that lack of understeer, see) then feed in the power and feel the rear end tweak out just a little, just enough to signal its rear bias. It’s exceptionally feel-good and always in total control – again, the confidence this car breeds as speeds rise is exceptional.

Harvey earns part-time IndyCar drive with Michael Shank Racing in 2018

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2018 BMW M 5 . New direction for M: all-wheel drive and no stick shift. Not only can the S7 please enthusiast drivers with its fluid responses and beastly power, it also hides hatchback versatility under its swept- back design.

In spite of possessing the reality that BMW did not desire to rid yourself of its Very best Driving a car Devices advertising and marketing as well as the back -wheel drive collection This product has been the first one to encouraged some enhancements that were deemed to be unthinkable in the 2000s

600hp is a formidable sum for any car, particularly a four-door super-saloon. But the new M5 manages to show it’s not too much, and is, in fact, an entirely appropriate amount of power. 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds (yes! Just 3.4 seconds!) has you thinking it must be rabid, but it’s no such thing. Yet BMW M’s skilful tailoring of the four-wheel drive means it hasn’t been anesthetised out of all recognition just to handle all this power.

2018 BMW M5 G30 © BMW 2018 BMW M5 G30 So long as you don’t have the three-mode gearbox shift profile turned right down, the eight-speed is pretty intuitive in picking gears. The V8 thus rarely feels soft in response – BMW’s given it new turbos, higher injection pressure and a new charge-air intake system to up the crispness, meaning it feels less obviously boosted than before. It’s more immediate and more enjoyable as a result.

Later, we tried manual control for the various modes. Sport Plus steering was too heavy, almost solid. Same for Sport Plus dampers, too aggressive and high-frequency for on-road use. We preferred Sport all round; others mused even Sport dampers were a bit too firm for the highway. Having such choice in a regular car is overwhelming, but in an M5, it’s somehow natural to keep on tweaking and tailoring – and maybe even then later discussing it in an enthusiast forum…

Later still, it was out to the Estoril, Portugal track, following BMW Junior whiz-kid Nico Menzel (pronounced, amusingly, ‘Mansell’). Away from the constraints of the road, it’s obvious just how monstrously fast this new M5 is. We start off on M1 mode, which BMW has tuned to be sporty, but not all-out hot, so we can get our eye in. Menzel isn’t hanging about and the ruthlessly efficient speed of the car raises eyebrows.

Then, M2, which gives us a rear bias with a safety net (two-wheel drive was for later, with the track closed, for smoking it around individual corners for the snappers…). This is immense fun. The challenge becomes to use the tight front end to get it fixed into a corner as early as possible, then slam in the power and get a bit of a drift going for as long as possible. It’s immensely rewarding and almost child’s play easy.

Carlin to enter IndyCar in 2018 with Chilton and Kimball

  Carlin to enter IndyCar in 2018 with Chilton and Kimball Carlin has announced that they will join IndyCar in 2018 with Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball as its drivers. Both cars will complete a full season, with engines supplied by Chevrolet. Chilton and Kimball have both driven for Carlin in other series in the past. Team-mates at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2016 and 2017, both lost their drive with CGR after the team reduced to a two-car programme for 2018. Chilton’s links to the team are well-known; he has driven for the team in British F3, GP2 and most recently Indy Lights, and his father Grahame serves as the team’s CEO. The British driver also drove in Formula 1 for the Marussia team in 2013 and 2014, although he failed to score a point. 2018 will be Kimball’s first IndyCar season with a team other than Chip Ganassi Racing, having driven for the team from 2011 onward. Kimball has a single IndyCar victory to his name, back in 2013, but finished behind Chilton in the drivers’ standings last season. Both drivers bring financial backing to the team. Kimball, who is diabetic, is sponsored by Novo Nordisk, a healthcare company that produces Insulin. Chilton is sponsored by insurance firm Gallagher, who also sponsor his brother Tom in WTCC. Team Principal Trevor Carlin said of the announcement. “We’re delighted to finally be able to announce our entry into IndyCar, the result of a long-term ambition of the team.

Tested on Track: The New, All-Wheel Drive 2018 BMW M 5 . That's what a good sports sedan should deliver. And that's what the new M 5 has brought back . First Drive : The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

2018 BMW M5 G30 © BMW 2018 BMW M5 G30

Oh, and the brakes. Our cars were fitted with gold-caliper’d carbon ceramics. Which were humongous, lap after lap. The way they slowed the M5 into Estoril’s tight right hander, M5 squirming as the speed was shed, was quite something. We did six laps following a racing driver in a hurry, and there was no wilting even on the final round. M cars are track-capable and don’t tire, say BMW engineers. This is.

First verdict

The new 2018 F90 BMW M5 is an undoubted return to form after its nice but disappointingly drama-lite predecessor. It’s crushingly fast on all roads, precise and rewarding, the V8 sounds decent and the interior is a simply beautiful place to enjoy it from.

The move to four-wheel drive has only enhanced it. The considerable power is much more usable and the extra control and incisiveness it brings is vivid. It sharpens the M5, rather than softens it, with that two-wheel drive mode still there for drift-happy, tyre-smoking purists.

2018 BMW M5 G30 © BMW 2018 BMW M5 G30 Perhaps it could still look a bit more ‘M’, although this understated-ness has long defined the model compared to brash alternatives such as Mercedes-AMGs. Perhaps the engine could have some more AMG gutturalness. It does take a bit of time to unlock its full talents and, of course, it’s not cheap.

But still, the new M5 is a great car. A better car than an Audi RS6, easily. A better car than a Mercedes-AMG E63 S, though? On that, we’ll have to wait until the cars are in the UK. We feel the M5 could be the driver’s choice, but we won’t pre-empt the twin-test.

This is, however, the best BMW M5 since that fabled E39 V8. Whether it’s good enough to topple it in the M5 hierarchy, only time in the UK will tell…

Five rivals

  • Mercedes-AMG E63 S
  • Audi RS6
  • Porsche Panamera 4S
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
  • Lexus GSF

Prices

2018 BMW M5: £89,640

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Carlin to enter IndyCar in 2018 with Chilton and Kimball .
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