$102,600–$102,600 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 BMW M5. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    17 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    600-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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2018 BMW M5 First Drive

Brian Wong

There is always risk involved when it comes to remaking an icon, and BMW at the very least deserves props for its chutzpah in moving the redesigned 2018 M5 in a direction very different from each of its predecessors.

Related: 2018 BMW M5 Preview

The new M5 gets a slew of cosmetic updates, including a new front bumper with three giant air intakes that help funnel air to the cooling systems and the brakes, a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof to reduce weight and an updated rear diffuser flanked by two pairs of exhaust pipes.

Those are all window dressing, however; the big change (and risk) lies in what goes on under the M5's skin. Previous generations of the M5 were all foundationally rear-wheel-drive performance sedans, but for 2018 there's something new down there: standard all-wheel drive. And there's one other change, which is understandable given current trends but still leaves me a bit misty-eyed: no more manual transmission. All M5s will come with an eight-speed automatic.

These updates have some purists worried: Will the M5 still be a true performance car? Or will it turn into a cushier, comfortable sedan that can go fast in a straight line but loses some (some would say "more") of its character?

This is where I tell you that this was the first M5 I've driven, and in one respect I'm kind of glad: It meant I got to evaluate the M5 in a vacuum, no waxing nostalgic for the RWD car or the manual — the 2018 M5 got a clean start ... Read More

2018 M5 Video

Move over, M550i. BMW's new 2018 M5 is the new top dog in the 5 Series lineup. We got a closer look at the performance sedan at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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I would like to have one M5 one day...

by Sameergtr from Port Louis on April 10, 2018

No word to say for this car its too much Powerful and beautiful.I believed one day i will have my Bmw m5 very soon .. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2018 BMW M5 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 BMW M5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker