THE ULTIMATE M5
Written by Andre James
Photography courtesy of BMW USA
A limited-production super sedan only available for the 2022 model year, the 2022 M5 CS Sedan builds on the capabilities of M5, which itself was updated for the 2021 model year. The four-passenger seating configuration, with M carbon sport seats in the front and two individual bucket seats in the rear, is a first for the M5 variant.
The simple formula of increasing power and cutting weight elevates performance and dynamics for both street and track driving. The S63 4.4-liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 delivers 627hp, an increase of 10hp over the Competition model. High levels of power and torque and working through the 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all wheel-drive system, the M5 CS reaches 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the M5 Competition model. The top speed with the standard M Driver's Package is 190 mph. To help drivers hone and harness all that power, the M Driver's Package also includes a voucher for BMW driver training.
The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission provides extraordinarily short shift times and fast, precise responses to the accelerator's input. Simultaneously, the dual-branch, electric flap controlled sport exhaust system, with quad stainless-steel tips, fitted to the M5 CS, amplifies and enhances the V8's soundtrack while giving the option for quieter operation when necessary. The exhaust tone's characteristics are changed depending on the selected mode – EFFICIENT, SPORT, or SPORT+. Additionally, the M Sound button can soften the exhaust tone for a more understated note.
Pressing the SETUP button positioned takes the driver to the 12.3-inch central display's menu for programming an individual configuration for the powertrain and chassis options (ROAD, TRACK, and SPORT modes). Simplified operation using the touchscreen display or iDrive Controller makes it easy to choose different engine, suspension, steering, and M xDrive system settings. The two red-painted M1 and M2 buttons next to the gearshift paddles on the M Alcantara steering wheel enable quick changes between setups.
Exclusive exterior appointments include a unique gold bronze finish on the BMW kidney grille surround, the model badging, and the 20-inch forged alloy wheels. A striking feature of L-shaped light tubes within the Adaptive LED headlights is the application of racing-inspired yellow instead of standard white. The M5 CS represents the first application of red calipers with BMW Carbon ceramic brakes.
Notable inside the cabin are seats clad in black Merino leather with Mugello red accents and contrasting red stitching. Imprinted on all four is a map of Nurburgring's Nordschleife, one of two circuits at the legendary race track, and where the M5 CS was put through its paces during development.
Scheduled to arrive at dealerships later this year, those interested in reserving a BMW M5 CS Sedan from this limited run, which will have a starting price of $142,995, can inquire online at bmwusa.com.