BMW’s M5 CS Is Its Fastest Production Car Yet

The M5 variant can rocket from zero to 97km/h in just 2.9 seconds.

By Bryan Hood 28/01/2021

BMW’s M models are high-performance by definition, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement. Which is why the automaker will release an even more powerful variant of the M5 later this year.

Unveiled on Tuesday, the 2022 M5 CS is a lighter and more muscular version of the high-performance sedan—even with its souped-up  Competition package. It’s also a limited-edition model that will only be available for one year and only select markets.

2022 BMW M5 CS

2022 BMW M5 CS BMW

The M5 doesn’t lack for power. The base model features a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 that delivers 447kW and 750Nm of torque. But the marque’s engineers have been able to take the mill and squeeze in an extra 2okW (7 more than the M5 Competition). While some purists will roll their eyes at the lack of a manual transmission, the car’s acceleration numbers should more than make up for its exclusion. BMW claims the CS can rocket from zero to 97km/h in just 2.9 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the M5 Competition and easily makes it the automaker’s quickest production car, according to CNET Roadshow. A top speed of 305km/h isn’t too shabby, either.

But credit for the car’s lightning-quick acceleration time also belongs to its reduced weight. The CS weighs a full 104kg less than M5 Competition. This is mainly due to new carbon-fibre elements, including the hood, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear splitter and mirror housings, as well as all four seats in the cabin. Engineers also cut down on the amount of sound-deadening material throughout the car. These tweaks allowed the car to shed some serious kilos, all without having to sacrifice its all-wheel-drive system. And if you’re worried about the reduced weight changing how the car feels, fret not because BMW has adjusted the car’s springs and dampers accordingly.

2022 BMW M5 CS

2022 BMW M5 CS BMW

From the outside, the CS doesn’t look all that different from the M5 or M5 Competition, but it does feature several striking gold bronze accents, including on the kidney grilles, badging and forged 20-inch wheels. Inside, you’ll find special CS badging, illuminated M5 logos, Alcantara suede, the company’s latest iDrive 7 infotainment suite and a digital gauge cluster that’ll display even more info than the standard M5.

BMW Australia confirms the special model will arrive locally sometime towards the middle of the year. Prices start from $305,900 drive-away, or $274,900 excluding on-roads.

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