BMW has revealed its 2018 M5 performance saloon wearing new parts from the Germany company's 'M Performance' range. The upgrades add an aggressive look to the car, but they don't offer any more power – we'll have to wait until the CS model arrives for anything that exciting.
Making its debut at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the performance saloon has gained an aerodynamic body kit encompassing numerous carbonfibre components. Optional items such as the front bumper attachment, extended side sills and a rear spoiler are all available for those willing to pay extra.
An elaborate rear diffuser can be added as well and the wing mirror covers can even be specced in carbonfibre for added effect. For an additional cost (as with everything), the latest M5 can be equipped with M Performance coilover suspension with red springs and adjustable spring plates.
With the car's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 552bhp, the M5 needs some serious stopping power and you can have it with carbon ceramic brakes benefitting from brake pads derived from the ones used by the company’s racing cars.
To make sure everyone will know you’re not driving a run-of-the-mill M5, body stripes in the M colors will be offered. There’s even a carbonfibre engine cover available to impress your friends, while on the inside you can order a sporty steering wheel combining Alcantara with carbonfibre. The lightweight material has even been used for the shift paddles and the gearstick cover to complete the package.
Other accessories from the M Performance catalogue tailored to the M5 include floor mats, key wallet (with carbonfibre of course) and an LED projector built into the door that lights up once you open it, though we would avoid it because it's terrible.
Most of the extras will be available from March 2018 when the M5 is scheduled to go on sale, with the rest of the items slated to be launched in July. Check with your BMW dealer for detailed availability.