New BMW M5 CS Feels Like A True Racecar On The Track

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Watch the new range-topping 5er hit the track.

BMW builds some seriously fast sports cars, and the German manufacturer has really been pushing the boundaries with its range of M cars in recent months. The latest warrior to join the stable is the 2022 BMW M5 CS. This hyper sedan is the fastest and most powerful production BMW ever and whereas the M badge used to represent a standalone model, the CS moniker now places this M5 in the top tier. It was only yesterday that we got a proper look at the production model, and the numbers are astounding, but what is it like on the road? In a recent video, BMW gives us our first taste of what this car is all about.

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In the video, BMW factory driver Connor De Phillipi takes the first BMW M5 CS built for the US on track. He immediately comments on the power and torque, but is also astounded at how much more agile the car is when compared to the standard M5 "which was already very responsive". He also commented on the effect the use of materials has on the driving experience: "the Alcantara steering wheel and deep bucket seats give this car a true race car feel. It's amazing what a difference materials can make in a car," he said.

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So what exactly makes the M5 CS tick? Well under the hood lies the same S63 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that's found in the M5, but in CS guise it produces a mighty 627 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The CS is also 230 pounds lighter than the M5 Competition thanks to a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, hood, mirror caps, and rear spoiler, and lightweight forged alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. Stiffer engine mounts, carbon-ceramic brakes, and tweaked suspension also contribute to the extreme performance on offer. The M5 CS will sprint to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds and top out at 190 mph. The M5 CS should arrive in the second half of 2021 at a price of $142,000.

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