Hold on to your seatbelts.
If you spot a BMW M car out in the wild, it's usually safe to assume that it's faster than whatever you're driving. BMW has been building M cars for close to fifty years, and has gone from strength to strength. The current M lineup includes the excellent BMW M2, and of course, the big daddy BMW M5 CS. According to BMW, the M5 CS is the brand's best performer. With 627 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque on tap, this machine has no problem sticking with more exotic machinery. BMW loves pushing the boundaries, and as the brand readies the next M5, which some rumor will have a 750-hp hybrid engine, the current M5 shows uswhy it's still the king. And in the following video, we get to see an M5 CS set an incredible 0-60 mph time.
First off, we should talk about the car's engine, power figures and stats. This executive sedan is powered by an S63 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, delivering 627 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. That's an increase of 10 horses over the standard M5. Power is sent to the rear-biased AWD system via an eight-speed automatic transmission, but drivers can choose to send all the power to the rear when the need arises. A total of 230 pounds has also been shaved off of the curb weight. BMW claims a zero to sixty time of 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph.
In the video, the car is prepped for launch by placing it in manual mode with 4WD activated, launch control activated, and DSC turned off. BMW cars are known for their delicate launch control systems that often fail to deliver good results, but in the video, the M5 CS simply squats down and powers ahead. The run reveals a 0-60 mph time of only 2.81 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds, beating the factory numbers by a significant margin. We always knew this car was fast, but this is a staggering discovery.