But we think it could be a whole lot faster.
The next-generation BMW M5 should be an extremely impressive car. The rumor mill has been humming away about what will be in store with the F90 M5, including a high-tech AWD system that can turn into RWD at the push of a button. BMW's competitors from Mercedes and Audi both use AWD to build rubber-burning mid-size super sedans, so it's not surprising that BMW is hopping on the bandwagon. It was difficult for the F10 to keep up with the 0-60 times of the AWD Audi and Mercedes, but according to BMW Blog this won't be an issue for the new M5.
According to a report by BMW Blog, the F90 M5 is rumored to hit 100 KPH (62 MPH) in 3.5 seconds. Considering that the new M550i xDrive is faster than the outgoing M5, this new M5 should be blisteringly fast. The Audi RS7 does 0-60 MPH in 3.7 seconds, although that car is aging quite a bit. The Mercedes E63 AMG was just introduced and does 60 MPH in 3.5 seconds or 3.3 seconds with the more powerful S version. BMW has some ground to make up given that the current M5 takes around 4.0 seconds to hit 60 MPH. However, when Car and Driver tested the M5 with the competition pack it recorded 0-60 times of 3.6 to 3.9 seconds. These are extremely impressive numbers for a RWD car.
Seeing as the current M5 is already much faster than its quoted acceleration times from BMW, we think that the new M5 could easily be faster than the rumored 3.5 seconds to 60 MPH. The German automakers have had a recent habit of underrating performance, so we could see the new M5 being tested at around 3.2-seconds which would put it in the same realm as cars like the Mercedes AMG GT and Jaguar F-Type. We are truly excited to see what the new M5 will be like.