An all-new BMW M5 super-sedan has been revealed for the 2018 model year, packing all-wheel drive, 553 lb-ft of torque, and 600 horsepower into a sleek four-door wrapper. It’s another predictably strong effort from the German brand that just about invented the super-sedan segment.
Yet, as impressive as the new M5 is, Cadillac CTS-V owners can breathe a sigh of relief; the BMW’s 600 horsepower is appreciably lower than the Cadillac’s 640 hp, and the former’s 553 lb-ft torque max falls quite short of the latter’s 630 lb-ft. The new M5 is, therefore, outgunned right from the very start – at least on paper. That’s even more true when weight is taken into account, as the 2018 BMW M5 could weigh as much as 4,350 pounds, according to Car and Driver‘s estimation. The Cadillac CTS-V weighs in at around 4,140 pounds.
The 2018 BMW M5 will also be the first in the model’s history not to offer a manual transmission as an option, shipping exclusively with an 8-speed planetary automatic (like the Cadillac). The new car can’t even boast a stick over the third-generation CTS-V.
Now, all-wheel drive will help the new BMW M5 in the launch and acceleration departments, and BMW’s chassis tuning expertise is well known, though has seemed to lose its reputable edge in recent years. Despite this, the added grip from the M5 could prove faster than CTS-V around the track, regardless of the power deficit. But then again, nobody should doubt the proven abilities of the Cadillac. The CTS-V was nearly 10 seconds faster than the previous M5 in the famous Lightning Lap test, after all.