When the new BMW M5 F90 hits the market in spring 2018, many drivers of the previous BMW M5 F10 will be asking themselves: Is it worth the change for me? As always, the answer to this question depends heavily on personal preferences and circumstances; after all, a car does not get worse just because its successor is launched on the market. But those who are used to always driving the top model and thus the crowning glory of a series are usually not satisfied with the second best solution for long.
Our picture comparison shows the BMW M5 F10 — deliberately without a facelift, after all, the BMW M5 F90 also competes without a facelift — and its successor side by side from comparable perspectives. This makes the differences in design particularly visible. The angular and therefore more aggressive air inlets of the front apron catch the eye at first glance, and of course the solution adopted from the 5-series G30 with headlights that reach right up to the kidneys ensures a completely new look.
At the rear, the basic theme remains unchanged, with four tailpipes framing a diffuser. The reflectors integrated into the rear apron on the side and upright make the BMW M5 F90 even more clearly recognizable as an M model than its predecessor, even at night. Both from the back and the front, connoisseurs can recognize the new top model on the carbon roof, which has an unmistakable contour with its central recess.
While the design is, as always, a matter of taste, from a technical point of view practically everything speaks in favor of the BMW M5 F90: Compared to the BMW M5 F10, the successor is more powerful, lighter, more traction and of course equipped with the much more modern range of safety and assistance systems. With its 600 hp, it is no more powerful than the exclusive 30-year-old edition of its predecessor, but compared to the earlier series M5 it is still 60 hp more powerful.
In the sprint from 0 to 100, however, this additional power has a dramatic effect, because thanks to the M xDrive all-wheel drive, the BMW M5 F90 achieves a factory specification of 3.4 seconds — a value that remains unattainable for the predecessor with 560 hp and rear-wheel drive. And if you want, you can also drive the new BMW M5 F90 as a pure rear-wheel drive: the M xDrive has a 2WD mode in which power is completely dispensed with to the front wheels.