Bold, fast, brilliant new BMW M5 CS moves über saloon game on in every respect

Here’s one we have been pining for weeks — the new full cream BMW M5 CS. We have followed the mules around in testing and the Nürburgring, hinted at its its spec and suggested how it will perform. But now here’s the official line on what we reckon will very soon be confirmed as the fastest standard saloon car ever to lap the Green Hell…


They promise BMW M5 CS sprints from rest to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds. We don’t believe them — BMW M notoriously under claims its cars’ performance — we expect it to dip into the late 2.8 second zone in the real world. For your family runabout? They also say M5 CS is good for 0–200 km/h in 10.4 seconds and that top speed is an electronically governed 305 km/h. And that it can sip as little as 10.9 l/100 km when driven nice, too.

The men at M further promise that this exclusive limited-run special-edition machine treats four people to an extraordinary driving experience in a blend of standout performance and unique exclusive luxury.

Now up to 467 kW, the 4.4-litre V8 M5 CS is also the most powerful BMW M car ever. CS carries the regular the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and M xDrive all-wheel-drive with its hooligan pure rear-wheel drive 2WD mode over from the regular M5. It also benefits a rigorous 70 kg diet over the BMW M5 Competition.


CS comes with M Carbon ceramic brakes with red or optional gold callipers. It also gets re-tuned bearing springs, while damper control is further refined. And the chassis is adapted to CS’ lower vehicle weight. And the increased potential of its standard mixed-size 275/35 R20 front and rear 285/35 R20 Pirelli P Zero Corsa track rubber.

You will immediately tell the CS apart — its Laser headlights illuminate yellow instead of white. And when parked you will quickly pick up on the unique M5 CS badges. Complemented by CS’s 9.5 J x 20 front and 10.5 J x 20 rear 20‑inch M forged wheels in Y-spoke wheels, its grille surround, M gills and other facets finished in bold Gold Bronze.

The bonnet, front splitter and rear diffuser, rear spoiler and wing mirror caps; the M Power engine compartment cover and intake silencer are all forged from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic. Some elements feature exposed carbon fibre and there’s a quad stainless-steel sports exhaust system too.


Strictly a four-seater, the new BMW M5 CS has M Carbon driver and front passenger and individual rear pews. They have black Merino leather covers with fine-grain in front and Mugello Red decorative stitching. There are illuminated M5 logos in an outline of the legendary Nürburgring circuit on each headrest. Now why would that be? We wait with bated breath!

The M Alcantara steering wheel has a red center marker in another classic racecar touch. Carbon fibre gearshift paddles lurk behind black chrome trimmed spokes. CS gets a fixed lightweight centre console, illuminated M5 CS door sill strips and a welcome light

M5 CS comes in the choice of Brands Hatch Grey metallic. In regular or exclusive BMW Individual matt paint finish in that grey or Grey metallic and Frozen Deep Green metallic.

Expect a limited number of BMW M5 CS in SA in the spring of ’21. And an announcment very soon on what’s the new King of the Nürburgring.

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