The M5 CS: BMW's Latest "Rocket from Hell"
Makes sense, considering where it was tested...
Going on sale only this year, the BMW M5 CS is the latest rocketship developed by the mad scientists at BMW M in Munich. I'd say it's a rocket from hell, which makes sense, considering it was tested and developed at the Nurburgring. With the CS, BMW is focusing less on comfort and more on driving pleasure and speed, which is always great change from the norm of comfort and ease these days. One thing is for sure, based on the spec sheets, the CS is Munich's latest and absolute greatest example (in recent times) of what an proper fast four-door can look like.
BMW's first move was to put the car on a diet. This isn't a CSL, no, but they've managed to shave off 104 kilos (230 lbs) by taking out comfort features such as Comfort Access, the CD player, 4-zone climate control, as well as by changing several aluminum panels to carbon fibre. It's still an 1800 kilo car, but 104 kilos is still a positive loss.
When it comes to performance, BMW has retuned several ECU systems to make the CS an even stiffer, even angrier monster, to the point where it has 627 horsepower, and a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds. Ceramics are now standard, a noisier M Sport exhaust with stainless steel polished tips is now standard, eye-wateringly expensive Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires are now standard, thankfully, and a carbon fibre rear diffuser is now standard.
BMW has also added some cosmetic changes, most notably the amber "Angel Eye" running lamps, which replace the usual all-white LEDs. In addition, 20 inch bronze wheels have been added and all of the exterior gloss black accents have been swapped for bronze metallic accents, which I must say work well with the amber running lights and the standard "Deep Frozen Green Metallic" paint.
On the inside, BMW have increased the amount of alcantara, pretty much everywhere. Additionally, all the seats, front and rear, are buckets by standard. As a result, you lose the bench in the back, but on the plus side, less weight to carry around. Finally, each seat has a map of the Green Hell embossed on the head rest. It's a nice touch I suppose.
"Bucket Seats with Alcantara as far as the eye can see"
All-in-all, the M5 CS looks to be a car that could possibly change the direction BMW M is going. Instead of just another numb, heavy M car, we could be looking at a vehicle that has a soul, that is incredibly fun to drive, and one that brings us back to the origins of not just the sports saloon, but of BMW. Maybe I'm hoping for too much, but even if the CS doesn't tick all those boxes, I'm sure it'll get pretty darn close.
The M5 CS will go on sale in the second half of this year.