2022 BMW M5 CS – Quickest and Most Powerful Ever?

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
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BMW has proclaimed the 2022 M5 CS Sedan, with 627 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, to be the quickest and most powerful BMW production vehicle ever produced, with a claimed 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 190 MPH. It will arrive in the U.S. in the second half of 2021.

Having recently updated the M5 for 2021, the M5 CS adds more power, performance, and all-important interior appointment exclusivity, and is 230 pounds less than the M5 Competition. Liberal use of CFRP materials boosts the power-to-weight ratio of an already-high M5, since the M5 CS’ S63 4.4-liter M TwinPower turbo V8 only netted 10 HP more than the M5. The torque band is more impressive, with 553 lb-ft from 1,800 to 5,950 rpm, wider than the M5 Competition by 90 rpm. Redline is 7,200 rpm, with high-pressure, direct fuel injection, liquid-to-air intercooling for the twin turbos, and an oil system with two pumps.

Coupled to an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the M5 CS at 2.9 seconds is 0.2 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the M5 Competition. With the standard M Driver’s Package, the top speed is 190 mph, which also includes a BMW driver’s training voucher. 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD are the selectable xDrive modes. To further enhance driver control, the Dynamic Stability Control system offers three settings, DSC on, M Dynamic Mode, and DSC off.

Extraordinarily short shift times are promised, along with quick responses to accelerator input. The Drivelogic switch on the shifter gives you three more choices, efficient, sport, or track, rather than a manual transmission that would allow you to make all the permutations yourself. BMW’s description of the exhaust system is as eloquent as the tone itself, another choice of three options, efficient, sport, or sport+, plus an M Sound button that mutes the V8’s roar to an understated note.

10 percent stiffer springs, 0.2-inch lower ride height, increased negative camber, a firmer rear anti-roll bar, and tow-link ball-joint mounts are a part of the M5 CS’ chassis and suspension tuning. To take advantage of the lower ride height and no-cost optional Pirelli P Zero Corsa high-performance tires, there’s additional spring and Dynamic Damper Control tuning over the M5 Competition.

The M5 CS uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) to shed weight, in the roof (standard on all M5s), vented hood, front splitter, mirror caps, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler. In the engine compartment, the nicest-looking BMW engine cover I’ve ever seen is made from CFRP. Reduced soundproofing also lowers the M5 CS’ bulk, but a quiet ride isn’t the objective in a car like this, is it?

For the first time, there are M carbon sport seats in front with matching bucket seats in the rear, covered in black Merino leather with Mugello red accents and contrasting red stitching. The front seats are new lightweight, heated, and electrically adjustable M carbon buckets with side bolsters, integrated headrests, and illuminated M5 logos. The two rear passengers each have their own individual seats, and all the headrests are imprinted with a map of the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife. Quite the finishing touch, wouldn’t you say?

At an MSRP of $142,000 plus a destination charge of $995, is this limited production four-seater a must-have in your garage?

[Images: BMW]

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  • EX35 EX35 on Jan 27, 2021

    I wonder how a used Chevy Ss + suspension/brake upgrades + procharger would compare?

    • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Jan 27, 2021

      My guess is that said SS would be 1/3 the price for 2x the fun.

  • Johnnyz Johnnyz on Jan 27, 2021

    Let us not forget the previous v10 M5 and those darn connecting rod bearings. Silly bmw.

    • 4onthefloor 4onthefloor on Jan 30, 2021

      Just like to Porsche IMS bearing. Nothing like finding out you just bought a time bomb.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
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  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?