The 2022 BMW M5 CS will arrive in the United States in the second half of 2021, according to a recent announcement from the manufacturer. The BMW M5 has been a benchmark for sports sedans since it debuted in 1985. Today’s M5 is on a sixth-generation chassis, a platform that was introduced in 2017 and updated last year.
The new 2022 M5 CS (Competition Sport) will be a one-year-only limited production model based on the 2021 M5, but offering more power, greater performance, lighter weight, and exclusive interior bits. Pricing will start about $142,000 – a premium over the standard M5, which starts at $103,500 for the 2021 model year.
The $38,500 buys a tuned “S63′ 4.4-liter M twin-turbocharged V8 engine (627 hp/553 lb-ft torque), which is stronger than the base M5’s state of tune (600 hp/553 lb-ft of torque) and a tick above the M5 Competition model’s output (617 hp/553 lb-ft of torque). With its range-topping power, the new M5 CS can scoot from 0 – 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the M5 Competition, and 0.3 seconds faster than the base model. The top speed is 190 mph.
An 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission is set up to deliver quick shifts in each of three modes: Efficient, Sport, and Track. The transmission sends power to the standard xDrive all-wheel drive, a rear-wheel-biased system that uses an active differential, and can shift power between the rear wheels to improve lateral grip and stabilization. Three xDrive modes are available to the driver: 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD, and the Dynamic Stability Control system also has three modes: DSC ON, MDM (M Dynamic Mode), and DSC OFF. M5 CS’s exhaust system is linked with the transmission, changing tone characteristics in concert with the selected shift mode, and also has a M Sound button that can “soften” the exhaust tone for a more understated note.
The M5 CS benefits from chassis enhancements and upgrades, including stiffer engine mounts, firmer springs, lower ride height, and a firmer anti-roll bar. Dynamic Damper Control and M Servotronic steering are adjustable via three electronic drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+.
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic is used extensively on M5’s exterior to reduce overall weight. The hood, roof, front splitter, mirror caps, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler are all made of this strong, lightweight material.
Inside, the M5 CS is set up with seating for four. The driver and front passenger seats are heated and electrically adjustable M carbon bucket seats. The steering wheel is M Alcantara, backed with lightweight carbon fiber paddle shifters. The headliner is also sheathed in Alcantara.
The M5 CS uses staggered 20-inch wheels that can be fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires as a no-cost option for drivers who want to explore closed circuit track experiences. The M5 CS comes with standard red 6-piston front/single-piston rear calipers and carbon ceramic brake discs. The M5 CS comes with a voucher for BMW driver training – a very good idea for new high-performance sedan owners.
If we are to believe recent announcements from major auto manufacturers, the age of the internal combustion engine passenger car is coming to a close, possibly as soon as 2035. Less and less engineering attention will be aimed at pure gas-powered cars, and a small percentage of that attention will go to performance cars the BMW M5 CS. Big, thirsty, fast sedans may be a thing of the past soon — so enjoy them while you can.