5 things you need to know about the new BMW M5
It’s still a driver’s car
Although there’s no manual transmission, the new M5 isn’t just an all-wheel drive trick pony and it can be driven with 100 per cent of the power delivered to the rear differential – just like every M5 before it.
With DSC (dynamic stability control) deactivated, three drive modes provide different levels of front-rear power bias in conjunction with differing levels of tailored stability control: all-wheel drive, all-wheel drive sport and rear-wheel drive.
All-wheel drive mode provides the highest traction level for rapid acceleration and cornering without slip; all-wheel drive sport is configured for a more lively and entertaining drive with reduced traction control; and, rear-wheel drive mode completely decouples power from the front and provides 100 per cent of power to the rear-differential.
The electronically controlled Active M rear-differential has also been beefed up with carbon fibre clutch plates and can be either completely open or completely locked, depending on conditions.