The new sixth generation of the BMW M5 saloon will be priced from €163,800 in Ireland when it arrives in 2018.

Under the bonnet of the new BMW M5 performance saloon is a 600hp 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. It delivers a maximum torque of 750Nm and the new M5 can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, making it the fastest M5 yet.

Power is transferred to the road via a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic.

The new BMW M5 has a new M-specific, all-wheel drive system known as M xDrive. When first started, the car is in four-wheel-drive mode with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) switched on. But it comes with various driving dynamics modes including a track-friendly pure rear-wheel drive mode without DSC.

The new BMW M5 arrives in Ireland in February 2018.

Caroline Kidd