Let’s be honest here: Every so often, a good rap across the forehead can do wonders at refocusing the conscious for many of us. BMW has a somewhat understated way of achieving the same effect, in this case by announcing a limited-edition, ultra-performance version of the already exclusive M5 sport sedan. While it hasn’t discussed either pricing or production totals yet, it’s clear that BMW intends for this new low-build model, which will only be offered in the 2022 model year, to forcefully grab your attention. We assure you, the M5 CS can accomplish that objective, and others.
BMW flatly calls the M5 CS the quickest and most powerful production automobile in its history. To wit: The 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, with dual oil pumps, will produce 627 horsepower and 535-lbs.ft. of torque, while linked to a standard eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission and standard M xDrive all-wheel drive. BMW is announcing an observed top speed of 190 MPH with 0-60 taking just 2.9 seconds. Part of the reason is that the enhanced use of composites in the design and assembly process cuts overall weight by 230 pounds over the already potent M5 Competition model, while beating the same car’s total output by 10 horsepower. The CS also boasts a broader power band than the M5 Competition. To cope, the CS has its spring ratings increased by 10 percent, its ride height dropped by 0.2 inch. Carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston front calipers are standard. The one-year-old distinction will guarantee the M5 CS instant-collectible status when the first units arrive in the second half of this year.