BMW’s New M5 and 1 Series: High-Performance and Practicality

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BMW's New M5 and 1 Series
BMW's New M5 and 1 Series

German automaker BMW has fired up production lines for two new additions to its lineup: the high-performance M5 sedan and the new 1 Series hatchback.

Built at separate facilities, these models offer a clear distinction in both their on-road character and production scale.

The M5, crafted at the Dingolfing plant, caters to a niche market for high-powered driving experiences. Production will gradually climb to meet this demand, with several dozen M5s rolling off the assembly line each day.

In contrast, the Leipzig factory is tasked with mass-producing the new 1 Series, a front-wheel drive hatchback expected to see significantly higher volumes.

Here, production lines are humming with activity, churning out up to 500 units of the 1 Series daily. Selecting the perfect BMW hinges on your driving needs.

BMW's New M5 and 1 Series
BMW’s New M5 and 1 Series (BMW)

For enthusiasts seeking a nimble companion for everyday driving, the 1 Series stands out with its sharp handling. Drivers prioritizing power, however, will find the 3 Series offers a more robust engine lineup.

The 1 Series boasts the M135 xDrive as its most exciting variant. This hot hatch conceals a potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under its hood, generating 300 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, making it a thrilling choice for spirited commutes.

Those yearning for an even more exhilarating driving experience will find themselves captivated by the M5.

This high-performance sedan boasts a monstrous 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, unleashing a staggering 577 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.

Partnered with a revered 8-speed automatic transmission enhanced by an electric motor, the M5’s combined output reaches a mind-bending 717 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, solidifying its position as a true powerhouse.

The hefty 22.1-kWh unit, offering 18.6 kWh usable, adds significant weight to the G90 compared to its predecessor.

This weight difference translates to a slight lag in the 0-60 mph sprint. While the G90 still achieves a remarkable 3.4 seconds, the F90 variants leave it in the dust.

The standard F90 manages 3.2 seconds, with the M5 Competition shaving off another tenth for a 3.1-second time. The F90 CS remains the king of acceleration, rocketing from 0-60 mph in a mind-bending 2.9 seconds.

Beyond the impressive performance figures, 2025 marks the glorious return of the M5 Touring. This long-roof variant, absent since the iconic V10-powered E61 M5, will once again grace the roads.

American enthusiasts will be particularly excited to learn that the M5 Touring will be available in the US alongside the sedan. Both are expected to hit dealerships in November 2024, offering a thrilling blend of practicality and performance to discerning drivers.

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