When talking about BMW’s fastest and most powerful vehicle, you might imagine a sports coupe or highly charged electrified vehicle. But the German luxury automaker’s fleetest and most powerful production vehicle to date is an upgraded version of its M5, itself a high-performance version of its 5 Series executive sedan.
The name of BMW’s powerful new beast is the 2022 M5 CS. It’s a limited-production vehicle that takes the M5 to even greater heights in a regimen a star athlete might use: Shedding excess weight, getting more muscle, and re-tuning itself for optimal performance.
BMW M5 CS upgrades
Beginning with the muscle, the new BMW M5 CS takes the turbocharged V8 of the existing M5 and boosts power to a whopping 627 horsepower – an increase over the standard 600. From there, the M5 CS sheds over 220 pounds compared to even the Competition version of the M5.
Additionally, BMW has taken its monster all-wheel-drive sedan and tweaked its chassis, suspension and other components for greater performance. It all adds up to a luxury sedan that does 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and tops out at 190 mph. That should get you to wherever you need to be on time.
Beyond all its handling upgrades, this high-performance BMW comes with a host of features befitting a luxury sedan. Among its attributes are heated seats, quad-zone climate control, Harmon/Kardon premium audio, head-up display, and tech-centric infotainment system with twin 12.3-inch displays and navigation. This particular model further stands out from its M5 brethren with its standard seating for four – driver and passenger up front, and two seats in back vs. the usual 3-person bench. All four seats are highly bolstered and look like something more out of a race car than a luxury sedan.
As you might expect, the new BMW M5 CS isn’t cheap. Production begins in March, and the 2022 M5 CS will start at $142,000, plus a $995 destination fee. The standard M5 starts at $103,500. And just in case you’re wondering, a base BMW 5 Series with half as many cylinders (and 248 horsepower) begins at $54,200.