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BMW M5 CS video review

Rory drives the BMW M5 CS - the most powerful M car of all time. With stats and performance to match the exotics, is it a secret supercar?

Published on 9 February 2022 | 0 min read

While many supercars blend big power with flamboyant styling, the BMW M5 CS stands out by fitting in. It’s fast but not flashy, with a 4.4 litre twin turbocharged V8 engine capable of 635 horsepower.
For comparison, that’s 35hp more than the standard M5 and 10hp more than the M5 Competition. It’s got more power, but what else does the M5 CS do to stand out from the rest of BMW’s M line? Rory finds out.

What does CS stand for?

CS stands for Competition Sport and is reserved for BMW M models with racetrack ability – indeed, the M5 CS was fine-tuned on the Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack.
BMW claims the M5 CS is the most powerful M5 of all time. It smashes 0-62 in three seconds, making it comparable to a Ferrari 812, and reaches top speeds of 189 mph. The eight-speed automatic gearbox is torque converter rather than a dual clutch unit, resulting in a surprisingly punchy delivery to the all-wheel drive. Power can go to all four wheels or just the ones at the back for the option of traction or style. The BMW M5 CS is a big car, but it handles more like a BMW M3 or M4 – thanks in part to responsive steering and stiffer engine mounts. Compared to other models it’s lighter, more powerful, and has a host of chassis tweaks.

How much is a BMW M5 CS?

The BMW M5 CS is set to be priced from £141,000. Is the price justified by the experience?
Rory gives the M5 CS a full review, and sees how it stacks up against bona fide sports cars, in the video – so give that a watch for the verdict.

How many BMW M5 CS will be built?

BMW’s CS editions only have limited runs (only 120 editions of the BMW M3 CS were produced, for example, and those were built between March and October 2018).
While BMW haven’t confirmed how many models will be built, the M5 CS will only be available for the 2022 model year. UK delivery is set to start from April.  

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