After making its world debut nearly a year ago, the all-new BMW M5 has officially landed in the Philippines. Packed with a twin-turbo V8, along with all-wheel-drive, the high-performance 5 Series blends power, luxury and space into one.

Inside, the sedan gets a plethora of leather trimming along with trim pieces finished in carbon fiber and gloss black. While the cabin largely carries over from the standard 5 Series, the M5 does come with thick bolsters on the front seats. Other neat touches from M include the thick leather steering wheel, M paddle shifters, alloy pedals and a bigger gear selector. Topping it all off is the upgraded iDrive infotainment system.

Under the hood is a 4.4-liter Twin Power Turbo V8. Significantly upgraded for the new-generation M5, the eight-cylinder motor gets newly-developed turbochargers, indirect charge air-cooling and uprated fuel injectors. The result is 600 PS and 750 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. This allows the M5 to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Without a restrictor, the twin-turbo sedan can reach a top speed of 305 km/h according to BMW.

As mentioned earlier, the 2018 M5 now benefits from a M xDrive system. It has six different configurations available based on the combinations from the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) modes and all-wheel-drive system modes. Stability control can be set to On, M Dynamic Mode or Off. Meanwhile, the all-wheel-drive system can be switched between 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. It also has Variable Damper Control which gives the 2018 M5 three suspension settings; Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.

Besides having a potent powertrain and a unique suspension setup, the new M5 also benefits from a Carbon Core chassis and a carbon fiber roof. This makes the M5 more lightweight and more rigid than its standard stablemates. To further save on weight, BMW installed M compound brakes on the sedan as standard. All in all, BMW was able to shed nearly 90 kg for the 2018 M5.