We drove the BMW M5 last year in Portugal and were blown away by the performance of the car. And it would seem that the jurors at the 2018 World Car Awards too were blown away by it. Unsurprisingly, the new-gen BMW M5 won top honours, getting the World Performance Car award at the 2018 World Car Awards ceremony at the ongoing New York Auto Show. This is the sixth generation model and you can buy one in India as well. The M5 was launched in India at the 2018 Auto Expo, priced at ₹ 1.43 crore. BMW says that the new-gen M5 is the most technologically advanced M-Series vehicle from the company, which we are sure, was felt by the jurors as well.
The BMW M5 was in the final shortlist for the World Performance Car award with the Honda Civic Type R and the Lexus LC 500. Needless to say, the competition was tough but the M5 did manage to win over the jurors with its excellent performance.
Trudy Hardy, Vice President, Marketing, BMW of North America said, "We at BMW are very excited to receive this award from the World Car of the Year organization. The BMW 5 Series has always played an important part of the BMW product portfolio. With this 6th generation BMW 5 Series we are able to offer our customers a broad range of variants ranging from the extremely efficient BMW 530e plug-in hybrid, all the way to the BMW M5, which is the quickest BMW ever built, reaching 0-60 in under 3.2 seconds."
The new-gen BMW M5 gets a 4.4-litre V8 engine with two turbochargers, which churn out a massive 591 bhp and 750 Nm of peak torque. Surprisingly, the dual-clutch transmission on the previous M5 was not brought on to the new-gen model. It now gets an 8-speed torque convertor transmission unit. There are 5 driving modes to choose from and in case you are wondering, the car does the 0-100 kmph sprint in 3.4 seconds.