The upcoming 2021 BMW M5 CS will offer performance out of the reach of most shoppers but it could also prove to be the latest must-have M model.
The idea of a track-focused family sedan like the M5 CS makes no real logical sense as only a tiny proportion of owners will ever take the car anywhere near a race circuit. However, for many of the people who buy cars like these, appearances are everything and if you can drive a more powerful, exclusive, and faster variant of an already fast car to show off to your friends, it’s worth the added expense.
As this recent spy video of the M5 CS testing at the Nurburgring shows, it will be a series performer. Sure, it will be heavy but at the hands of an experienced driver, it looks to be capable of some very impressive cornering speeds with minimal understeer or oversteer thanks to an excellent all-wheel-drive system.
It is claimed that BMW engineers will work their magic on the car’s 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine so it delivers around 640 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque, giving it a respectable 25 hp and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) edge over the M5 Competition.
A host of other upgrades will come standard. These will include a carbon-fiber roof, a different suspension setup, a revised front fascia, and a lip spoiler on the trunk. There will also be bespoke high-performance ceramic brakes with drilled discs and unique wheels.