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627-HP 2022 BMW M5 CS Will Be the Ultimate M5 (for Now)

Jens Meiners
·3-min read
Photo credit: BMW
Photo credit: BMW

From Car and Driver

  • The 2022 BMW M5 CS is a lighter and more powerful version of the sports sedan.

  • It has 627 horsepower and is claimed to weigh 230 pounds less than the M5 Competition.

  • The M5 CS will arrive in the U.S. later this year with a starting price of $142,995.

Do you want a BMW M5 or do you want a real collector's item? BMW is launching a derivative that will whet enthusiasts' appetites for decades to come. Meet the M5 CS, available for exactly one model year—2022—and mainly targeting a few select markets: North America, Russia, Germany, and the U.K. If you love fast BMWs, this one deserves a very close look.

BMW managed to squeeze considerable heft out of the M5, as the CS is lighter than the M5 Competition by a claimed 230 pounds. The hood, front splitter, mirror housings, and rear diffuser and splitter are made from carbon fiber, there are carbon-fiber front seats, two rear bucket seats rather than three-person bench, and a center console without extra storage. Additionally, the amount of sound deadening material has been reduced to save valuable pounds. Forged 20-inch wheels are standard, as are the carbon-ceramic brakes. The chassis has been tweaked with spring and adaptive damper tuning and sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires will be a no-cost option, sized 275/35 up front and 285/35 in the rear.

Photo credit: BMW
Photo credit: BMW

The M5 CS also looks unique and, if you ask us, more beautiful. Outside, there is a specific color scheme: The kidney grilles and badges are executed in gold bronze (same for the wheels); new colors (frozen deep green and frozen Brands Hatch gray) are available; and the headlight surrounds emit yellow instead of white light, a nod to BMW's race cars. The four exhaust pipes, designed to deliver a louder soundtrack, are made from stainless steel.

Further changes inside include carbon shift paddles, an Alcantara headliner, CS badges on the dashboard and between the rear seats, a Nürburgring silhouette on the headrests, and an Alcantara steering wheel with a mark at the top so you know the steering wheel position on the track.

There was a limit to the weight-saving approach: The M division has neither killed the all-wheel-drive system nor the eight-speed automatic, even though reverting to rear-wheel drive and a manual gearbox would have brought about very significant improvements. Sadly, the manual transmission seems to be gone for good in this segment.

Photo credit: BMW
Photo credit: BMW

The twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 in the M5 CS makes 10 more horsepower than the M5 Competition. The powerplant is now rated at 627 horsepower and this—in conjunction with the weight savings—leads to tangible benefits. The sprint to 60 mph takes a claimed 2.9 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the company's claim for the M5 Competition. Of course, we tested a 2019 M5 Competition that got to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, so we think the CS will be quicker still. Top speed is governed at an impressive 190 mph.

In the past, BMW's CS models have become collector's items. For customers in the market, the M5 CS is a tempting choice: More aggressive, lighter, exceedingly rare and more pure in many aspects. It will arrive in the U.S. later this year with a starting price of $142,995, nearly $30,000 more than an M5 with the Competition package.

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