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DOHA: Alfardan Automobiles, the official BMW Group importer in Qatar, hosted an exclusive preview of the new BMW M5 last weekend at Losail Circuit Sports Club during the Semifinal of the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix 2018.
Featuring M xDrive all-wheel drive for the first time in the high-performance segment this car takes BMW M GmbH into new territory. This change of tack sees the M5 exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality in all driving conditions.
The new M xDrive is the most emotionally engaging all-wheel-drive system yet to grace the high-performance segment. It works with a central transfer case with multi-plate clutch and distributes drive fully variably between the front and rear axle, as required.
Another ingredient in the car's supreme traction in all road and weather conditions is the Active M Differential at the rear axle, which also works fully variably and has a locking effect between 0 and 100 per cent.
Providing ample power for the new BMW M5 is a 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The M engineers have carried out significant revisions to the outgoing model's power unit.
For example, newly developed turbochargers, ultra-efficient indirect charge air cooling and increased fuel injection pressure together help to raise output and, above all, torque. The engine develops 441 kW/600 hp at 5,600 6,700 rpm, while a monumental 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque is placed at the driver's disposal from as low down as 1,800 rpm and remains there until 5,600 rpm.
Rabih Ataya, General Manager of Alfardan Automobiles, said: 'We take pride in meticulously planning and creating the ideal platform to give Qatar's BMW fans the best brand experiences it is only fitting that we are able to unveil the new BMW M5 in a way that is so fitting for this car. This car is committed to building on the tradition of a concept the luxurious four-door business sedan with a taste for the race track first glimpsed in 1984 with the original BMW M5.
The new model was also used as the safety car at the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix that took place at Losail Circuit Sports Club from the 16th to 18th March 2018. Since 1999, BMW M has always taken the lead whenever the world's best motorcycle pilots take to the race track.
In addition to custom-made and compulsory safety devices, the BMW M GmbH engineers have donated an extensive line of BMW M Performance accessories to the Safety Car, creating not only eye-catching accents but also fulfilling functional requirements for aerodynamics, cooling and lightweight construction. The new BMW M5 will be available in Qatar showrooms starting next month.
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