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An 'M-phatic' reveal

By Rory Daley
Observer writer

Friday, July 13, 2018

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ATL Autobahn's Lady Musgrave Road showroom continues to be one of the hottest spots in the Corporate Area. Recently, the state-of-art showroom played venue to the unveiling of the 2019 BMW M5.

ATL Autobahn is the division of ATL Automotive responsible for the BMW and MINI brands.

“This is a car that can outrun dedicated sportscars, and can do so with your family onboard or kids in the backseats waving goodbye to whatever challenged you on the road,” Sloane Jackson, head of business for ATL Autobahn, told the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

With the house lights brought up after a brief period of wining and dining guests, the sheets were taken off to reveal the fastest M5 ever and BMW's most powerful executive sedan to date. It clocks 0-62km/h in 3.4 seconds on to a top speed of 250km/h, unless equipped with the M driver's package which lifts that to 305km/h. All this speed comes courtesy a turbocharged V8 outputting 600hp. Four-wheel drive isn't new to the M Division as they have been applying their performance magic to the BMW X line of SUVs; however, given the power figures the M5 is their first implementation on a sedan, making the M5 their first four-wheel drive M car. They haven't forgotten the purists, and those with the guts or skills can access the M5's two-wheel drive mode sending all 600hp to the rear wheels.

BMW didn't just stop there, making sure that the M5 is as fast as it is special. Like the M3/4 CS special editions the M5 boasts intelligent construction, having a carbon roof, and a body sculpted for speed. Two-wheel size options, 19 or 20-inches, show off the monster brakes necessary to stop the M5. Of course, being a 5 series, it contains all the luxuries expected and more, like M Multifunctional seats with light up M logos in the headrest.

“The M5 starts just north of $30 million, but can be optioned up to the buyer's desires,” Jackson added.

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