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Lightweight M5 Clubsport, seen lapping the Nurburgring, will feature more aggressive styling than the standard car
Felix Page Autocar writer
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3 July 2020

The BMW M5 has recently been facelifted following updates to the regular 5 Series – and it looks like BMW is preparing a new lightweight Clubsport range-topper for launch.

Spotted lapping the Nürburgring at speed, this lightly camouflaged prototype bears the same subtly restyled front end as the standard M5 - incorporating new headlight designs and slightly wider double-kidney - but bears some styling cues that set it apart.

Aside from the unique angled design of its front grille vanes, the mule has much larger lower air intakes than those of even the current top-rung M5, the Competition. It also hides larger front and rear brake discs behind non-standard performance alloy wheels and sports a subtle rear spoiler and prominent diffuser for enhanced downforce at speed.

Rumours circulating online suggest that any new Clubsport variant of the M5 could pack a newly developed twin-turbocharged V8 for a power boost over the 591bhp standard car and the 616bhp M5 Competition. Although this is yet to be confirmed, we can be certain that the Clubsport car will be lighter and more track-focused than both existing versions of the M5.

Likely additions - based on the CS version of the smaller M3 - include a carbonfibre front splitter and bonnet, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, lightweight staggered alloy wheels, Alcantara-trimmed interior elements and bucket-style sports seats. With these features in place, the M3 CS saved 10kg over the standard M3 and offered a much lower centre of gravity. 

Elsewhere, we expect a firmer suspension set-up for keener cornering response, carbon-ceramic brakes as standard and a bespoke performance exhaust. 

As has been the case with all previous Clubsport M cars, the M5 CS will likely command a significant premium over the standard M5. Although prices for the facelifted car haven't yet been revealed, we can expect it to start from over £100,000, given the £96,000 price of the current M5 Competition. 

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13 May 2020

 No, not significantly, I'd be happy with non CS Car, if it had a softer road setting, then maybe, but I also think that, going into the £100K plus level, I'd have sooner wanted an i8 replacement.

13 May 2020

While I can understand the concept of a lightened, more track focused version of some types of cars I'm not sure a large executive car, like the 5 Series, is one of them. A nigh-on 2 ton car is never going to be fit the bill as a track car like smaller, already lighter cars like the Clubsport Renault Meganes, BMW's own 3 Series CSs, 911 RSs etc etc.

13 May 2020

So what's the point of a M5 CS???? Any masochist want suspension firmer than the Competition Pack??? 

3 July 2020

Possibly the wonderful Alfa Romeo GTA has stung them and caught them off guard, they had to respond, competition improving the breed eh?. I hope a hydraulic steering set up will be implemented (it probably won't) as reversing out of a car park etc may not be a priority for this particular vehicle.

3 July 2020
This car will be extraordinary.
No more am I going to comment on price for this car, or any future car. It is what it is, and prices will never drop.
That said, three or four years from now it'll be 50K. That's an awful lot of car!

4 July 2020

More like £30000 !! 2017 cars on Autotrader for under £30000 !!!

4 July 2020
Quite possibly...
Maybe we could agree on 40K for an immaculate 3yr old with 25K miles and a great spec!

4 July 2020
ScottpolocoupeS wrote:

More like £30000 !! 2017 cars on Autotrader for under £30000 !!!

Just took a look on Autotrader. I found one 2017 example at £30k. It's on 66 plate, 39k miles, pervious generation F10. Very tempting price, but all others above £50k. To be fair they were G30 models.

5 July 2020
Overdrive wrote:

ScottpolocoupeS wrote:

More like £30000 !! 2017 cars on Autotrader for under £30000 !!!

Just took a look on Autotrader. I found one 2017 example at £30k. It's on 66 plate, 39k miles, pervious generation F10. Very tempting price, but all others above £50k. To be fair they were G30 models.

Aren't the alarm bells ringing?, that V10 wasn't the best engine, if it went wrong , it went really wrong!, so, unless you're a  certain man with a tame mechanic, a Tv Show paying for the spannering, it's a no from me!

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