It looks like games are starting to be the go-to for cool-car debuts!

So, today is the day that the next-generation BMW M5 breaks cover, and it couldn’t come any sooner now that someone took the liberty of releasing some images over the weekend, just hours prior to its debut. Well, much like Porsche did with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Xbox E3 during the Forza 7 preview, BMW has decided to do the same by introducing the M5 in the newest and upcoming installation of Need for Speed. The game debuts on November 10th and the M5 will be available in the game at launch, which is well before the M5 will roll into dealers next spring. Of course, you’ll still get to put the pedal to the metal first in the game, and let’s be honest – that’s still better than waiting months for delivery, don’t you think?

With that said, we have a new NFS: Payback trailer to watch and get a good look at the M5 putting in work while we’re at it. Of course, the biggest thing we were waiting on was the official look of the next M-powered beast, as we already knew that it would offer up 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an AWD system, yet another plus for this aggressive little sports sedan. But, what’s more important to note are the major improvements that come along with this generation of the M5, as it Trumps the previous model hands down in just about every way imaginable. It has a fresh suspension system that’s tuned for everyday driving and track use via the drive mode selector, variable damper control, impressive performance credentials, and a top speed of 189 mph if you opt for the M Driver’s Package. Let’s venture into a little comparison below to see how it really stacks up to that old M5 sitting in your driveway!

Revised Technology + Less Weight + More Power = An Orgasmic Experience

Never mind the fact that you’ll get to experience the M5 in Need for Speed first, and can even order one starting in Spring of 2017. Let’s talk a little more about the M5’s performance credentials and how it compares to the old M5. The old M5 delivered 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet from a 4.4-liter, TwinPower, V-8. Maximum horsepower came into play at 6,000 rpm while torque came in at a low 1,500. Torque begins to fall off at 5,750 rpm, well before the 7,200-rpm redline. This new M5 makes use of the same 4.4-liter but manages to deliver a significantly higher 600 horsepower and 552 pound-feet of torque. Maximum horsepower comes in lower, at just 5,600 rpm while maximum torque will be at your disposal almost immediately off the line at 1,600 rpm and continues all of the way to 5,600 rpm before it starts to fall off the map. That’s a pretty impressive powerband, but how does it compare when it comes to sprint times and top speed?

This new M5 makes use of the same 4.4-liter but manages to deliver a significantly higher 600 horsepower and 552 pound-feet of torque

Well, that’s a damn good question, and I’m here to answer that question for you. The last M5 could hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and 124 mph in 13-seconds flat. That’s not bad for 560 horsepower, but thanks to the new M5’s lighter design and power boost, those same sprints can be completed in 3.4 and 11.1 seconds, respectively. That’s an improvement of a whole second over the last model to 60 mph and nearly two seconds to 124 mph. As you’re well aware, BMW limits its cars to 155 mph, but if you decide to go with the M Driver’s Package, you can have that limited raised to 189 mph, which should be more than enough to keep you happy – if you want to go faster, play Need for Speed.

Visual Comparison

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Classic exclusive metallic blue paint of course!
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Our M5 Rendering vs Reality

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TopSpeed artist rendering from 2 years ago...not bad!
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Press release

Today, Electronic Arts and the BMW Group debuted the all-new BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/100 km [26.9 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 241 g/km*) in Need for SpeedTM Payback, the action driving blockbuster releasing this fall. This marks first time BMW has revealed a car through a videogame partnership, unveiling the new BMW M5 at gamescom, Europe’s biggest trade fair for interactive games and entertainment. The new BMW M5 builds on the traditional concept of a luxurious four-door business sedan by appealing to drivers with a taste for high speed and adrenaline. Need for SpeedTM Payback players will be among the first to experience the new M xDrive all-wheel drive as they tear through the city streets and diverse landscape of Fortune Valley this fall.

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Trailer: (Release 21 August 2017, 7.30 p.m.)

“The new BMW M5 is a stunning car,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “With immense horsepower and torque combined with gorgeous design, our players are going to love getting behind the wheel of the new M5. Whether it’s pulling off intense heist missions, or outrunning cops in epic pursuits or just cruising the open world, this car embodies performance, speed and desire, making it one of the pinnacle rides in Need for SpeedTM Payback.”

The M5 takes the BMW M-series into new territory, with 441 kW/600 hp, peak torque of 750 Nm and 10.5 l/100 km fuel consumption combined/ 241 g/km CO2 emissions combined, which promise supreme propulsive power and formidable performance. The new M xDrive developed by BMW M GmbH is the most engaging all-wheel-drive system yet to grace the high-performance segment and will be on display across various terrains in Need for SpeedTM Payback.

“The M is not only synonymous for the world’s most powerful letter, but has also become a synonym worldwide for the prototype of the Ultimate Driving Machine. Take a look at the new BMW M5: its power output, torque and acceleration, the M specific all-wheel drive system M xDrive and its stunning design make our all-new toy the perfect feature for Need for Speed,” said Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division. “While the M5 won’t be officially released until next spring, Need for Speed players can drive it first and exclusively in Need for SpeedTM Payback. We at BMW M are really proud of this collaboration.”

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“Young, enthusiastic and 100% devoted to their passion: This is not only true for BMW M fans but also for millions of gamers around the globe, who love Need for SpeedTM. BMW is joy and excitement for cars, whether it is in real life or digital,” said Hildegard Wortmann, Senior Vice President Brand BMW. “With this cooperation BMW can reach out to a new audience that is truly digital. This is a perfect example for a fruitful cooperation in modern marketing with benefits for everyone and a new milestone after the BMW M2’s debut in 2015’s Need for SpeedTM.”

BMW and Need for SpeedTM share a long tradition together. Already in 1999 the BMW M5 was part of the first Need for SpeedTM. BMW was part of the history of Need for SpeedTM ever since: Whether it was the BMW M3 in 2005’s Need for SpeedTM Most Wanted, the BMW M3 GTR in Need for SpeedTM Shift in 2009, and many other appearances of BMW M4, M6 and many alike. Just recently the new BMW M2 entered the stage in 2015’s Need for SpeedTM.

Need for SpeedTM is one of the world’s bestselling video game franchises.

Its latest instalment, Need for SpeedTM Payback, will be available worldwide on November 10th for Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Origin™ for PC. Need for SpeedTM Payback Deluxe Edition owners will get their three-day early access starting Tuesday, November 7th. Players can also get into the action before launch through EA Access and Origin Access, where members can play for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, November 2nd with the EA Access and Origin Access Play First Trial.

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