2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan

MSRP $142,000

Ranked #21 in Sedan

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 M5 CS is slightly more powerful and lighter than the blisteringly quick M5 Competition, making it the most powerful and fastest road-legal BMW ever made. There are quite a few significant changes made to the exterior and interior of the car to achieve the target. 

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Pros

Brutal and gut-punching acceleration

Plush and attractive interior

Sharp and confident handling

Dedicated rear-wheel-drive mode

Cons

Steep price tag

Limited seating capacity of four

Less engaging than some other M vehicles

What's New?

27 hp powerful and nearly 230 pounds lighter than the regular M5

It also has a stiffer suspension and a lower center of gravity to improve handling

Carbon fiber racing seats for the driver and the rear bench seat is swapped with two individual racing seats

The engine mounts are redesigned to be lighter and stiffer


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$142000

bodystyle

dr Sedan

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

transmission

8-Automatic w/OD

dimensions

wheelbase

117.4 in.

length

196.4 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

57.8 in.

curb weight

4114 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/21 mpg

highway range

422.10 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$142,000 onwards

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The car will be just available in some select markets - North America, Russia, Germany and UK. So if you love super rare fast BMWs, this is one you should look out for. The mercurial 2022 M5 CS will rival the likes of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, the Audi RS7 and the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan Features

The BMW M5 CS might not look like it has improved enough on paper. However, following the BMW playbook, the motorsport giant from Bavaria has successfully upped the power to weight ratio, and has tinkered with the handling just enough to make things even better. This does come at the cost of some features and conveniences, not to mention overall comfort as a result of a stiffer suspension setup. Moreover, it is officially the most powerful BMW M vehicle till date, which shows the inclination towards performance

Trims

BMW M5 CS

MSRP 

$140,000

Features

BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8

 

Carbon fiber hood and bucket seats (both front and rear)

 

High performance P Zero Corsa Tires

 

Carbon-fiber Front Splitter and Rear Diffuser

 

M-specific gold bronze accents, badging, and styling

 

BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brakes

 

Carbon-fiber paddle shifters and sporty red-interior accents

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan Engine and Performance

So we have already mentioned that the 2022 M5 CS is going to be the most powerful road-legal BMW ever. Now to be a bit more specific, the normal M5 produces close to 600 horsepower, the slightly more powerful M5 Competition produces 617 hp and the M5 CS goes up to 627 Hp. Now we know what you fellas must be thinking, “Aye that ain’t much of a difference, it’s just 10hp”. We know it’s not a lot but when you add the factor that the CS is nearly 230 pounds lighter than the normal M5, that is where things start to get serious because the CS has quite some advantage over the normal M5 when we talk about the power to weight ratio. 

The heart of the monster is the same S63 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that we have seen in the normal M5. This is paired to the 8-speed torque converter unit which sends power to all four wheels though it is a bit rear-wheel biased here as well. 

Models

2022 BMW M5 CS

2021 Mercedes AMG E63 S

2021 Audi RS7

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

Base MSRP

$145,000

$107,500

$114,000

$83,995

Engine

4.4L twin-turbocharged V8

4.0L twin-turbocharged V8

4.0L twin Bi-Turbo V8

6.2L Supercharged V8

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9 speed automatic

8-speed Tiptronic automatic

6-speed manual

Horsepower

627 hp

603 hp @ 5,750rpm

591 hp @ 5,700 rpm

668 hp

Torque

553 lb.-ft.

627 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm 

590 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

659 lb.-ft.

0-60 (Sec)

2.9

3.3

3.5

3.7

Quarter Mile (Sec)

10.9*

11.1

11.2

NA

2021 BMW M5 Competition data used for reference

The 2021 M5 competition has clocked a quarter-mile time of 10.9 seconds which is seriously quick and the best among the German trio. Now the CS is quite lighter than the competition and also a bit more powerful so we are expecting a tenth or two of a second quicker. So that will easily make it the fastest among the trio but we are yet to receive the official figures from Cadillac for the 2022 CT5-V Blackwing and that is what we are most excited for. 

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan Fuel Economy

The BMW M5 has always been one of the most fun-to-drive sports sedans that money can buy. And then when we come to the 2022 M5 CS, which has the map of Nurburgring itched on the headrests of all four seats. That makes a statement in itself. That means that the company secretly claims that this is also one of the best handling BMWs ever made.

What we know is that the engineers utilized stiffer engine mounts and additional spring and Dynamic Damper Control tuning, all this to make the car lighter and more taut to drive. The M5 CS is nearly 230 pounds lighter and that should help the car to handle smoothly. The M5 CS uses firmer springs than the normal M5, is 0.2 inches lower to the ground, has a firmer rear anti-roll bar, and dials in slightly more negative camber to the front wheels. 

How fuel efficient is the 2022 BMW M5 CS?

Honestly, the M division of cars from BMW is never meant to be frugal. They are built for the “Sheer Driving Pleasure” as what BMW loved to call it. But still, for those who are curious about the numbers, BMW hasn’t yet revealed the fuel economy figures for the 2022 CS model but we have here the figures for the 2021 Competition model, which offers 15/21/17 MPG for city, highway, and combined driving respectively. 

Model

2022 BMW M5 CS

2021 Mercedes AMG E63 S

2021 Audi RS7

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

MPG (city)

15*

16

15

NA

MPG (highway)

21*

23

22

NA

MPG (combined)

17*

18

17

NA

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18

21.1

19.3

17

Range (city/highway) (miles)

270/378*

337.6/485.3

289.5/424.6

NA

*2021 BMW M5 Competition Figures used for reference

Now the CS being a bit more hardcore version of the competition, we can say that there will be one or two digits lesser in these figures, but still then too these are some impressing figures for a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 monster. If we compare it to the competition, the BMW does lose as it offers the least figures for fuel efficiency and also the fuel tank is smallest among the German trio which means there will be fuel stops more often, but that shouldn’t be a problem on track.

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan Interior

Well the most noticeable change inside is that the car now has four individual bucket seats, i.e. the bench seat at the rear is now gone and this makes the car a strict four-seater as for BMW the simple formula is lesser occupants inside the car means lesser the weight. Other than that everything seems pretty much similar to the regular M5. The seats are all wrapped in Black Merino leather with red accents and contrast stitching. The front seats even have an illuminated M5 logo in them. There is also a map of Nurburgring etched into all four headrests.

The driver is further treated by a steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and carbon fiber paddle shifters. Other than that there are a number of places where the designers have put the CS logo to remind you where your extra 40 grand are going into. The headliner is also of Alcantara. The interior is more or less a delight for a true enthusiast and then again BMW is well known in the industry to design pretty luxurious feeling cabins.

Model

2022 BMW M5 CS

2021 Mercedes AMG E63 S

2021 Audi RS7

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

Passenger Capacity

4

5

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.7/58.7/41.4*

37.3/57.8/41.7

36.9/ 57.2/ 41.3

39/56.7/42.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.5/55.9/36.5*

38.0/57.1/36.2

36.6/ 55.9/ 37.0

36.6/55.7/37.9

Cargo Capacity (ft cu)

14.3*

13.1

26.3

11.9

*2021 BMW M5 Competition Figures used for reference

The BMW M5 is the most spacious among the German trio and we are expecting the same with the CS too. It literally is acres roomier than the other two. Cargo Capacity though stands at 14.3 cubic feet which is then again not too good or not too bad. It is certainly better than the Mercedes-Benz E 63 S AMG’s 13.1 cubic feet trunk capacity. Though we are really surprised by the RS7 which offers 26.3 cubic feet of space

Interior highlights include:

  • Alcantara Headliner
  • Black Merino leather seats
  • Carbon Fiber front racing seats
  • Automatic 2-zone Climate Control including micro-filter 
  • Multi Colour adjustable ambient lighting

2022 BMW M5 CS Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2022 BMW M5 CS gets two 12.3 inch displays one as the infotainment screen and the other as the digital driver’s display. It is basically BMW’s iDrive system which is super easy to use. One can control it via voice commands or touch or the rotary dial on the central console or gestures or buttons on the steering wheel. There are too many input options. Then the display is super bright, the touch is responsive, graphics are just too visually appealing; the whole experience is super smooth. 

The digital driver’s display is also a 12.3-inch screen which is not touch-sensitive here. Though it is not as good as Audi’s virtual cockpit which we feel is pretty much the best in the class, this here is quite a beautiful one as well. This updated version where the dials are now shifted to the corners makes the whole middle part of the display available for other useful functions.

Infotainment highlights include:

  • 12.3-inch BMW iDrive system
  • 12.3-inch digital driver’s display
  • Inbuilt navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • BMW ConnectedDrive services
  • Heads-up Display

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan Exterior

On the first look, the 2022 M5 CS might look very much similar to that of the normal M5 but there are some distinguishable features. A lot of carbon fiber components are there like the roof, hood vents, mirror caps, front splitter, rear diffuser and spoiler. Engineers have also removed some of the soundproofing materials to make the car lighter. 

Then there is the motorsports-inspired yellow tint for the DRLs in the headlights. There is a special gold bronze finish on the BMW’s signature kidney grille and special 20-inch forged light-alloy wheels. Other than that the car looks pretty identical to the normal M5.

Model

2022 BMW M5 CS

2021 Mercedes AMG E63 S

2021 Audi RS7

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4345*

4437

4497

4123

Length (in.)

196.4*

196.4

197.3

194.9

Width (in.)

74.9*

75.1

75.2

74.1

Height (in.)

58*

56.6

55.9

56.6

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.2*

5.0

4.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

117.4*

115.7

114.8

116

Track Width (in.) F/R

N/A

64.9/62.9

65.7/65

63.3/62.3

*2021 BMW M5 Competition Figures used for reference

All cars in the competition have a similarly aggressive, mean-looking stance but M5 CS comes with the most sporty bits. The Audi RS7 is a bit longer but has a short wheelbase. The M5 CS has the largest wheelbase and is the lightest of them all.

Exterior highlights include:

  • BMW’s signature kidney grille
  • 20-inch forged light-alloy wheels
  • Carbon Fiber accent

2022 BMW M5 CS Sedan Final Verdict

Well, there are two ways to answer this question. If you’re a BMW enthusiast and have a lot of money just lying around and you want a one-off BMW to flaunt among your friends, then definitely it is one of the best options out there]. But if you are somewhat practical like us then you might also feel like it is quite hard to justify the $40,000 price difference. You do get some carbon fiber parts, a few extra horses and some things here and there but still, that doesn’t feel like an upgrade worth 40 grand over the normal M5. Honestly, if we have to choose, we would go for a normal M5 and then get it to stage 1 tuning and some aftermarket carbon fiber parts. That may not make it as light as the CS but definitely a hell of a lot faster than it for quite a lesser price.