Video games are becoming a go-to source for car manufacturers to show off their latest models. In Need for Speed: Payback, for instance, EA has announced that the latest addition to the M Series from BMW will be revealed, the 2018 M5.
Not everybody has enough spare change in the bank to pick up the latest luxury car from BMW, so it's nice to know that we'll at least be able to simulate that experience in the latest Need for Speed. EA and BMW made the announcement official this morning, giving players yet another four-wheeled beast to look forward to when the game launches this fall.
According to EA, this marks the first time BMW has chosen to reveal one of their vehicles through a video game. It was certainly an appropriate affair, with the Germany-based manufacturer pulling back the curtain on their new ride at Gamescom, the massive games expo that also just so happens to be based in Germany.
According to the press release, it sounds like the M5 is geared toward drivers who crave sensibility, style and speed.
Ghost Games Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson said the M5 will be a solid addition to Need for Speed's roster, saying it'll be a good choice whether players are just cruising around the in-game world, trying to outrun the cops or taking part in the game's many Heist Missions.
BMW shared a whole bunch of technical specs, including the fact that the M5 sports 442 kW/600hp and a peak torque of 750 Nm. Sadly, I'm not super versed in what goes on under the hood of these top-of-the-line automobiles, so I'll just have to take their word for it that those numbers are impressive. Any gearheads in the audience can feel free to expand upon that in the comments below.
Even if you've got a nice car sitting in the garage or are planning on picking up an M5 for yourself, the cool thing about Need for Speed is that it lets you do things with the virtual car that you probably wouldn't want to do with the real thing. You'll be able to take the M5 and the rest of the game's lineup across multiple terrains, whipping around corners and shooting down straightaways at speeds that would be considered ill-advised for your standard Sunday drive.