(Source BMW ) After three generations and 20 years since the
launch of the first BMW M5, more the 35,000 sales and countless
attempts by competitors to emulate its performance and success, the
BMW M5 still makes its position as the benchmark. Each successive
generation has extended the bounds of both performance and luxury.
The last generation M5, the most successful ever, significantly
pushed the performance envelope with the first V8 from BMW M, mated
to a six-speed transmission.
The all-new fourth generation M5 pushes that envelope even further
with the first V10 engine to power a production sedan. The new V10
produces 500 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque by European measure.
This new engine is mated to a seven-speed SMG transmission. With
this new powertrain the M5 offers the best power-to-weight ratio in
its class. In the tradition of BMW M, the chassis has been
engineered to keep up with the power while the exterior treatment is
subtle, yet distinctive.
|| 383 lb-ft @
Weight lb (kg)
|| 4012 (1821)
Acceleration 0-62 mph
|| 4.5 sec.
|| Rear Wheel
|| $81,000 to
BMW M5 First
high-revving engine to be featured in a production sedan
the first application of a V10 engine in a regular production sedan,
if it's possible to call any product from BMW M "regular."
It once again sets the benchmark in its class. This engine was
engineered to rev, with a redline of 8,250. With 25 percent more
power than the previous M5's V8, this new engine offers 100
horsepower per liter of displacement, pure race car territory. The
90o V10 is designed for maximum stiffness and minimum vibration.
The new V10 features double-VANOS variable valve timing. Each
cylinder has its own electronically controlled throttle butterfly.
The new MS S65 engine management system uses the most powerful
processors currently approved for use in automobiles. It has been
designed specifically to deal with the V10's high output and high
revs as well as the comprehensive controls that are required.
gearbox features Drivelogic
driver of the new M5 is able to maximize the potential of the new
V10 engine with a seven-speed SMG gearbox. Like other BMW SMG
gearboxes shifts can be made from either the lever on the center
console or the paddles on the steering wheel. Compared to the
previous SMG, gear changes happen 20 percent faster with this latest
generation SMG, making for smooth, crisp shifts.
With Drivelogic, at the driver's disposal are eleven program
options. This enables the SMG's shift characteristics to be tailored
to suit the driving situation and the mood. Six of these programs
can be selected in the sequential manual gearbox mode (S mode).
These programs adjust shifting speed and style because, in the S
mode, the driver does all the shifting. In the Drive (D mode) the
transmission shifts automatically, depending on which of the five
programs is selected, the driving situation, the road speed and the
position of the accelerator pedal.
Taken together the drivetrain of the new M5 provides truly awe
inspiring performance. From rest 60 miles per hour will be reached
in well under five seconds. The rush of acceleration never lets up
until the electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.
The top speed may be limited but with the speedometer reaching all
the way to 205 mph, the mind conjures intriguing possibilities.
The perfect blend
of ride comfort and agility
has long been known for handling that matches its performance,
carefully blended with impressive ride comfort. More than just a
"tuned" 5 Series suspension, the aluminum suspension on
the M5 has been engineered to match its performance. The suspension
is mated to 19-inch wheels with performance tires. Keeping power on
the road is critical, so the M5 features the Variable M differential
lock. By constantly monitoring and comparing the speed of the rear
wheels, the Variable M differential lock can ensure that power gets
to the drive wheel with the most traction even in extreme driving
situations. Its benefits are particularly apparent when accelerating
out of a corner.
The Dynamic Stability Control system in the M5 has been designed to
suit its performance. Of course, the DSC can be deactivated at the
push of a button. The M5's DSC also offers the choice of two driving
dynamics programs. One allows DSC to function the way it always has.
At the touch of a button, the M Dynamic Mode is engaged which lets
DSC facilitate more spirited driving.
To ensure that this level of handling does not compromise ride
quality, the new M5 features Electronic Damping Control, with three
program modes (comfort, normal, sport). EDC constantly adjusts the
suspension to suit the driving conditions.
To complement its performance potential, the M5 is equipped with
generously sized high performance brakes with perforated compound
brake discs. The aluminum twin-piston brake calipers have been
designed for minimum unsprung weight and maximum stiffness. They
will haul the new M5 to a stop from 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 120
feet and from 124 mph (200 km/h) in just under 460 feet.
Styling is subtle
the tradition of BMW M, the exterior styling of the new M5 follows
the "wolf in sheep's clothing" philosophy. The casual
observer may not, at first glance, recognize the M5's performance
potential. The less casual observer instantly will. The modified
front spoiler and rear apron are instant giveaways. So too are the
modified side sills. The wheel arches are more prominent in order to
house the generous wheel and tire package. Following BMW M's recent
traditions, the new M5 has more aerodynamic exterior mirrors, four
tailpipes and exclusive wheels. Similar to the latest M3, the M5
features exclusive gills incorporated into the front fenders.
The exclusive leather interior features sports seats. Other styling
touches, from the instrument cluster to the center console and the
steering wheel are all unique to the M5. Even the optional head-up
display is M-specific.