bhp @ 7750 rpm
lb-ft @ 6100 rpm
hp per liter
mph (electronically limited)
(from BMW Press
Release) It has been 20 years since the launch of the
first BMW M5. After three generations, 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 507 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.
First high-revving engine to be
featured in a production sedan
This is 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.
Seven-speed SMG gearbox features
The 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
The M5 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
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 but purposeful
In 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.
The all-new BMW M5 once again combines the comfort and amenities one
expects of a luxury sedan with the performance capability and
driving experience that can be provided by few cars of any type.