£67,075 (approx $131,212)
101.4 hp per liter
(from BMW Group Press
Release) New 5 Series range introduces the ultimate driving estate
and brand new efficiency and safety technologies
BMW has announced details of the revised 5 Series Saloon and Touring
range, topped off by the new BMW M5 Touring. From its launch in
2003, the E60 5 Series delivered year-on-year sales records and
received numerous accolades. The new 5 Series is set to build on
that success with more performance, efficiency, practicality and
owner appeal. Offering new engine technology to increase performance
yet improve economy by up to 25 per cent, and class-leading
comfort-focused equipment such as Lane Departure Warning System, the
new 5 Series is set to remain the benchmark Executive car.
The new BMW M5 Touring
Powered by the back-to-back International Engine of the Year-winning
engine driving through BMW’s unique seven-speed Sequential Manual
Gearbox, the new M5 Touring offers up to 1,650 litres of boot space
for owners needing to move sizeable loads…… quickly.
With the previous M5 Touring (E34) only available in left-hand
drive, the arrival of the new M5 Touring marks the first time the
high-performance estate has been offered to British customers.
Powered by the same normally aspirated 5.0-litre V-10 cylinder
engine as its Saloon counterpart, the new M5 Touring redlines at
8,250rpm. 507hp and 520Nm of torque propel the car from zero to
62mph in 4.8 seconds (only 0.1 seconds slower than the Saloon).
Without the 155mph electronic limiter the new M5 Touring would be
capable of achieving 200mph while still transporting the largest of
This balance of ultimate practicality and performance is summed up
by Lee Connolly, BMW UK’s Product Manager for the new M5 Touring
“The M5 Touring will be the perfect car for delivering supercar
owners’ luggage to their holiday homes in France or Spain. Usefully,
their luggage will arrive before they do!”
These levels of performance are in part made possible by the world’s
first seven-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox with Drivelogic in a
production car. The gearbox features eleven different change
patterns to offer the driver a personally-tuned driving experience -
six settings vary speed and response of gear change in a manual mode
and there are five automatic modes. A Launch Control function
delivers the fastest possible acceleration from standstill.
Like the Saloon, the new M5 Touring features a three-stage DSC+
traction control system. The default mode offers drivers high levels
of performance and stability. M Dynamic Mode allows an enthusiastic
driver the ability to push the M5 Touring to, and beyond, the
absolute limits of traction, permitting some sideslip and
countersteering before the system cuts in and is selected in the M
Drive Manager (see below). If the DSC button is pressed, DSC+ is
BMW M’s variable M differential also offers the highest levels of
driving stability and traction, especially when accelerating out of
high-speed corners, with up to 100 per cent of drive being
transferred to the rear wheel with most traction. Finally, the
Electronic Damper Control (EDC) system offers three suspension
settings to complement the prevailing driving conditions.
MDrive Manager packages these programmable settings, so that the
touch of a single button sets the car up as required. Like a boy
visiting his favourite sweet shop, the M5 driver can select his
preferred settings for power, gearbox, EDC and DSC modes, Head-up
Display and the degree of Active Seat bolster support, via the
iDrive menu. One-touch of the M Drive button on the steering wheel
then selects the desired combination and instantly changes the
character of the car. One moment the M5 Touring is a placid and
practical family car, the next it’s more akin to a track day
Visually, the new M5 Touring follows BMW M’s philosophy of high
performance shrouded in the body of a standard car with discreet
styling enhancements that highlight the potential under the skin.
The larger front air dam, side sills, monikered side gills and a
rear valance with BMW M’s quad tailpipes protruding all hint at the
performance of the world’s most dynamic estate car.
Internally the new M5 Touring features the same enhancements as the
‘standard’ 5 Series (see below) as well as offering the Active Seat
bolsters from the M5 Saloon. In addition, the Touring variant comes
with BMW’s innovative iDrive control system with new short cuts -
eight freely programmable buttons for instant porgramme selection.
Finally, music aficionados can now specify the BMW Individual High
End Audio system that uses 16 loud speakers to generate an
ear-ringing 825 watts.
The new BMW M5 Touring starts production in March 2007 and will be
priced at £67,075 on the road.