...In performance testing, we've clocked the SMG-equipped M5 from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, while a manual-equipped car accomplished the same feat in 4.7 seconds. Estimated fuel economy, should one care, is an expectedly poor 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway and 13 mpg combined with either transmission. Safety: Standard safety equipment on the 2010 BMW M5 includes stability control, full-length side curtain airbags and front-seat side airbags. Rear-seat side airbags are optional. The government slapped the structurally similar BMW 5 Series with a disappointing three out of five stars for driver...
...The wheels, tires, brakes, suspension and steering also have been upgraded from that of the regular 5-series sedan. You would think that the M5 sedan, weighing nearly 2 tons, could get unwieldy in some situations. It doesn't. I'm convinced there's nothing you can do to undermine the M5's handling. For one thing, there's nearly 3 feet of rubber on the ground. The low-profile tires are 17 inches in diameter and 8 inches wide, ensuring plenty of grip. The power-assisted steering is superb. The M5 is agile, easy to maneuver and spectacular in high-speed turns. The four-wheel, anti-lock disc...
...and twin dual chrome-plated tailpipes give the M5 a sporty exterior appearance, while heated side-view mirrors with auto dimming, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a headlight washing system add style points as well as functionality.Inside, performance features give way to luxury appointments. Merino leather upholstery comes standard, while the M Sport heated front seats feature 18-way power adjustment, side bolsters, four-way lumbar support, two-way thigh support, and a two-setting memory system. A two-way power glass moonroof, M multi-function leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with...
...The special M-type suspension includes auxiliary springs. Interior Seating for five occupants is provided. Heated front bucket seats have 16-way power adjustment and four-way power lumbar support. Sport interiors feature grained Nappa Point leather, while the Luxury interior gets ultra-soft Nappa Heritage leather. A 12-speaker audio system with cassette and CD players is standard. Under the Hood The M5 holds a four-cam, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 394 hp and 368 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed-manual gearbox and heavy-duty clutch are standard. An automatic transmission is not...
...with three different driver-selected programs in each mode, including a low-speed assistance option that will help the car move smoothly through heavy traffic. There's also an automatically activated parking mode and launch control mode. For the first time, the M5 will come with a multi-plate limited-slip differential that intervenes rapidly at early stages to control wheelspin and to keep the car stable. Standard electronic control dampers are also new; this allows the suspension to switch the damping characteristics of the shock absorbers from Comfort, Sport or Sport Plus modes. There are...
...system Two types of wood trim available Standard heated seats Available head-up display Available high-beam assist turns on the high beams automatically when necessary in low-light situations; system can be overridden by driver Under the Hood Sport sedan purists will be pleased to hear that the M5 can have a conventional six-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option. The M-calibrated Dynamic Stability Control system has two driving programs available, and it can be deactivated. With a braking system adapted from the auto racing world, the M5 can brake from 62 mph to a standstill in less...
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We have the first details of the third reported crash involving a new 2013 BMW M5, which took place yesterday near the town of Soesterberg in the Netherlands. Despite this... June 5, 2012 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran 2
Just a few weeks back we brought you a link to the 2013 BMW M5 order guide, which gave you the ability to spec out and price a new M5 sedan built to your own standards. Now... May 17, 2012 by Kurt Ernst