The BMW M5 Guide

Introducing the BMW M5

Guide Version: 1.0. This guide was created on 09-18-2015 and updated monthly with new information.

The BMW M5 launches itself as more than just a sedan—the outperforming four-door luxury super sedan is one of the fastest in the auto industry today. That and with every bit of comfort in its line of priority.

While most of us think the idea of ‘regression’ may be disagreeable, it certainly applies to the BMW M5. For this go-faster saloon of a car, packing a few cylinders rather than direct antecedent to the engine may have been its solution.

Well, lump it or like it, the BMW M5 will certainly represent the idea of an inconsequential drain on our global resources as compared to some big-selling family hatch. But BMW retains its environmental consciousness.

What You Need To Know About the BMW M5

Performance

The luxurious sedan is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine capable of producing 560 hp and 500 pound feet of torque. While this may already be more than enough, BMW offers several packages to the BMW M5 such as the Competition package that delivers 575 hp and the 30th Anniversary limited-edition model that packs a whopping 600 hp. Transmission comes in as a M Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) standard seven-speed-automated-manual with steering-wheel-mounted paddles shifters. But with a no-cost option, you can have it your way as a conventional six-speed manual transmission. Although others consider it a frustrating feature, the BMW M5 still comes with the defeatable automatic stop-start engine feature and their torque-vectoring rear differential.

Mileage of the BMW M5 is estimated at 17mpg combined with the manual transmission and 16 mpg combined with the seven-speed automated manual. This, of course, is all aligned with EPA’s estimates.

Driving

From the 560 and 600 hp ready on tap, the BMW M5 easily launches through the asphalt in virtually any situation. In comfort setting, the seven-speed automated manual transmission smoothly shifts just like a regular automatic. In Sport and Sport+ mode, however, its lightning quick response summons the manual shifts, via the shift lever or steering wheel paddles, are summoned. For that sporty feel aimed at the purists, though, the conventional six-speed manual shouldn’t be a problem.

When it comes to conquering tight maneuvers, the BMW M5 manages to stay composed and flat. While you may lose up to just 10mm suspension travel, it’s all worth the trade-off for the firm ride—even noticed in the softest suspension setting. This option is suitable for those who drive on less pristine pavement. The standard brakes provide great feedback and works brilliantly.

Interior

Inside the BMW M5, you are greeted with copious amounts of aluminum and leather. To spoil the front and driver passenger seats, it’s equipped with 16-way-adjustable seats along with articulating backrests and headrests, and adjustable side bolters—a sure fire way of making your drive nothing but comfortable. The design is not only limited to the aesthetics as it feels as good as it looks. With a slightly retro look, the steering wheel has thin spokes but with meaty contoured trims to give it a joy to grip.

Of course, the BMW M5 would surely be amiss in BMW’s greatest innovation if it would be amiss of the BMW iDrive system. And it would be a total understatement to say that the iDrive system works well with the BMW M5. As it continues to evolve, the iDrive system features the widest screen seen in any automotive as of today; display has state-of-the-art graphics that are crisp and clear; there is a control knob that serves as the center console for everything—climate-control, navigation function, entertainment, as well as various vehicle settings. One of the notable features in the BMW M5 is the introduction of the Touchpad entry. It’s an emerging feature that BMW is currently testing the waters with in the automotive realm. By using your fingertips to freehand trace letters and numbers, it enables the user to input navigation information. Although the iDrive interface can be easily understand and use, its sheer number of menus will take you some time to familiarize yourself with. But luckily, for the dynamic features and drivetrain, they have their own buttons in the gearshift lever so you won’t have any troubles with it.

Safety

Like all other BMWs, standard safety features of the BMW M5 are over the roof; stability and traction control, ventilated antilock disc brakes, brake fade compensation, cornering brae control, hill-hold assist, and brake drying are some features that come standard. The BMW M5 also comes packed with additional standards notably absent in some sedans such as; front seat-mounted side airbags, front airbags, knee protection, active front-seat head restraints, rearview camera, and the standard 10-year subscription to BMW Assist’s emergency services. The impact sensor also comes standard. It works by disconnecting the battery from the alternator, fuel pump, and starter then works by turning on the interior lights and hazard lights which unlock all doors.

There are, of course, options for your BMW M5. There are stand-alone options that include carbon-ceramic brakes, night-vision camera systems that can display and identify oncoming animals and objects/people beyond the cars range. In addition to options, there is the Driver Assistance Plus package that adds blind-spot warning system and lane departure system, a speed limit information, frontal collision mitigation system, and top- and side-view cameras.

BMW M5 SPECS

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

HORSEPOWER: 575 hp (600 for Competition Package) @ 6000 rpm

TORQUE: 500 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

FUEL ECONOMY- 17/20mpg

TRANSMISSION- 6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

FUEL TANK CAPACITY: 21.1 gal.

CYLINDER CONFIGURATION: V8

DRIVE TYPE: rear-wheel-drive

TOP SPEED- N/A

0-60MPH- 3.7 sec

Price:  $100,425

WHY YOU SHOULD GET THE BMW M5

For those wanting their desire for a performance-driven car that has that luxury feel fulfilled, then the BMW M5 might just be the resounding case for having your care and eating it, too. Positively alluring, the performance-driven version of this stately sedan guarantees satisfaction for any purist wanting the most out of their four-door.  But really, inside the BMW M5 is just the simple formula that hits the sweet spot of anyone wanting the best from their sedan. The formula is also simple: take a five-passenger sedan and turn it into something with a luxurious feel, add a high-end engine capable of delivering astounding output, place the sporty suspension, a couple of sticky tires, then some badges and elements to keep the true capabilities of a sedan in-line with the aesthetics.

The BMW M5, along with any other car in their M5 series, is a surprisingly agile and ludicrously fast sedan. The twin-turbocharged V8 can tune in 560 horsepower on standard but revs up to 600 hp and tightens down the suspension further thanks to the Competition package. There is an option of either a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission or a conventional six-speed manual gearbox. Both of which can deliver 0-60 in as little as 4 seconds. And 20 mpg, if you use it with just a bit of prudence, isn’t bad for the M5. The torque vectoring rear differential and driver-adjustable suspension of the BMW M5 also marks this big sedan as very capable yet enjoyable when twisting on the roads.

Be that as it may, there are a lot of cars that are exciting in their own right, especially when it comes to the sedan realm. But still, the BMW M5 has that right blend of refinement and athleticism that undoubtedly hits the right chord for those looking for high-performance four-doors that still has those luxury amenities. It’s heavier and larger than ever, that is to note, but it’s still exceedingly capable when tearing down the track.

PROS

√ Powerful yet refined V8 engine;

Impressive handling

√ Responsive dual-clutch automated manual transmission;

√ Excellent seats;

√ Available manual transmission.

CONS

× Less engaging to drive than its forebears;

× Feels sleepy in its default performance settings;

× Sometimes-harsh ride quality;

× Lacks a thrilling V8 sound