Automakers and their marketing ploys this days. BMW calls their latest M5 model the “baddest wolf” meaning the road is its lamb. Thus, every time the M5 roars it has devoured some lamb chops.
The elite team at BMW M Gmbh were initially started for BMW’s racing exploits, however later they started to make higher grade models. The M5 is a progeny of this proud tradition. This is the most exclusive car built to be heads and shoulders above its counterparts the 5 series.
The 5 series are known as mid-sized luxury cars that are fitted to either a sedan or grand touring chassis. Being the fifth generation model, the current M5 was unveiled in the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is based on its 5 series counterpart the F10, and succeeded its predecessor the E60 M5.
Unlike its predecessor, the current BMW M5 decided to be turbo charged. Thus, this M5 comes with a V8 4.4L twin-turbo petrol engine. Not everyone is excited, especially prudish purists. Oddly enough with it getting 560 hp, it doesn’t match up the top speed of its naturally aspirated predecessor. Not only that the car is 90 kgs weightier than the previous M5 at 1945 kg. However, the incumbent has a new trick up its sleeve as it consumes 9.9 liters of fuel every 100 km, which is a 31% improvement on the previous model.
You have two options when it comes to transmission you can use the 7 speed dual clutch or if you prefer a greater feel of the road then you can settle on a 6 speed manual gearbox available only in the US. Car and Driver rates the automatic transmission over the manual, with such an authority you can’t argue.
The car goes from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, and it has an electronic limiter that makes sure that it reaches only a top speed of 250 km/h. However, the limiter can be removed and you can whiz by at 300 km/h.
For your brakes you have blue-painted brake calipers with 19” multi spoke wheels or 20” split 5 spoke wheels.
For the price of $ 94,100 you can be a proud owner of one of these sports sedans.
Okay, most people aren’t particularly happy with this M5, especially with its weight and unnatural steering. However, note that with all the safety tech and luxury features that have become the norm, automakers are finding it had to keep the weight in check. As for the other features surely BMW must be listening, let’s hope the next model doesn’t seem like a step backward.
If you don’t feel you fancy this, then you can go for the M5 Competition Package which was released last year. This is a more track intensive version with a little more fire under the belly at 575 hp, which is 15 hp more than your standard M5. The torque remains the same at 500 lb-ft, while the suspension has been revised making the car 10 mm lower.
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