The BMW M5
We are going to go back a few years here and have a write up on a performance car from when cylinders and engine size were all the rage.
This car is the BMW E60 M5 and was produced from 2005 to 2010.
The M5, powered by a high revving, naturally aspirated 5.0L V10 engine, has outputs of 373kW (500bhp) and 520Nm of torque. This engine revved all the way out to 8300rpm and sounds very special coming through the quad exhaust tips. As with any high revving, loud engine, it makes you turn your head very sharply to see what it is!
To make things a little interesting, there are two mode outputs for this engine. A standard one that makes 400bhp, but press the power button, and the full 500bhp are given. With this, the car can get up to 100kmh in a time of about 4.5 seconds.
There are two choices of transmission. A 7-speed semi-automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a 6-speed manual. Both transmissions send drive to the rear wheels.
It competes with the Mercedes E63 AMG and Audi RS6, and at the time they had a 6.2L V8, and a 5.0L twin turbo V10 engine respectively. In a straight line, this BMW was slower. Round the corners is where it shines however, matching up to BMW’s claim of ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’.
Being of this big engine nature, the fuel claim was 14.8L/100km which is rather high. Like anything, drive it hard and you can almost double that figure. Add that to a 70L fuel tank and you can figure out how far that will travel between fill-ups!
There are many versions of this car. Sedan, Wagon, Coupe, and Convertible. The coupe and convertible are under a slightly different name, the M6, but are practically the same car in terms of drivetrain and interior.
Like all of these big sedans, they are great for the family holidays or just cruising. Get the wagon, and you have an even more versatile practical car that the whole family can enjoy. Dad can also go hooning and do skids or take it to the local race track in the weekends.
On the interior side of things, there are a lot of things going on. Like all BMW’s there are a ton of options that you can choose from such as; heads-up-display, high beam assist, higher quality audio system, and premium materials just to name a few.
You can see in the picture the rev counter and how the redlining starts at 8000rpm. The speedo also goes through to 330kmh which it needs as it can get pretty close to it as it was one of the fastest sedans at the time!
Infotainment wise, it is using a version of BMW’s iDrive. This is rated as one of the best to use in the world and can play all you favourite tunes via iPod.
Over the time of all these years, there have been a lot of these that have been done up and are not stock any longer. The most common of things are: different wheels, wider body kits, lowered, bigger louder exhausts. Finding one that is stock and with low miles is getting harder and harder.
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