The new BMW M5 (the fifth generation of this successful car) is a high-performance sports car whose exceptional dynamic potential is geared solely at the demands of track use yet still set a new standard in everyday driving with its supreme touring comfort and innovative equipment features.
Displaying state-of-the-art technology and astonishingly dynamic handling for which BMW M cars have become renowned, the M5 features the most powerful engine ever fitted in a series-produced model from BMW M GmbH, an innovative Active M Differential and model-specific chassis technology.
Under the bonnet of the new BMW M5 lies a newly developed, high-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo (consisting of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, a cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Injection and Valvetronic fully variable valve control) that showcases a maximum output of 412 kW at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 680 Newton metres between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The acceleration of 0 – 100 km/h is in 4.4 seconds (0 – 200 km/h in 13.0 seconds), and while output has increased by around 10% and maximum torque is up by more than 30%, the new BMW M5 burns over 30% less fuel than its predecessor.
The chassis technology of this car includes electronically controlled dampers, M-specific Servotronic steering, a stability control system with M Dynamic Mode and high-performance compound brakes, all tuned to the output profile of the powerplant. The power of the incredible engine transfers to the rear wheels via a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic with a traction-optimised automatic gear selection that has Launch Control and Low Speed Assistance.
Agile handling is thanks to the innovative rear axle differential with Active M Differential, which is an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential that enables fully variable distribution of drive between the rear wheels to optimise traction and stability in dynamic lane change manoeuvres and acceleration out of corners.
The interior design, control concept and innovative equipment features include sports seats, an M leather steering wheel (with an electrically operated steering column adjustment), an M-specific instrument cluster, a leather-covered centre console, Merino leather upholstery, Aluminium Trace interior trim strips, BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, four-zone automatic climate control, and ambient light. Also for the first time, two M Drive buttons have been fitted as standard for the driver to call up the ideal car set-up for the situation at hand.
Characteristic body designs, with the familiar M aesthetics, contribute to performance characteristics. Features include a front apron with extremely large air intakes for the engine and brakes, athletically flared wheel arches to emphasise wide track, the hallmark M “gills” with integrated indicator bars, an aerodynamically optimised rear apron with diffuser between the right and left-hand pair of twin exhaust tailpipes, a gurney-style rear spoiler on the boot lid, and 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in an exclusive double-spoke design.
The new BMW M5 goes on sale in South Africa in the last quarter of 2011.