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2005 BMW M5

2006 BMW M5

2006 BMW M5

2006 BMW M5

2006 BMW M5 interior

2006 BMW M5 steering wheel

Year (of specifications) 2005 - 2010
Engine 4999 cc V10
Transmission 7-speed, paddle shift manual
Max speed 155 mph limited
0-60 mph 4.5 seconds
Horsepower 501 bhp @ 7750 rpm
weight 1820 kg / 4012 lbs

fourth generation BMW M5 is the first M5 to use a V10 for power. The new V10 produces 500 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque (see also: BMW M6). This is mated to a seven-speed SMG transmission. In the tradition of BMW M, the chassis has been engineered to match the power while the exterior treatment is mild, yet distinctive.

The new V10 engine of the M5 redlines at 8,250 rpm, and provides 25% more power than the previous M5's V8. It features double-VANOS variable valve timing. Each cylinder has its own electronically controlled throttle butterfly.

Mated to the potent engine of the M5 is a seven-speed DSG sequential transmission. Eleven different shift settings are on offer, and the system incorporates a launch control function allowing for the fastest possible acceleration from standstill.

The 2006 M5 also features a DSC traction control system specifically developed for the car. Offering three settings, the default mode offers drivers the high levels of performance and stability you would expect of a car wearing the M badge. But by pressing the DSC button once the car reverts to M Dynamic Mode to allow an enthusiastic driver the ability to push the M5 to the absolute limits of traction, even permitting some sideslip and countersteering. If the DSC button is pressed again and held down DSC is completely disengaged.

Assisting further with performance the BMW M5 also comes with an MDrive button on the steering wheel, offering a one-touch function that changes the settings on the car to an enhanced sporting character. This setup is formatted via iDrive with the owner choosing the preferred SMG, Electronic Damper Control and DSC modes and, if specified, the rate of support the Active Seat Control side bolsters offer. Once programmed, the driver just presses the MDrive button on the steering wheel to transform the character of the M5.

While the chassis, suspension and steering of the BMW M5 are based on the design of the 5 Series, almost all components are new. The M5 also features a variable M differential lock that offers a high level of driving stability and traction, especially when accelerating out of high-speed corners. Stopping power in the M5 is also enhanced courtesy of a high performance braking system with cross-drilled ventilated discs and twin-piston calipers. They will haul the new M5 to a stop from 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 120 feet and from 124 mph (200 km/h) in just under 460 feet.

Compared to the standard BMW 5 Series, the styling of the M5 is very similar. But muted upgrades do in fact feature all over the car. The modified front spoiler and rear apron are instant giveaways. So too are the modified side sills. The wheel arches are more prominent in order to house the generous wheel and tire package. Following BMW M's recent traditions, the new M5 has more aerodynamic exterior mirrors, four tailpipes and exclusive wheels. Similar to the latest BMW M3, the M5 features exclusive gills incorporated into the front fenders.

The E60 BMW M5 was discontined in 2010.

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