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M5 is the sports version of the executive sedan BMW 5-Series, one of the most popular sports sedans in the world. Its history starts in 1980 with the E12 M535i by BMW Motorsport unit, which served as a precursor of the future M5. The fifth generation of the model (F10) was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011, and sales started in November 2011. In BMW M5 Review you will find all the necessary information about this model.
Carefully crafted look with all the specifics of sporty design inherent in the M5, emphasizes the sportiness and athleticism of the car, especially the front, suggesting the hidden power under the hood. New technologies and innovative equipment add serious performance to the visual appeal. The fifth-generation BMW M5 received more space. This is partly explained by the fact that the BMW 5 Series is now built on the shortened platform of senior BMW 7-Series using all the latest technological innovations.
The BMW M5 equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, rear-view mirror with automatic black out - internal and side. In addition, the mirrors are equipped with heating and repeater of direction indicators. The position of multifunction steering wheel of sports type can be electrically adjusted. The front sport seats with leather upholstery are also equipped with electric memory function for driver and heating. Climate control system provides automatic adjustment of 4 zones. The multimedia equipment includes the radio BMW Professional with iDrive control interface and display 6,5 ", hands-free device with USB input and Bluetooth, optional - navigation system with 3D visualization and voice control, DVD-changer for 6 CDs, surround sound system Bang & Olufsen with 16-speakers, entertainment center for rear passengers with 9.2-inch screens, smartphone integration, including LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi and a variety of mobile office features, and 20GB of disk space for storing audio files.
M5 in this generation is equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 biturbo engine S63, namely, its variation - S63B44Tü. Compared with the standard S63, this engine is able to develop power to 560 hp and the torque up to 680 Nm. The change of the previous atmospheric V10 for the turbocharged engine was perceived quite negative by fans. The reason of the change is specified by the manufacturer as a solution due to stringent international environmental standards. Thus, the new S63 allowed reducing the carbon dioxide content in the exhaust gases by 25%. Another advantage of the turbo engine is a high torque at low revs. All M5 are equipped with function of engine stop-start and an active rear differential to redistribute torque.
Besides the new engine, the M5 also received a new transmission - 7-speed automatic dual-clutch in place of 7-step semi-automatic with one clutch. There was an attempt to reduce the vehicle weight by using carbon panel, however, F10 still weighs more than its predecessor E60, which is explained by the use of a larger platform. Even though the performance of a new sedan, both power and efficiency is certainly higher on the expense of a new power unit, the manufacturer had to work a lot on road performance, so the car retains the familiar “bold” nature of the M5.
BMW M5 Standard safety equipment includes the braking system ABS, EBD, BAS, the stability control system. In addition, the car is offered with front, side airbags, safety shutters and front knee airbags, active headrests. Additional equipment includes lane keeping assist, a night vision system with pedestrian recognition, a system of adaptive lighting of the road and the main beam control, and the system of circular review.
The exceptional potential of the BMW M5 can be successfully implemented on the track. And in everyday life the car is able to offer a sufficiently high level of practicality, and in the traveling for long distances the spacious cabin with a full back seat and a high level of equipment makes you feel more than comfortable. And despite the increase in size and weight, BMW M5 still features excellent dynamics and remains true to its sporting traditions.
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