July 5, 2004
BMW shows new M5
Munich, Germany – BMW has released photos and details of the new M5 high performance sedan. The new M5 features a 507 horsepower V10 engine which redlines at 8,000 rpm, and provides a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in less than five seconds.
The M5 reaches 200 km/h after a mere 15 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). If maximum speed was not electronically limited, the M5 could reach 330 km/h, says the company.
The M5 also features a new seven-speed SMG gearbox. As before, gears can be changed using a shift lever on the centre console or paddles on the steering wheel, but compared to the previous SMG transmission, changing gears is 20 percent faster with the new SMG, says BMW. With the SMG’s drivelogic function, the driver can choose from eleven gear change options, which enable the driver to adapt the SMG’s characteristics to their own style of driving.
The M5’s suspension and its electronic assistants have been either exclusively developed for the new M5, undergone extensive modifications or adapted to the special M performance, says the company. The new brakes with aluminium twin-piston sliding callipers provide braking from 100 km/h to 0 in under 36 metres.
Other new features of the M5 include DSC with two selectable driving dynamics programs, Electronic Damper Control with comfort, normal and sport modes, and a variable, torque-sensing differential lock.
The M5 comes with a leather interior in three different colours, different from the 5-Series. Other differences versus the 5 Series are the instrument cluster, the optional M-specific head-up display, the steering wheel with MDrive buttons and the redesigned centre console.