The new fifth-generation model of the BMW M5 Saloon combines track-car dynamics and enhances touring comfort even further. The BMW M5 Saloon is regarded as the most successful high-performance saloon in the world for over 25 years. It has set the standards for the premium executive saloon. The fifth-generation model is equipped with the most powerful engine that was ever designed by BMW's high-performance M division.
On its world debut, it features a race-bred chassis technology that comes with an Active M differential and electronic damping control for the first time ever.
The car has technical requirements that have been the basis for its unique exterior design. The luxurious sports car-like cockpit provides a wide-ranging lineup of innovative driver assistance systems and mobility services. Making its world debut on the new M5 is a turbocharged power unit -- a high-revving 4.4-litre (4,395cc) V8 engine.
It could deliver 560hp from 5,750-7,000rpm, making it the most powerful series-production engine to ever come from BMW's high-performance M division. The M5 features BMW’s M TwinPower Turbo technology, twin-scroll turbochargers, high-precision direct fuel injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and a cross-bank exhaust manifold.
This means that the famous BMW M-car thrust with seamless lag-free delivery offers an amazing speed with its 680Nm of torque from just 1,500rpm. When compared to the previous V10-engined M5, its maximum power is higher by about 10% while its peak torque is up by over 30%.
All these make the M5 capable of accelerating from zero to 62mph in only 4.4 seconds, and to go from a standstill to 124mph in only 13 seconds. It has a voluntary limited top speed of 155mph. The new M5 Saloon will be available in the UK in November 2011, priced at £73,040 on-the-road.
The BMW M5 Saloon is developed under Hallmark M’s driving dynamics. This special category places the M5 Saloon as one of the safest high-performance RWD’s on the road. The “Active M”, as they call it, keeps the car steady with the use of multi-plate limited slip differential on the wheelspin. This automated controller works with a hi-speed data transfer technology (known as FlexRay) towards the DSC system.
Aside from determining the yaw rate, rotational speed and the accelerator’s position, the control unit also helps calculate the necessary locking force from 0%-100%. This technology gives the driver the best driving dynamics possible. So just like all model M’s that are available, the new BMW M5 Saloon is also agile, highly responsive and has superior safety.
The Dynamic Stability Control is connected to the car’s M dynamic mode intervention unit. In fact, the BMW M5’s overall driving dynamics is also associated to the vehicle’s Start-off assistant, Brake Drying function and Brake Fade Compensation modules. Above all, the DSC is also linked to the Brake Assistant unit, DBC, CBC and the ABS. Meanwhile, there are three settings for the dampers, which include the Sports Plus, Sport and Comfort driving dynamics.
The strong yet lightweight components on the chassis are made possible by the M5’s bespoke M suspension with racing-developed axle kinematics.
As for its on-road agility and performance, we can only be thankful to the excellent power-to-weight ratio and the well-balanced front – rear weight of the M5 saloon. There’s no doubt about it. The 3.3kg/bhp only proves that the new BMW is truly as impressive as the other cars designed for the racetracks.