With the arrival of the new BMW M5, many customers are considering whether to swap the old one with the latest model. The new M5 is a 560hp rear-wheel drive sports saloon. Through its official Website, the prices were indicated. The car that is used for the entire family will cost £73,040 (approximately about $118,300 at the current exchange rate.”) The US version is priced closer to the $85,700 MSRP of the outgoing model.
Compared to the 4.4-liter BMW, this model is lower by 50hp but the Jaguar delivers the 2012 XFR at £65,350, making it cheaper than the M5 by over £7,000. It’s reported that the 550 hp version of the same supercharged 5.0-liter engine that was presented in the XKR-S coupe will cost roughly £100,000.
The rival of BMW M5 is the RS6 quattro traction model that doesn’t incite much excitement when it’s on the track. But then, fans should know that the newest version won’t start selling just yet. So far, it has been revealed that it will deliver 580 hp.
The new F10 M5 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. It has a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). The M5 requires about 13 seconds, however, it is electronically limited from going more than 155 mph (250 km/h). The M-Drivers-Package has a top speed to 189 mph (305km/h).
The outline of the M5 Saloon shows that it is more extended. Reinforcing this impression are the set-back passenger compartment, the long wheelbase, and the side window that comes in high gloss black. Proving that this version does indeed have those athletic features is the M suspension that has been lowered with its flared wheel arches.
The flush wheels, be it the 19-inch or 20-inch version, also help in highlighting this quality. The way the wheels have been configured make sure that the fixed six-piston calipers of the M5 Saloon’s braking system does not go unnoticed. The trademark M gills are still in the front side section but have been given a new interpretation and placed inside a chrome frame that has the BMW M logo. By using a horizontal crease line, the aerodynamic shape of the mirror casings is highlighted.
This same casings have the same color as that of the body though the bases and lower edges also sport a high-gloss black. The side skirts have a strong protrusion with a rising fold helping to put extra attention to the wheels. It even puts an additional highlight and certifies that the M5 Saloon is truly the flagship of BMW’s 5-Series line-up. At the back are horizontal lines that allow this new offering from BMW a sporty and wide bearing.
In order to make sure that the underfloor section gets the needed airflow, the lower edge of its apron has a diffuser integrated to it. There is also the twin-tailpipe exhaust system that has been placed on each side of this diffuser. This exhaust system is a trademarked feature of the M5 Saloon. Helping offer extra downforce when running at high speed, the boot lid has on its rear edge a subtle Gurney flap. The lights in the rear follow an L-shape and make use of LED strips. Meanwhile, the brake lamps and the indicators ensure that the M5 is indeed recognizable as a BMW, whether it is day or night. As a result of the front, the sides, and the rear having design features that are exclusive to the M-Series, this enables the 5-Series Saloon to have a forceful look and at the same time have a confident attitude.
Most of the designs implemented were due to the fact that it was influenced by the many technical requirements of this ultra-high-performance car. The design of the interior is just as excellent. For the M5, it manages to mix three key qualities: the luxury that can only be experienced in a premium car, space that only a prestige saloon can provide, and a cockpit similar to a sports car. It has the bespoke M Sports seats and the Merino leather upholstery.
The interior trim strips are in Aluminium Trace with the Individual roof liner being in Anthracite. Equipped in the interior is the BMW iDrive control system that has the 10.2-inch Control Display. Fitted as standard on the sill panels is the M5 lettering. The traditional BMW M circular dials are still there with the red needles being bathed in white light. Its instrument cluster though now utilizes the black-panel technology. The cruise control functions, the telephone, and radio, to name a few, are controlled by the multi-function buttons that are placed on the M leather steering wheel.
On the driver’s left-hand side, there are two M Drive buttons that activate a pre-configured setting which provides a sports feel to the car as well as characteristics that are focused on comfort. Meanwhile on the front, there is the grille with the wide-spread M slats in black. Since the twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the M5 Saloon has certain cooling requirements, three air intakes have been put on the low front apron in order to meet this demand.
Still on the front end, the lower edge has air channelling flaps that ensure that aerodynamics is optimized. This is because it was mainly created on the race tracks. The bonnet has curves that join to form a V-shape. It also meets the standard double-kidney grille of the brand which is on top of a forward projecting central opening and in the middle of a pair of curving side intakes. When put together, they highlight the M5 Saloon’s width. The front also has the standard bi-xenon lights which contain the rather distinct lights rings with LED. Placed in it as well are the indicator lights made up of 10 LED units. One can also observe the well-known twin round headlamps on which the LED accents light is able to cut across its top.