Outoging M5 was BMW's most successful ever, selling more than 20,000 units

BMW M5 production has come to an end.

In its outgoing form, BMW produced 20,548 M5 units in both saloon and Touring guises, which makes it the most successful M5 in 26 years of its existence.

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The saloon was by far the most successful of the two body shapes; only 1025 Tourings were made and a Touring model will not be produced when BMW launches its new M5.

The outgoing M5 was powered by a 5.0-litre V10 and achieved a 0-60mph time of just 4.6sec in its Autocar road test. Its top speed was capped at 155mph, although BMW claimed it could go 205mph de-restricted.

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The new M5 will be powered by the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 taken from the X5 M and X6 M and has also been used in Alpina’s own hot 5-series, the B5 Biturbo. It is set to go on sale in 2011.

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8 July 2010

end of an era. power from revs is a far better driving than turbo charged.

8 July 2010

which would you prefer rpm from an electric motor or rpm from a petrol turbo?

i agree though, i know and like the simpleness of NA tune cars. but will accommodate turbo petrols for the future.

i suppose its possible in a future technology for combustion engines that turbos may dissappear and some other method of energy recuperation will get used in the process.

8 July 2010

[quote Autocar]The outgoing M5 was powered by a 5.0-litre V10 and was capable of 0-62mph in just 4.2sec. Its top speed was capped at 155mph, although BMW claimed it could go 209mph de-restricted.[/quote] Try 0-62mph in 4.7sec and top speed of 205mph. If you want figures just look up the manufacturer's figures and stay out of Wikipedia.

8 July 2010

[quote Woigookin]

[quote Autocar]The outgoing M5 was powered by a 5.0-litre V10 and was capable of 0-62mph in just 4.2sec. Its top speed was capped at 155mph, although BMW claimed it could go 209mph de-restricted.[/quote] Try 0-62mph in 4.7sec and top speed of 205mph. If you want figures just look up the manufacturer's figures and stay out of Wikipedia.[/quote]
Actually Road & Track magazine got 0-60 in 4.1 in 2006.

8 July 2010

Great car and awesome engine! In many tests the M5 performed better than claimed figures... German Magazine Sport Auto recorded a 0-124 time of just 13.5 seconds, faster than Lambo Gallardo 5.0!

Bmw should make a sub-1500 kg mid engined GT with this engine, it would be great!


8 July 2010

[quote bigsipt]

[quote Woigookin]

[quote Autocar]The outgoing M5 was powered by a 5.0-litre V10 and was capable of 0-62mph in just 4.2sec. Its top speed was capped at 155mph, although BMW claimed it could go 209mph de-restricted.[/quote] Try 0-62mph in 4.7sec and top speed of 205mph. If you want figures just look up the manufacturer's figures and stay out of Wikipedia.[/quote]
Actually Road & Track magazine got 0-60 in 4.1 in 2006.
[/quote] Yeah, so, Road & Track can quote 4.1sec. This is the Autocar website, just in case you didn't notice!

8 July 2010

[quote matsoc]

Great car and awesome engine! In many tests the M5 performed better than claimed figures... German Magazine Sport Auto recorded a 0-124 time of just 13.5 seconds, faster than Lambo Gallardo 5.0!

Bmw should make a sub-1500 kg mid engined GT with this engine, it would be great!

[/quote]

There are enough Z4s around with that V10 slotted in...

But no F11 M5 Touring? Boo hiss! Merc still makes an E63 AMG estate, Audi still makes an RS6 Avant, it would be stupid of BMW to miss out on potential sales (even if small in number).

8 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]But no F11 M5 Touring?[/quote]

A matter of time.

8 July 2010

I'm surprised there were comparitively few Touring versions built versus the saloon. Must be the reverse for the Audi RS6.

I always preferred the Touring version of cars like these, a 'do everything' sort of machine.


8 July 2010

Apart from a 25th anniversary model (only 25 made worlwide in January) hasn't the M5 been out of production for months in the UK. The new shape saloon (minus M5 derivative) has been in production since Easter at least. The M variants are usually the last to appear and the first to disappear in the production life cycle.

Why this story appearing now?

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