With a design that sparked many controversies, the fifth-5 Series from BMW shook the world when it was launched in 2003. Then, two years later, the top-performer M5 stormed the performance-sedan market with its F1-inspired powerplant.
While its previous M5 versions were more subtle in terms of design, compared with their less-powered 5 Series siblings, the 2005 model was more daring. It sported an aggressive styling for the front bumper with a wide, V-shaped lower grille flanked on the sides by functional scoops needed to cool the brakes. On the front fenders, the carmaker installed a pair of vents with M5 badging. Its unique, 19”, 10-spoke light-alloy wheels gave the car a sportier look. From the back, a quad-exhaust system warned the bystanders that this was not regular 5 Series.
The carmaker installed all the goodies it had on the storage on the interior, such as high-bolstered seats at the front and a wide center console fitted with the iDrive infotainment controller. The leather upholstery covered the seats, the bench, the door panels, and the front center armrest. For the dashboard, the design team imagined a two-cluster design, with the one in the middle for the infotainment unit while the one in front of the driver was for the dials and gauges.
Under the hood, BMW installed a Formula 1-inspired V10 powerplant. It provided 400 hp on regular driving modes and up to 507 while in M-mode. It paired it to a standard seven-speed automatic (SMG) transmission. On the US market a six-speed manual was available as an option.
ENGINE SPECS - 5.0L V10 7AT (507 HP)
|Power:||373 KW @ 7750 RPM|
507 HP @ 7750 RPM
500 BHP @ 7750 RPM
|Torque:||384 lb-ft @ 6100 RPM|
520 Nm @ 6100 RPM
|Fuel System:||Multipoint Injection|
|Top Speed:||155.3 mph (250 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||4.7 s|
|Drive Type:||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Tire Size:||255/40 ZR19 (Front) - 285/35 ZR19 (Rear)|
|Length:||191.1 in (4854 mm)|
|Width:||72.7 in (1847 mm)|
|Height:||57.8 in (1468 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||62.2/61.7 in (1,580/1,567 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||113.7 in (2888 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||18.4 cuFT (521 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||4035.2 lbs (1830 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||5071.5 lbs (2300 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||10.4 mpg US (22.6 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||23.1 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||15.9 mpg US (14.8 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||357 g/km|