The BMW M5 first came out in February 1984 in Amsterdam as the E28 first generation. Two thousand more models were hand-built in the next three years, and then succeeded with 50,000 M5s that have spanned four generations. Unfortunately little improvement is seen in the latest F10 generation BMW M5 super-saloon. Fewer packing cylinders are seen in the new model, a serious downgrade from the faster and more powerful saloon. So how does the current M5 fare considering its once glamorous predecessors?
In terms of power, the BMW M5 engine contains a 4.4-litre aluminum 90deg V8 that is fueled by two twin-scroll Honeywell turbochargers. At 552bhp from 6000rpm to 7000rpm and with a rev at 7200rpm, the V8 boasts of more power than the V10. According to BMW, this baby is considered one of the M series finest in terms of throttle response and high-rev fireworks. The V8 also boasts of 502lb ft from 1500 to 5750 rpm, a huge improvement at 30 per cent more torque than the previous generation. The 30 per cent increase also applies to fuel efficiency, plus a 50 per cent enhancement to the cruising range.
The BMW M5 also hosts other changes, such as a robust, light, yet strong and simple suspension, as well as electro-hydraulic power steering. Double wishbones still appear at the front, along with the rear’s multi-links. Aluminum chassis members have also been forged, along with a wider front track size. Other noted improvements are the adaptive dampers and the progressive rate springs.
The interior also impresses with its practicality, luxury, and quality. Headroom and legroom are spacious enough in all five seats. Drivers and passengers are treated to soft extended merino leather, along with other features such as a DAB radio, a head up display, and adaptive bi-xenon headlights. One distracting downside, however, is the Active Sound Design system. This system redirects the V8’s sound to the audio speakers and can be controlled according to specific frequencies and volumes. You can even take live data on the road speed data and throttle load from the ECU itself.
The performance of the BMW M5 can either be a hit or a miss. Throttle can get out of hand and overwhelm anyone who underestimates the vehicle’s accelerative potential. You’ll end up having to activate the DSC stability control midway and lose that speedy momentum you’re after with a BMW. Turning off the DSC, on the other hand, also spins out the engine’s power. You’ll have to take extra care by using only 80 per cent of the throttle at first gear. Short shift into the second so you can push flat the right hand pedal. Once you’ve done all these, you can cruise through that acceleration in full force. Speed persists in the seven-speed, dual-clutch M DCT transmission, letting the car pace through each velocity with the right precision. Auto mode will readily ease you into specific presets of your choice but shift into manual and you’ll be becoming one with the journey as the M5 quickly responds to each transition.
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