BMW M5 Sedan Review

By Somdatta Basu   |  October 23, 2013

Overview

The German automaker BMW brought its M Series sports luxury cars into India in 2007. The available models are the M5 Sedan, M3 coupe & M3 cabriolet. The BMW M5 is a full-size sport sedan which is built on the front engine, rear wheel drive (FR) platform. It is faithful to the M philosophy and perfectly combines high-performance with optimum everyday practicality. The intricately constructed M high-performance chassis has been redeveloped from scratch.


Powertrain & Performance

The BMW M5 Sedan is equipped with a powerful 4.4l V8 engine that churns out 552 bhp @ 6000-7000 rpm and a maximum torque of 680 Nm @ 1500-5750 rpm mated to a 7-speed double clutch transmission with Drivelogic. The Sedan can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a mere 4.4 seconds and delivers enormous power even on the lightest touch of the accelerator.

The two front-suspension strut towers front are connected to the chassis by a suspension cross-brace in aluminium. The Active M Differential on the rear axle enables tremendous acceleration. The three settings on the Dynamic Damping Control — Normal, Sport and Sport+ — allows you to adjust the suspension to suit your requirements. The M Drive buttons on the steering wheel are pre-programmed with vehicle configurations that support either a sporty or relaxed driving style.

The BMW M5 Sedan comes equipped with perforated and ventilated compound disc brakes. It is also available with an optional head-up display with an M indicator.


Build & Styling

The exterior of the BMW M5 Sedan is attractive with M-specific design features. The bonnet showcases the brand’s usual V contour lines that end with a double -kidney grille. The car rests on a new set of 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in double spoke design. The wide chrome frame and the free-floating look of the indicator bar bear the M logo. The mirror edges are painted in high-gloss black colour whereas the mirror cases matches with the body colour. At the rear, there is a twin-pipe exhaust system. The tailpipes are on the either side of the diffuser.

The interior of the BMW M5 Sedan looks and feels opulent. The luxurious interior boasts of M sports seats, fine-grain Merino leather upholstery with extended features, door sills with "M5" lettering, an M driver’s footrest, exclusive Aluminium Trace interior trim strips, and the BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite.

Other features include M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, multifunction and two M Drive buttons, Lumbar support for driver and front passenger seats, M multifunction seats, additionally with adjustment of the upper backrest, backrest width and thigh support, comfort headrests, lumbar support and memory function for driver and front passenger seats, M seats with electric adjustment of backrest, forward/back position and seat height, incl. angle adjustment and memory function and Seat heating for driver and front passenger seats.

There is automatic air conditioning with 4-zone regulation and Comfort Access system for keyless entry and locking/unlocking the vehicle.

The safety features present are ABS, Airbags, Head airbags, Automatic Stability Control, adaptive headlights, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Motor Electronics (DME), Interchangeable crumple zone, Safety battery terminal clamp, Integrated side impact protection and warning triangle with first-aid kit.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • M-specific design
    • Fine-grain Merino leather upholstery with extended features
    • Bonnet with V contour lines
  • Cons

    • Highly priced