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Published on: November 11, 2011
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BMW launches the latest incarnation of its monster M5 Saloon in the UK http://pr.co/p/000no0
Summary
For more than 25 years the BMW M5 Saloon has defined the high-performance saloon, in the process becoming the most successful car of its type in the world. Now a new fifth-generation model raises the concept of the premium executive saloon combining track-car dynamics and supreme touring comfort to an even higher level.
Details
  • Fifth generation of the world’s most successful performance saloon.

 

  • Most powerful series production engine ever for a BMW: 4,395cc engine produces 560hp and up to 680Nm torque whilst propelling the car from zero to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

 

  • Power up by 10 per cent, torque by 30 per cent yet fuel consumption down by 30 per cent, returning 28.5mpg on the combined cycle.

 

  • Only available with a seven-speed double-clutch Drivelogic transmission, complete with a new comfort driving function.

 

  • The BMW M5 Saloon comes with a new Active M differential for track-car dynamics and supreme touring comfort.

 

  • The new M5 Saloon will be available in the UK in November 2011, priced at £73,040 on-the-road.   

 


Model                      Power     Torque     0 – 62mph     Top Speed     Combined     CO2 Emissions
                                 Hp          Nm          Seconds            Mph              Mpg               g/km

BMW M5 Saloon        560         680             4.4                155*              28.5               232


*  Electronically limited 

Quotes
We have good basic platform and this you need to develop an M car, but it took two years for us to come up with the M5. One and half years of this time was spent on developing the engine. There is such a passion at BMW M to do things to the best that many times you are, say, leaving work at 9pm and there are still people all around you. I have to say to people to go home.

— Dr Friedrich Nitschke, Head of BMW M GmbH
The challenge with developing an M5 is that on the one hand it needs to be like a sports car and yet on the other it still needs to be comfortable. We have the M button and this allows for two cars to actually be the same. In the morning I’d like a comfortable car that I can make phone calls in on the way to work. In the evening I’m in a good mood and so I can change the car to suit that mood at the press of a button for more sporting driving. This is what we really want and are very proud of.

— Siegfried Friedmann, Project Leader for the M5
It was a big decision to go from a V10 engine to a V8 one, but we choose the V8 route as this future-proofed our car. The V10 was desirable but the V8 is substantially better on CO2 emissions and fuel consumption without losing any of the emotion. But I would say the most challenging aspect of developing this car was the time scale. We only had two years and usually you have more for such an important car. On this car 80 per cent of the parts are new compared to a ‘standard’ 5 Series so there was much work that needed to be done. But we have done it and the product is special, as an M car should be.

— Siegfried Friedmann, Project Leader for the M5