A truly rare car to see – a BMW M5 E61 Touring. About one in twenty M5 E60/61 models with the V10 engine are the E61 Touring models. Furthermore, only 222 right-hand-drive M5 E61 models were made, making this a rather amazing car to see.
This M5 M5 E61, finished in Indianapolis Red, was spotted driving down the A1(M) next to the village of Bramham, West Yorkshire. Judging by the photos, the E61 M5 Touring seems to be in perfect shape and look just as confident on the road as it did almost ten years ago. The sort of strange “Bangle Butt” rear end and the so-called “Flame Surface” designs never really caught on with many enthusiasts when the E60/E61 Series launched, but over time, the two models have developed a cult among enthusiasts.
The E61 BMW M5 Touring was almost identical to the E60 M5 sedan, except for the wagon body style, obviously. Because the M5 Touring was so much less aggressive looking than the sedan, it was much more of a sleeper. So the E61 M5 Touring looks great, handles fantastically, can fit an entire family plus the family dog and luggage all while bombing down highways and twisty back roads faster than anything without a Ferrari badge on it.
The E61 M5 is fast, very fast. It produces 500 hp from a 5.0 liter V10 and is able to get form 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds, making it one of the fastest, if not the fastest, tourings of its time. Revving to almost 9,000 rpm, there’s not much else in the automotive world like the S85 V10 engine.
One of the best parts about this M5 was that it was available with a manual transmission.
So if you own an E61 M5 Touring today, my advice is to hold on to it since this is bound to become an icon, if it has not already achieved that.