Despite its controversial Bangle-design, the BMW E60 M5 remains one of the most exciting M5 models ever built.
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The BMW M5 needs no introduction anymore and everyone acknowledges that the M5 has been, as Mr. Clarkson says also, “the ultimate sport saloon.” The E60 M5 is powered by the amazing and recently phased out 5.0-liter V10 S85 naturally aspirated engine which produces 500 horsepower and redlines at 8250 rpm. Torque? An impressive 384 lb-ft (520Nm) at 6100 rpm.
Top speed is limited at 155 mph(250km/h). Official numbers show 0-60 mph(0-100km/h) at around 4.5 seconds, but we’ve heard of people that have done better.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through an equally innovative 7-speed sequential manual gear box that uses Formula 1 technology to shift much faster than would be possible with a manual gear box. For the true enthusiasts, a manual transmission is being offered at no-cost.
Another innovative feature in the E60 M5 was the BMW M Drive system that allows the M5 owner electronically to select the level of damping desired (comfort, normal, and sport), with electronic steering assistance tied to damper setting. In addition, the system allows selection of three levels of engine power and throttle response, several shift-program settings on the SMG gearbox, and variable dynamic stability control settings.
Back in 2006, Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell went to the South of France to test the BMW E60 M5 on the streets of the Le Mans circuit and on a high speed circuit.