After being on sale on the global automotive market for five successful years, the BMW M5 has ended its production lifespan with a new record high. The BMW M GmbH produced a total of 20, 548 of the charismatic high-performance sports car featuring a V 10-cylinder power unit.
“As an all-round athlete, dominating both the highly dynamic sprint and longer distances, the latest generation, too, is capturing a unique position within the competitive environment. In 2007, the saloon, which was also dubbed by the media as a “businessman’s express”, was joined by the BMW M5 Touring,” a company statement reads.
The E60 M5 was introduced in 2005. It has a 4,999 cc (305.1 cu in) BMW V10 S85 engine redlining at 8250 rpm, and developing a peak output of 509 bhp (380 kW; 516 PS) and 520 N·m (380 lb·ft) of torque. Unlike some other BMW engines which utilise Valvetronic to infinitely vary valve lift to eliminate the throttle plate, this engine has individual throttle bodies per cylinder.
Other key features include a stiffened aluminium chassis and a 7-speed SMG III sequential manual transmission. Front fog lights are unavailable for the E60 M5, as the amount of air required to cool the brakes under spirited driving applications requires the spaces under the bumper, normally occupied by fog lights in other E60 cars, to be reallocated for air cooling ducts.
The E60 M5 took the title of the most powerful midsize sport sedan when released in 2005 with the 5 Liter naturally aspirated V10 BMW S85 engine. 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 4.2 sec