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2006 BMW M5

BMW M5: Just the name awakens anticipation and excitement. There have been three generations of BMW M’s ultimate sports-luxury sedan up to now; the newest one arrives to perhaps the greatest anticipation ever. Most certainly, it will generate even more excitement than its illustrious predecessors.

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The New BMW M5 can be a Sports Car and/or a Luxury Sedan

Source: BMW | Published: Sat Jan 14, 2006

That’s because the newest BMW M5 takes the key M5 attributes to an even higher level than its predecessors: more masterful performance, more technical sophistication, more luxury – all achieved by the application of new design, new technology, new engineering. Indeed, one can logically assert that the M5 is both sports car and luxury sedan; and it incorporates new technology that enables its driver to determine precisely his or her preferred balance of these attributes. In its 23/04 issue, the German magazine Auto Zeitung put it this way:

“The 5.0-liter V-10 would upgrade many super ‘sports cars’…The power sport seats meet the highest demands for comfort, provide plenty of lateral support and are upholstered in fine leather…For a nearly 2-ton sedan, it offers outstanding cornering dynamics…

“Yet the fascinating thing about the M5 is its huge bandwidth of comfort, luxury and dynamics, which other manufacturers can cover only with several model series.”

Already proving its command of European roads and Autobahnen, the new M5 entered production for the U.S. market in September ’05 and begins arriving at U.S. BMW centers during October. Though based on the current 5 Series Sedans, the M5 is packed with engineering, technology, design and luxury that are all its own. Like all BMW vehicles bearing the “M” logo, it has been developed by BMW M, the BMW subsidiary for racing and high-performance automobiles, and is produced at BMW’s Dingolfing, Germany plant.

M5’s All-New V-10 Engine

Once again BMW M blazes new trails in powertrain technology and performance. The last time a new M5 made its debut, it offered BMW M’s first V-8 engine. This time, it’s M’s first V-10 engine for a roadgoing vehicle.

This new V-10, called S85 in BMW engine parlance, is yet another masterpiece of power from BMW M, setting a new milestone for the performance that can be achieved in a roomy 5-passenger sedan, with generous trunk space and all the luxury and safety features one expects from BMW.

Low-Back-Pressure, Tuned Exhaust System

Exiting the engine through stainless-steel exhaust headers that Germany’s auto motor und sport magazine (November 10, ’04) called “an artwork in stainless steel,” exhaust gas from each cylinder travels an ideal length of 560 mm/22 in. before reaching the engine-close first catalytic converter on each side. A high-pressure forming technique is used to shape the headers, enabling them to achieve the necessary strength and desirable light weight with only 0.8-mm/0.03-in. wall thickness. Two additional catalytic converters, one per side, are located farther back in the system. ...BMW M5: Page 2

Legend: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission
Type V10
Displacement 306 cu in (5999 cc)
Power 500 hp @ 7750 RPM
Torque 383 lb-ft @ 6100 RPM
Redline n/a
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed Automatic - SMG (Std.)
  6 Speed Manual (Opt.)
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Disc - Ventilated Disc
Tire Size Front - Rear 255/40 ZR19 - 285/35 ZR19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 191.1 in
Width 72.7 in
Height 57.8 in
Curb Weight 4012 lbs
0-60 4.5 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 155 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 12/18
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $81,200

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