BMW took the automobile engineering to a new level by designing vehicle and modifying them into high performing vehicle under the same roof. The BMW M division of BMW manages the motorsport car designing and it often takes in cars from other departments and creates high performance versions of them. BMW M5 is one such car which was morphed form the BMW 5 series executive car. This car was undeniably the fastest sedan at least back when it was released back then. The design of the latest version of BMW M5 is more on the sleeker look appeal instead of the curvy features its sibling BMW M3 is known for. Together however these two cars set new standards in terms of what to look forward to in the motorcar luxury vehicles. Powered with a V8 petrol engine, the car is a winner in terms of performance. The looks of the vehicle are rather splendid due to the simple fact that they are out of the BMW M factory. All the cars coming out of that garage come with a unique blend of class and mass appeal, they are sporty yet they seem executive. One might confuse their looks to be more of a regular luxury sedan but these bad boys pack in them some of the most impressive features automobile industry ever witnessed.
EXTERIOR AND LOOK ;
Known as the F10M, this is the first M-car to get its own internal designation. This new M5 comes from a long line of illustrious predecessors starting from the E28 M5 of 1985. But the latest M5 is different – it’s the first one to feature fewer cylinders than the one it replaces. BMW also says that about 80 percent of the components on this car are either completely new or heavily modified. The M5 uses hydraulic power steering and a strong and light suspension. Like the standard car’s chassis, it’s made up of double wishbones up front and multi-links at the rear. Brakes come in the form of massive 400mm discs and six-piston calipers up front and 396mm discs at the rear, with sticky Michelin Super Sport tyres on optional 20-inch rims to control it all. Sheer mass is the only minor disappointment on the spec sheet – the M5 weighs a rather portly 1870kg. It’s important to know that the M5 doesn’t have a spare tyre, and neither does it have run-flats like other BMWs. So you only have a puncture-repair kit to rely on – not good.So, how will the neighbours know you’ve bought an M5? Well, they’ll have to look for the quad exhaust pipes sticking out of theback, the un-missable 20-inch rims and the discreet M5 badge on the boot lid. Other hints include the tiny spoiler on the boot, the aggressive chin, the extended side sills and the chrome vents on the front wings. Some might be disappointed with the lack of visual flair, but M cars have always been discreet and this characteristic has always been part of the appeal of the M5.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
BMW didn’t have much to say about the interior in the initial press release, but the photos confirm our expectations.Following in the footsteps of other recent BMW interiors of the M variety, the new M5 comes with a plethora of M badges on almost every seat and panel, along with sportier bucket seats exclusive to the model. Merino high-grade leather upholstery is standard, with BMW Individual semi-aniline leather likely offered as an optional. With the wheelbase slightly longer than the outgoing model, the overall interior volume should be a bit larger as well.M-specific features aside, the M5 comes with most of the equipment seen in the regular sedan. The new 5 Series got a dashboard design based on the larger 7 Series, including the big infotainment screen in the center, more storage spaces in the door panels, and improved sound absorbing materials for less noise inside the cabin. All of these features are clearly visible in these shots of the M5.
The seats should be 20-way adjustable (compared to the 16-way standard units) and include ventilation and massage functions. The technology package is the same and includes a high-resolution, 10.25-inch touchscreen that provides access to navigation, phone, vehicle functions, and entertainment features, as well as Apple CarPlay, WiFi hotspot, and wireless charging. The gesture control feature, which is optional on the 5 Series, should be included as standard on the M5.Other highlights include an M-style instrument cluster with classical circular dials and red needless, as well as an additional digital speedometer on the left-hand side. The rev counter on the right includes a variable rpm pre-warning field and sporty shift lights when the Head-Up Display is switched on. In the centre of the instrument cluster, the driver will find the readouts for the gear selection, Drivelogic shift program, M xDrive mode and M1/M2 set-up, and the drive and suspension settings currently engaged. When the Head-Up Display is activated, key information will be projected onto the windscreen.The redesigned gear selector also features a three-position rocker switch for selecting the Drivelogic shift programs. As usual, the gears of the new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission can be changed using both the selector lever and the shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
BMW M5 comes with an M twin turbo V8 petrol engine. The engine is capable of generating a maximum output of 560 bhp while the torque reaches a peak of 680 Nm. The vehicle can hit the 100 kmph mark in mere 4.3 seconds. However a different package with tweaked engine is offered to give out more specified performance. Names the Competition Package, this version gives out a maximum output of 575 bhp while the pick up becomes a tad more quicker with the car hitting a speed of 100 kmph in merely 4.2 seconds. The vehicle’s gifted 8 cylinder engine is capable of generating these power figures due to its connection to a linear power curve that has extreme thrust of a double turbocharger. The intercoolers and the company’s patented TwinScroll charging technique enable the vehicle to have a better response rate resulting in improved overall efficiency. The engine reacts to even the slightest of the touch by the accelerator and due to the Valvetronic and high precision injection, the vehicle manages to hit high speeds and ground breaking performance in general. The car also comes with the acclaimed BMW EfficientDynamics which helps in measuring features such as Auto Start Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration. In the competition package however one can gind the engine increased by harnessing the upper rev range. . The vehicle offers an average of 10.1 kmpl and the CO2 emissions are decent enough at 232 gms emitted per km. These are impressive considering the elite stature of the vehicle. These figures are possible due to the lightweight manufacturing and effective fuel injection system. Brake energy regeneration also allows the vehicle to convert the kinetic energy into electrical energy so that the car can hit high speeds without relying much on the fuel consumption. This technique will be more effective for Indian roads since this allows all the energy generated during traffic, etc. to be stored for later usage.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
The M division has now further enhanced the ride and handling characteristics of the previous M5. The ride suppleness of the M5 is excellent and at times feels better than the existing 5 Series. It is quite astonishing that how good the ride of the M5 iThe M division has ensured good ride, as buyers can use it for touring as well. The light steering wheel reduces the stress of the driver, especially when driving in bumper-to-bumper city traffic.Despite the increase in ride suppleness, the M5’s handling attributes haven’t been compromised. The handling has been further augmented thanks to the alacrity and flexibility of the F10M chassis and underpinnings. The BMW M division has safeguarded the handling bit, as it is one of the base roots for the M cars . Track is where the car will really impress you. Push it till your limit and it won’t run out of juice, there will still be more to offer.
The 2016 BMW M5 comes standard with ventilated antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, cornering brake control, brake-fade compensation, automatic brake drying and hill hold assist. It also comes with front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, knee protection, side curtain airbags, active front-seat head restraints, a rearview camera and a subscription to BMW Assist emergency services.Carbon-ceramic brakes are a stand-alone option, as is a night-vision camera system capable of identifying and displaying oncoming animals, objects or people beyond the range of the car’s headlights. In addition, the Driver Assistance Plus package adds lane departure and blind-spot monitoring systems, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, speed-limit information, and side- and top-view cameras.
Not even two model generations ago, BMW was a firm believer in naturally-aspirated engines and rear-wheel drive, with xDrive being reserved just for SUVs and a couple of 3 Series and 5 Series models. With both the world car market and BMW’s marketing evolving in a constant and rapid way, the Bavarian carmaker now has a 100-percent turbocharged engine lineup and more xDrive variants than rear-driven ones. With Audi’s marketing hype revolving mainly around Quattro and with Mercedes-AMG also jumping on the all-wheel-drive bandwagon, it seems that BMW’s M has no choice but think about xDrive sedans and/or coupes as well. AWD is pretty much the biggest change in the new M5. The styling is evolutionary, the drivetrain is similar to the previous M5 Performance Package (save for the extra torque), while the new technology is a given with each new generation. The big question is, are you ready to embrace a non-traditional M5 with AWD and significantly better performance instead of a purist-oriented RWD sedan?