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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

20GB Hard driveAutomatic bootlid operation
BMW emergency callBMW Online services
BMW remote servicesBMW teleservices
City brake controlDigital cockpit
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless chargingFront/rear Parking distance control
Head up DisplayiDrive controller and display with 10.2" colour display monitor
Lane departure and rear collision warning systemNavigation System Professional Multimedia
On board computerOutside temperature display
Park assist plusPersonal Profile
Real time traffic informationRear cross traffic alert
Reversing cameraService interval indicator
Servotronic PASSpeed limiter
Voice control systemWifi hotspot preparation

Entertainment

BMW professional radio/DVD/MP3DAB Digital radio
Gesture control for infotainment systemUSB socket

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBody colour door handles
Body coloured bumpersBody coloured door mirrors
Body coloured side sillsChrome kidney grille with chrome fronted double black vertical slats
Dynamic brake lightsElectric folding and heated door mirrors
Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap all roundFollow me home headlights
Four chrome exhaust tailpipesHeated windscreen washer jets
High beam assistantIcon Adaptive LED headlights
Illuminated door handlesIndividual door sill finishers
LED daytime running lightsM rear spoiler
Rain sensor with auto light activation system 

Interior Features

12V power point front4 Zone automatic air conditioning
Additional 12V sockets in rear and luggage compartment + twin USB charging socketsAlcantara headlining in Anthracite
Ambient interior lightingAnthracite Velour floor mats
Electric adjustable steering columnFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Front cupholders x 2Front footwell lights
Front reading lightsFront/rear armrests within door panels
Gearshift paddlesHeated front seats
Illuminated glovebox with lockIsofix rear child seat preparation
M leather steering wheelM Sport multi-function front seats with electric lumbar support and driver memory
Multi-function controls for steering wheelRear centre armrest with 2 cupholders + storage
Rear footwell lightsRear headrests

Safety

ABS/EBDAutomatic Stability Control (ASC)
CBC - (Cornering brake control)Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Driver/front passenger side airbagsDriver/Passenger airbags (Impact dependent)
DSC+Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCElectromechanical parking brake
Front and rear head airbagsFront head restraints with anti-whiplash
Front passenger airbag deactivationFuel cut off safety device
Hill start assistInertia reel front seatbelts+pretensioners
Side impact protectionThree inertia reel rear seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitoring systemWarning triangle and first aid kit

Security

Automatic drive away locking facilityComfort access system with smart opener
Engine immobiliserLocking wheel bolts
Remote central lockingRemote control Thatcham category 1 alarm

Technical

Adaptive drive with variable damper controlAnti-roll bars

Wheels

Tyre mobility system
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)241Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC4395Compression Ratio10.0:1
Cylinder LayoutV8Cylinders8
Cylinders - Bore (mm)89Cylinders - Stroke (mm)88.3
Engine CodeS63B44T4Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTH
Fuel DeliveryTWIN TURBOGears8 SPEED
Number of Valves32TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)26.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)34.4EC Urban (mpg)19.5

General

Badge Engine CC4.4Badge Power600
Coin SeriesM5Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0749E
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)3.4Engine Power - BHP600
Engine Power - KW441Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5600Engine Torque - LBS.FT553
Engine Torque - MKG76.5Engine Torque - NM750
Engine Torque - RPM1800Top Speed155

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front275/35 R20
Tyre Size Rear285/30 R20Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleM DOUBLE-SPOKEWheel Type20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1473Length4966
Wheelbase2982Width1903
Width (including mirrors)2126 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)68Gross Vehicle Weight2440
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)530Max. Loading Weight585
Max. Roof Load100Max. Towing Weight - Braked2000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight1855
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb12.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW M5

BMW's M5 continues to define what a super saloon should be. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

BMW's M5 is the yardstick against which all serious performance saloons are judged, a car that in sixth 'F90' generation form gets all-wheel drive for the first time. The company insists that the bespoke 'M xDrive' set-up is compatible with its brand values: it's certainly needed to control the prodigious output of this model's refettled 600hp 4.4-litre V8. A trick rear diff gets the power to the tarmac, there's an uprated auto gearbox and a myriad of drive mode settings to make this the most configurable performance car on the planet. Munich, it seems, has thought of almost everything.

Background

BMW invented the executive super saloon with their M5 and though Audi's RS6 and AMG versions of Mercedes' E-Class have offered stiff competition in recent years, for many, this remains the definitive motorsport-bred business blaster. Time to rate this 'F90'-series sixth generation version. From the outset in 1984, this model line was all about straight six power, normal aspiration and rear wheel drive but over the years, all these original staples have evolved as BMW seeks to reinterpret what the ultimate super saloon should be. A V8 engine arrived for the 'E39' third generation version in 1998. And turbocharging was adopted for this current car's fifth generation 'F10'-series predecessor in 2011. Now at last, we've got 4WD too, though BMW reassures us that you can turn it off if you want and slide the back around. Which is nice... The main reason all-wheel drive traction is needed lies with the news that engine output from the twin turbo V8 unit that's carried over here has now reached 600hp - 39hp more than before. We're here to put it all to the test - and enjoy a fresh chapter in the history of one of our favourite high performance standard-setters.

Driving Experience

We've tested every generation of M5 over the last thirty five years - but nothing quite like this sixth 'F90'-series incarnation. The big news this time round is the addition of 4WD to the package, an M xDrive system incorporated in such a way as to only activate additional drive to the front wheels in extremis, so keeping this BMW's essentially rear-driven character. There's a selectable track-orientated 2WD-only driving mode if you really want to throw the back around. Power is provided by the most potent engine ever devised by BMW's high performance M division, a revised version of the 4.4-litre V8 unit used by the previous 'F10'-series model. This time, thanks to a sharper set of twin turbos, a new cooling system, a revised exhaust and higher injection pressures, it puts out 600hp - 40hp more than before - or as much as 625hp in the case of the uprated 'Competition' variant. This powerplant doesn't quite have the thundery bluster of the AMG V8 used in this M5's Mercedes E 63 arch-rival, even if the optional M Sport-tuned tail pipes are fitted. But its output is now certainly a match for that Stuttgart saloon, as are the performance figures, which see 62mph from rest taking just 3.4s in this standard model en route to a top speed that when de-restricted will take you to 190mph. That's Ferrari-fast. But of course a two-tonne super saloon isn't going to change direction with the agility of that Maranello model. Or so you'd think. Actually, the M5 does an astonishingly good job of disguising all that bulk, aided hugely by the Active M differential that varies torque across the M-specific back axle. And by the extent to which you can set the car up to your exact driving preferences via short-cut buttons and an 'M-configuration' that allows you to alter stability settings, engine response, suspension and steering feel and timings for the torque-converter 8-speed 'M Steptronic' auto transmission that's been introduced this time round.

Design and Build

You'd have to know your BMWs to recognise this one's exalted status. The wheel arches are gently teased over M Double-spoke 20-inch alloys, through which you glimpse the high performance braking system. In addition, there are M-specific mirrors and M5-branded side gills - but that's about it for the model-specific changes. Unless you happen to be admiring the car from an upper window. Then you'll be able to take in the lovely 'CFRP' 'CarbonFibre Reinforced Pastic' roof. It says a lot about the quality of the seventh generation 'G30' BMW 5 Series that it's only taken a bit of fairly minor fettling to make this cabin feel entirely appropriate to a car with a six-figure price tag. And to a supersonic saloon with Ferrari levels of performance. The primary contributor to that lies with the M multifunctional sports seats, which grip you tightly, use soft fine grain Merino leather and feature an 'M5' logo beneath the headrest. You also get a red starter button and anthracite-coloured alcantara headlining. And the main controls are nicely finished - the bespoke red-striped stick you get for the new eight-speed M Stepronic auto gearbox and the thick three-spoke M leather steering wheel with its important two red Memory-setting buttons you'll want to programme to your preferences at the earliest opportunity. Through it, you view an M-branded set of graphics in the standard 'Digital Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen. In the rear, there's a fraction less space than you'd get in a rival E 63, but the difference isn't very great. Out back, there's a decent-sized 530-litre boot.

Market and Model

Pricing's taken quite a leap for this sixth generation model, which now lists at around £90,000 in this standard 600hp form. Back in 2011, the previous 'F10'-series rear-driven MK5 version launched at around £70,000, but of course this time round, you get AWD, more power and more kit. BMW also offers an uprated 625hp 'Competition' version of this car, with even sharper handling and extra equipment, but that model will cost you well over £96,000. In case you were wondering, there's only a saloon body style on offer; some previous generation M5s have also been available in 'Touring' estate guise. BMW says it's looked at that for this 'F90'-series car, but because the rear axle and wheel travel is quite different on a 5 Series wagon, quite a lot of redevelopment would be needed. It'd be a great car though... Few commentators have questioned this car's value proposition, but we're going to by pointing out that the asking price here is almost double what you'd pay for the top model in the conventional 5 Series range, a 540i xDrive M Sport. That variant may only put out 340hp, but it still has AWD and is less than a second and a half slower from rest to 62mph. Visually, it doesn't look much different. And you can get it as an estate....

Cost of Ownership

BMW's quick to tell us that the kerb weight of this sixth generation 'F90'-series M5 has dropped by 15kgs over the previous model, but not so keen to remind us that this car still weighs the best part of two tonnes, despite its 'cluster architecture' underpinnings and composite carbonfibre-style roof. Still, delivering 4WD and a lot more equipment this time round without any really significant drop in fuel economy or CO2 returns has to be seen as something of a result. Let's get to the figures, though of course they're pretty irrelevant because if you were to regularly replicate them, we'd have to wonder why you bothered buying an M5 in the first place. It's interesting though, to see how this car fares in comparison to the figures you'd get with its closest competitor, the Mercedes-AMG E 63, which, for reference, are 26.2mpg on the combined cycle and 245g/km of CO2. Check out BMW's stats and you'll find that this 'F90'-series M5 slightly shades its arch-rival; we're talking 26.9mpg on the combined cycle (it was 28.5mpg with the previous 'F10'-series V8 model) and the CO2 reading is 241g/km (previously 232g/km). For the uprated 'Competition' version of this car, the readings are 26.9mpg and 243g/km.

Summary

With this 'F90'-series model, the development team has proved that an AWD M5 can still retain a rear-driven, enthusiast-orientated character. And delivered a super saloon that's as happy collecting your dry cleaning as it is on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. If you are on a circuit, it's good that you don't have to have all-wheel traction unless you want it, but unless you're an expert or intent on showing off, we're guessing you'll really value that extra tractional help in extremis. And on a wet, icy morning, it'll give you the small but crucial extra dose of confidence that'll allow you to enjoy this car even more. This would be our fast four-door of choice if money were no object - and, we suspect, probably yours too. We wish it wasn't so expensive, but it's more engaging than its predecessor and more real-world usable too. In short, this car is, more than ever, everything an M5 should be.

Performance
90%
Handling
90%
Comfort
90%
Space
80%
Styling
80%
Build
90%
Value
50%
Equipment
70%
Economy
50%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
50%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£1484.55
Deposit£9000
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£89,998
Credit amount£80,998
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£30,801
Total amount payable£109,575.85
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge18.05p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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