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By Cars.com Staff
December 18, 2008
Vehicle Overview BMW says the rear-wheel-drive M5 has "supercar handling," but also promotes its "outstanding everyday driving qualities." This 500-horsepower version of BMW's 5 Series competes with the 435-hp Audi S6, the 469-hp Cadillac STS-V and the 507-hp Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.
New for 2009 The M5 gains a Google Maps function that allows drivers to search through Google Maps for restaurants, gas stations or other businesses.
Exterior The M5 has a unique front face to distinguish it from other 5 Series sedans; it features a gaping front air dam and a prominent front spoiler, and the side sills are modified to protrude more aggressively than the regular 5 Series'. The M5's wheel arches are also more prominent.
19-inch lightweight alloy wheels with Z-rated performance tires
Quad exhaust tailpipes
Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with adaptive lighting
Front and rear spoilers
Interior Heated M Sport front seats with 18-way power adjustment for the driver are installed in the Merino leather interior. MDrive lets the driver select preferred performance and handling settings for instant recall later.
Brushed-aluminum interior trim
Park Distance Control
Navigation system with iDrive
Logic7 premium sound system
Two types of wood trim available
Available head-up display
Available high-beam assist turns on the high beams automatically when necessary in low-light situations; system can be overridden by drivers
Under the Hood Sport sedan purists will be pleased to hear that the M5 can have a conventional six-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option. The M-calibrated Dynamic Stability Control system has two driving programs available, and it can be deactivated. With a braking system adapted from the auto racing world, the M5 can brake from 62 mph to a standstill in less than 120 feet.
500-hp, 5.0-liter V-10 with 383 pounds-feet of torque
Seven-speed sequential manual transmission with steering-wheel paddles
Available six-speed manual gearbox
Sequential manual transmission incorporates Drivelogic, which offers 11 gear-change options
Specially calibrated aluminum suspension with three modes — Comfort, Normal and Sport — that adjusts to driving conditions and operates with Electronic Damping Control
Quickened power steering with two levels of power assistance