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Key Specs

of the 2016 BMW M5. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    16 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    560-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Adjustability of engine, suspension and steering modes
  • M styling cues
  • Premium cabin materials

The Bad

  • Sloppy manual transmission
  • Replication of engine noise through stereo
  • Cozy backseat
  • Two-ton-plus curb weight

Notable Features of the 2016 BMW M5

  • High-performance variant of the 5 Series
  • Twin-turbo V-8 engine standard
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or six-speed manual
  • Competition Package available
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes available

What Is the 2016 BMW M5?

The 2016 BMW M5 is a five-seat sports sedan that competes with the Audi RS7 and Mercedes-AMG E. It's offered in one rear-wheel-drive trim level. This is a high-performance variant of the BMW 5 Series sedan, which is covered separately as the 528, 535 and 550.

What's New on the 2016 BMW M5?

The 2016 BMW M5 now comes standard with a power trunk lid, an upgraded USB port and enhanced Bluetooth functionality. The 2016 model year also sees the introduction of the limited-edition Pure Metal Silver BMW M5.

What Features in the 2016 BMW M5 Are Most Important?

The 2016 BMW M5 is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 500 pounds-feet of torque; this engine comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Significant standard features include a rear spoiler, quad exhaust tips, an Active M rear differential, adjustable shock absorbers with three modes, adjustable steering effort, launch control and M blue-painted brake calipers. As required in all 2016 vehicles, the M5 comes standard with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.

Significant optional features include a six-speed manual transmission, a carbon-ceramic brake system and the Competition Package, which raises horsepower to 575. Launch control is not available on models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

Should I Buy the 2016 BMW M5?

The 2016 BMW M5's output is impressive, and the experience of stepping on the gas is downright thrilling, with quick acceleration and steering modes that allow you to find your comfort zone. This, combined with the premium cabin materials and unique M5 styling cues, make this quite an attractive package. On the other hand, it's quite heavy - its curb weight is more than two tons - and its manual transmission feels sloppy in comparison with both competitors' manuals and the M5's own standard dual-clutch automatic. The rear seat is also quite cramped, making it a suboptimal choice for a family vehicle.

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2016 BMW M5 Overview

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What Drivers Are Saying


It's Sporty, It's Luxurious, It's Fast!!

by Sports Finatac from California on September 7, 2017

This car met all my needs from looks to performance. Individual M/// performance settings to 2 memory M/// buttons. Stage 2 Dinan signature Package as well. It's possess alot of power and speed. ... Read full review


Most Bang for you buck. Real Head turner

by Carlover from FL on May 19, 2017

The vehicle is built for not your average driver but even the most avid can handle the power it provides. Most think when they need a super car they must go for the most expensive and most fast well ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2016 BMW M5 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 BMW M5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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