2010 BMW M5 Overview
Otherworldly power, classic styling and sophisticated refinement highlight the 2010 BMW M5 sports sedan.
A V-10 engine is exotic in itself, and truly rarefied when it churns out 500 horsepower from a 5.0-liter powerplant. This engine achieves the coveted 100 horsepower-per-liter mark, a truly impressive feat for a normally-aspirated street car engine. Double overhead camshafts with variable cam timing and ten individual throttle valves – one per cylinder – ensure maximum airflow and maximum power. This Formula 1-inspired engine is mated to a seven-speed sequential-manual transmission or an optional six speed manual, and power is delivered to the rear wheels for maximum driving fun. This street-racer powertrain delivers 11 mpg city and 17 mpg highway ratings, less than the stronger Cadillac CTS-V and supercharged Jaguar XF.
Sport seats are wrapped in leather and give excellent lateral support for passengers during cornering, while providing great long-term comfort. The front seats come heated, and an optional ventilated feature further enhances comfort. Heated rear seats are also available. Alloy and leather interior trim pleases the eyes. A moonroof lets in the sunshine to warm you up, and the dual zone climate control keeps you cool. For a few dollars more, you can get doors that close themselves – you get the door nearly closed and the M5 brings them home.
A 13-speaker Logic7 audio system plays your favorite tunes, and an optional 825-watt stereo can rattle the windows when desired. A hard-drive based navigation system features voice command operation for easy use and displays real time traffic information on an 8.8-inch screen.
The new BMW Assist satellite communications system competes with OnStar, and connects you to a call center at the push of a button. This system is especially useful in the event of a crash in a locale with no cell phone reception. Further safety is ensured by big, beefy brakes with antilock and brake assist functions, and BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control. A well-engineered crash structure and a suite of airbags including optional rear-side airbags deliver Five-Star crash ratings from NHTSA, except a Three-Star driver front impact rating (based on the 5-Series platform).
Formula 1-inspired power, luxury and modern technology meet BMW’s unparalleled driving dynamics in the 2010 BMW M5.