The BMW 5-Series, as we all know, is an executive mid-size luxury sedan that offers a good balance of luxury and performance. Based on the BMW 5-Series is the M5, which is its brutal brother that offers extreme performance with a similar package of luxury. The BMW M5 F10 Series was launched in India in 2012 and now, the Bavarian luxury carmaker has launched the mid-cycle facelift of the beast, priced at Rs. 1.35 crores (ex-showroom, India). The performance luxury sedan comes to India as a completely built unit (CBU) and is available across all BMW dealerships. Check for M5 price in Hyderabad
DESIGN AND STYLE ;
Much like its predecessor, the new M5 is a beefed-up version of the standard sedan as far as exterior design goes. So if you dig the new 5 Series, you’ll definitely love the M5 and its sportier cues.Revision are pretty significant. Not only more aggressive by looks, the M5 is also more aerodynamic. The front section features broader fenders, while the larger intakes in the bumper feed more air into the engine’s cooling system and the front brakes. The double vertical slats in the grille are finished in black as usual, but you can opt to have the entire grille (along with the window trim) in black by selecting the optional Shadowline package.
The engine hood also has an M-specific design, featuring more creases for a muscular look. What’s more, it’s made from aluminum, which together with the carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof shave a significant amount of weight off the standard 5 Series. And of course, contribute to making the new M5 lighter than its predecessor.Onto the sides, we can see the usual M-specific wheels that hide M compound brakes, revised side skirts, and a lower ride height. Around back, there’s a fairly big diffuser flanked by two exhaust pipes on each side. As usual, there are plenty of “M5” badges to let onlookers know that this isn’t a regular sedan.Overall, the new M5 design’s boasts many improvements, but I feel like BMW didn’t try enough. Especially when compared to the AMG E63.
Extremely aggressive exteriors are a total treat. However the interiors miss the wow factor. It is heavily borrowed from the 5 series, which has its highs and lows. The Highs are the interiors of the M5 are not very dramatic so even the matured buyer can opt for it. The lows are since the interiors are very reminiscent of the 5; there is nothing refreshing about it.M5 badged scuff plates welcome you inside the cabin. The Merino leather upholstery is just fine and is extremely comfortable. Even though the M5 is a performance sedan, the seats are still very comfortable unlike the 2012 BMW 328i, which has extra bolstered seats. Legroom is comfortable for the front row and decent for the rear. Perhaps guys at BMW knew that a M5 customer will not be spending too much time at the rear seat, which is so true.
The M badge affixed and custom stitched Nappa leather steering wheel has two M mode options M1 and M2 on it which can be manually configured for performance and comfort settings respectively. Instrumental cluster is simple and stylish. I have a small complaint with the 2012 328i and now this one too which is the digits on the speedometer and tachometer, this is perhaps I want the car to be as sporty and aggressive in the interiors as well.Aluminum finished paddle shifts, right for up and left for down are just behind the steering wheel. They provide proper grip and also help to give a performance sedan feel to the driver. The heads up display is a standard arrangement on the M5.
Around the staunch M auto shift stick, there are 3 custom engine performance options Effeciency, Sport and Sport Plus, which tweak the ride according to the desired condition. These modes are highly active and one can notice it as soon as it is activated. For example, as soon as it is shifted in the sports mode there is a noticeable rise in the engine rpm.The front door pockets can hold a 1L bottle easily. Also there are many intermittent storage options on the central console and also on the rear row of passengers. The boot space of the 2012 BMW M5 is a generous 520 litres. This is a lot of boot space for a sedan like this.
There is no change to the powertrain options with the facelift. The twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 continues to power the M5. The growly beast develops 568PS of power and 680Nm of torque at just 1500rpm delivering performance in a very non-turbocharged manner. Just the fact that there is about 2 tonnes to carry along makes the shove from motor even more dramatic. Full bore acceleration pins you in the seat as the M5 squats on its rear axle before surging forward in one relentless motion. Even in the rain, with the electronics turned on, for a RWD car, the stability and composure at speed is mind-boggling. Absolutely no snaking around and very little cut in power as action on a wet surface too is ample.
The M5 can do the 0-100kmph run in a officially claimed 4.3 seconds and top speed is a achievable 300kmph on a fairly long stretch of road. Its the way the M5 accelerates beyond the 150kmph mark that is a bit weight defying. The seven-speed dual clutch transmission works perfectly well providing a clear demarcation between its various modes from smooth and docile to downright violent. It allows the joys of having both in caged harmony to characterize the shades of the M5 as a commuter or a sportscar.
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?