The BMW M5 is the high end edition of the BMW 5-Series which have been manufactured by BMW’s motorsport section, starting in 1986. The original version of the car was constructed by hand using an updated BMW M1 engine and 535i chassis, and when it first came out the original M5 was declared the fastest sedan on the planet, and since then numerous generations have been released including the E34, E39, E60/E61 and the latest, the M5 F10.
The M5 F10
The 6th generation in the M5 series, the F10 was introduced to the public on November 23, 2009 and labeled as a 2010 model. The newest line though, the F10 M5, was introduced to the general public in 2011 during the Frankfurt Motor Show and became available in November of that same year. There are several notable differences between the F10 and previous M5 models, one of the most important being its improved fuel economy. In addition, the F10 is heavier, larger and has an audio system where synthetic engine noise can be heard.
For the 2014 edition, BMW also released the M5 Competition Package. When set side by side with the standard M5, the Competition Package offers more horsepower (575 compared to 560), and the suspension has also been redesigned with sway bars, dampers, springs and bushings, effectively lowering the F10 by 10 mm.
The F10 is equipped with a 4395 cc variant of the S63 V8 engine, which is capable of generating 560 horsepower (412 kW) with an rpm of 6000 to 7000. The torque limit is 502 lb-ft from 1500 – 5750 rpm, and the addition of turbocharge produces more low rev torque. In addition to this, the F10 has a dual clutch, and drivers have the option of using a 6-speed manual gearbox, although this is only available in the US.
Handling and Braking
The F10 has 19 inch multi spoke wheels and brake calipers, and the latest models have 20” split 5 spoke wheels available. BMW also announced a partnership with SGL, a company known for making carbon fiber, in an effort to reduce the car’s curb weight.
The F10 M5 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). However, the speed can be increased to 190 mph (305 km/h) with the M-Drivers-Package (optional), which is still 15 mph (24 km/h) less than the V10 it replaced. The F10 has a weight of 1945 kg, which is 90 kg heavier than the E60. As far as fuel consumption is concerned, BMW says it is 9.9 liters per 100 km, which is a 30% improvement from the previous generation. Aside from these, the F10 has Active M-Differential that has torque vectoring along the rear tires, plus 20 inch alloy wheels with 295/30/20 rear and 265/35/20 front tires (optional).
The F10 is powered by an S63tu biturbo 4.4 Liter V8 and is equipped with twin scroll turbocharging technology, similar to what is used in the X6 M and the X5 M. Unlike the previous models, the compression ratio has been increased and the pistons fortified so it can deal with the extra compression and boost. The camshafts in the car have a higher lift, and the engine boost at 22 psi is superior to the S63 used in the X5/X6M.
The F10 engine has a rating of 560 hp (418 kW) with a torque of 80 N·m (500 lb·ft), and the red line is at 7200 rpm. However, hybrid systems are not possible with the F10 because it would just increase the car’s weight too much.
Style and Design
The M5 was conceptualized by Jacek Fröhlich from November 2005 to December 2006, with the objective of removing the “Bangle butt” that the E60 has. The exterior of the F10 has more in common with traditional BMWs in terms of design and it has a more reserved and yet sophisticated appearance. There are some similarities with the E60 especially with the conspicuous Hofmeister kink and the kidney grilles, but the bonnet and door creases are more in line with the E39 and other M5 models.
The interior of the F10 M5 features a central console angled at the person driving the car, something that was missing from its predecessor. Overall, the F10 M5 design is more conventional and has strong resemblances to the 3 and 7 series.
The F10’s platform is similar to the BMW 7 Series (F01) and can be considered as a downsized version of the 7 Series. The car is also notable for the features that have been implemented which the E60 does not have, such as rear multilink suspension and short-long arm front dual ball joint suspension. What this means is that while the F10 is heavier than other models, it definitely is more refined.
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