After a perfectly balanced BMW M5 with E39 index, the current «M» with index E60, really had surprised. Cars of M5 family never had in their arsenal so much racing technologies. At the same time, its return to the classics - the era of startling experiments had stopped. Apparently, the market wants to see a quick sedan of business-class universal in everyday life and discreet at the same time.
And Bavarians took this into account. The appearance of the new BMW M5 causes only respect. Excellent landing came up to the taste of both drivers and journalists. There are similar seats with the same adjustments, but they work as they should! The first wish after landing for a wheel - it just to raise a chair. Its not visible where ends the long hood, because of the high location of the front panel. But if you will sit in this M5, for example, from Porsche, the car reminds a crossover. The car has all the amenities, even door closers.
Economical and high-torque V8 engine in tandem with a "robot" returned the new " M5" status of the car for every day. At full throttle in the discharge pipes opening sound dampers and the voice of the M5 is complemented by roar. With removed for the money limiter, this sedan accelerates to maximum 305 km/h. And in the cabin is pretty quiet, noise insulation is at the proper level.
by its turbo temperament " M5" resembles the "well-pumped" car. Of course, you will not have to beat with back of your head about headrest, and big dip at low rpm, does not make weather due to the large volume . So a turbo grab of the M5 uncontrollably raises over the flow, requiring you to view a few hundred meters in front of you.
4.4-liter "biturbo 8", power of 560 "horses", is flexible and can be mild and dominant - this depends on the regime of throttle. It had never shouts: sound is controlled by processor of audio system, is very beautiful. In motion on a twisty road M5 behaves not as confident as on the highway. Great flexibility during acceleration even on the one gear fully satisfies. Operating of the gearbox and engine are clearly aligned. М DCT Drivelogic transmission guarantees exemplary possibility to braking by engine, even on the soft settings.
Tyre size (front and rear) differs both in standard package bundle with 19-inch discs, and with the optional 20-inch. The chassis does not have the flexibility. M5 remains tough almost as sports car, even in the comfort mode. In the cabin shakes everybody, especially the rear seat passengers. On a wheel there are as much vibration, as if it is Porsshe 911 of previous generation. Even wheel of Ferrari 458 is "cleaner".
The steering mechanism has fair settings Comfort and Sport Plus. Artificial turned out intermediate regime - Sport. On the contrary in suspension the most working is - Sport. In this mode, the car is felt most comfortably. Rigidity of M5 is compelled and demonstrative. This justifies the big weight of the car, curb weight is 1870 kg, and the total weight is 2410 kg. When you turn off ASR system, even wide enough rear tires in turning will have nothing to provide a torque of 680 Nm. An active differential lock, which is controlling the force slip comes to the rescue.
Noteworthy that visually, you will not define the speed with which you drive. With 100 or 200 km/h " M5" copes easily. Projection display, which displays the required data on the windscreen will help you in this.
We can say that this BMW M5 E60 is sportier then its counterpart Mercedes E63 AMG, which does not even have a differential lock. " M5" is not without sin: during the test we had to replace the brake pads, having thought with regret about the absence of carbon ceramic. However, BMW equally understands a clerk as well, as racer, but it does not like to get into the abrupt bends - they are not fit it by status.
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