2001 BMW M5

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2001 BMW M5 Review

This is what makes a BMW a BMW.

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The 2001 BMW M5 marks the pinnacle of BMW power and style. With improvements to the powertrain and additional features in both comfort and safety, this year’s model does not disappoint. The BMW M5 provides the fastest sedan built by BMW and one of the fastest available from any carmaker.

The 2001 BMW M5 does not forego style for power. In fact, while the sedan definitely does not look as gaudy as some other powerful cars out there, its relatively basic design holds some unexpected surprises. To an untrained eye, the 2001 BMW M5 looks like the more popular, but less powerful, 535i (as it uses the same chassis). The irony lies in the fact that the M5 blows most sport coupes out of the water in a race.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.9-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: BMW M5

What's New

The 2001 BMW M5 comes with a few new additions which set it apart from its original 1985 iteration. The most notable addition to the 2001 M5 comes in the form of exterior design changes to go along with the 535i design tweaks. Also, rear head airbags provide extra safety in the back seat.


The 2001 M5 measures 188.3 inches long by 70.9 inches wide by 56.6 inches high, embodying the classy and subtle style of popular BMWs. The style of the 2001 BMW M5 looks magnificent, and is further complemented with its long list of exterior features. These features include variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers (making buttons a thing of the past), a rear defogger, a rear spoiler (in contrast to the sedan styling), power door locks, one-touch power windows, and 18-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare tire.


Inside the 2001 BMW M5 remains just as feature heavy and enticing as the outside. With a surplus of front headroom and legroom, coming in at 37.4 inches and 41.7 inches, respectively, the 2001 BMW M5 feels quite spacious. It also includes several standard comfort and convenience features, such as air-conditioning, cruise control, and a tilt steering wheel. Also inside the 2001 BMW M5 occupants find dual vanity mirrors, a leather steering wheel, a clock, a trip computer, a tachometer, and memory settings for three different drivers (which includes the steering wheel).

Performance & Handling

The 2001 M5 follows the precedent laid out by its older iterations by being one of the most powerful sedans available on the market. The 4.9-liter, eight-cylinder engine puts out 394 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque for a quick get up. With variable valve timing, a dual overhead cam, and 32 valves, no power gets lost due to inefficiency.

Several handling features make the 2001 BMW M5 a joy to drive. The six-speed manual transmission includes a rear limited-slip differential as well as a four-wheel independent suspension system that, when combined, can take the car around corners flawlessly.


The safety features on the 2001 BMW M5 offer the utmost protection in a wreck. Some of the safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), front head airbags, new rear head airbags, an engine immobilizer (to assist in the prevention of theft), as well as stability and traction control for enhanced handling at top speeds. Of course, to assist in braking and to provide the utmost efficiency, the 2001 BMW M5 also comes with electronic brake force distribution to get the most out of the four-wheel ventilated disc brakes.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW M5: 12/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful
  • Feature-heavy
  • Stylish

You Won't Like

  • Low fuel efficiency
  • High maintenance costs

Sum Up

This is what makes a BMW a BMW.

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