When the BMW M5 debuted in 1972, the automaker had spent all of the previous three decades creating a sedan to suit many purposes. Bringing together every aspect of thoroughbred performance, prestigious luxury car, and suitable family sedan, and rolling it all into one great sport sedan that has been superbly accomplished. Even better, BMW has given the Motorsport badge to the 5 Series, making it even more appealing to some drivers.
Overall impressions look excellent with this M5 that sacrifices nothing when it comes to performance features. The 2006 BMW M5 has been called a super-sport sedan and after taking a test drive, that seems evident to the driver.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: seven-speed sequential manual gearbox
Models: BMW M5
The jazzed up M5 returns to the lineup of BMWs for 2006, and this time struts around with a 500-hp V-10.
The 2006 BMW M5 exterior shows some improvements with unique wheels and fascia added seats. The 2006 BMW M5 classifies as a sport sedan that comes in one level only, which includes performance 255/40ZR19 tires and 19-inch alloy wheels. Other standard exterior features include HID headlamps, a rear defogger, rain-sensing wipers, and a power glass sunroof. The exterior has an elegant, classic design and can be enhanced with a choice of colors to suit most tastes.
When it comes to M5 interior features, BMW offers automatic climate control, sport seats with heat and driver memory, Bluetooth compatibility, leather interior upholstery, and heated power mirrors. An awesome iDrive system provides a vehicle management tool that also includes a DVD-based navigation system and offers voice command capabilities. The audio system is a Lexicon premium-grade stereo system with a total of 13 speakers and the CD mounted in the glove box. Other available options to improve the interior include the Alcantara headliner, full-leather interior, satellite radio, and ventilated seats.
Sitting inside the 2006 BMW M5 feels dignified and it seems evident that the sedan is driver-oriented with controls within easy reach and all information stored in the iDrive interface. The model shows superb build quality and uses high-quality materials. The rear and front seats provide adequate support and seat everyone very comfortably.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 BMW M5 features a powerful five-liter V-10 that generates 500 horsepower with 383 lb-ft of torque while routing all of the power to the M5’s rear wheels via the SMG, the seven-speed BMW sequential manual gearbox. This advanced system allows for automatic operation of a manual transmission. There are 11 shift programs to use, including the launch control for reaching higher speeds quickly. Although the M5 remains a similar weight to previous, V-8-powered vehicles, the M5 moves considerably faster. BMW estimates a 4.7 second acceleration time for reaching 60 mph from a standstill.
The M5 serves as a well-balanced machine that handles aggressively during driving maneuvers, as well as while driving on the highway. The three Electronic Damping Control suspension settings can be chosen by the driver and include comfort, normal, and performance-based sport. The V-10 provides an outstanding amount of quickness and excellent acceleration.
2006 BMW M5 standard safety features include head protection and side airbags for the front, dusk-sensing headlights, an engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring, stability control, and electronic brakes. The 5 Series earns a designation as a ""Best Pick"" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety off-set impact tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW M5: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Driver-oriented cockpit
- Stunningly fast V-10 engine
- Exceptionally well-balanced chassis
- Good resale value
You Won't Like
- SMG not perfectly responsive or smooth
- Tinny exhaust sound
The king of performance sedans.
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