The 2007 BMW M5 is the performance sibling in the 5 Series stable. This is a purist’s driving machine that offers all of the handling and power BMW is famous for, but skips the gadgets and gimmicks. While there is respectable competition in this segment that is worth a look, the M5 is the clear-cut leader and unmatched by rivals in nearly every aspect of pure driving performance and handling.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.0-liter V-10
Transmissions: seven-speed sequential manual gearbox (SMG), six-speed manual
Models: BMW M5
The 2007 BMW M5 now has a six-speed manual transmission option at no additional cost. A tire-pressure monitoring system along with a four-year subscription to BMW Assist and real-time traffic information are now included on the standard features list.
The BMW M5 sport sedan serves as a high-performance variant of the midsize 5 Series but comes in one trim level only. Standard features include lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, and HID adaptive headlamps.
The M5 has looks to spare with sleek lines and classy styling that lets others know that this gives serious driving pleasure mixed with luxury and comfort. While not the most radically-styled entrant in this class, the M5 has an appearance that manages to portray the fine and well-balanced mix of luxury and pure performance.
The M5’s cabin includes a fine list of standard features: automatic climate control, Merino leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable sport seats with driver memory, Bluetooth connectivity, the iDrive vehicle management system, and a navigation system. The audio gear is also high-end featuring a premium-grade Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system with 13 speakers and a glove-box-mounted CD changer. Stand-alone options include 20-way multifunction seats with active backrest width, ventilated seats, satellite radio, and a full leather interior with Alcantara headliner. Aluminum interior trim is standard with wood trim available as an option at no extra charge. Other stand-alone gear can be added, such as a head-up display, keyless startup, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and fold-down capability for the rear seats.
While the M5 emphasizes very real performing and driving athleticism, it is still a luxury car made by a respected high-end vehicle maker, and the interior keeps in line with this philosophy. Supportive seats, fine features, material quality, and decent spaciousness all help to make the cabin of the M5 a comfortable cockpit.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 BMW M5 packs a five-liter, V-10 engine that produces an impressive 500 hp at 7750 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 6100 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels using BMW's seven-speed sequential manual gearbox (SMG), a sophisticated transmission that combines the control of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic. The SMG includes 11 shift programs as well as a launch-control mode that helps the M5 handle drag strip challenges. A six-speed manual transmission can be substituted at no extra cost. Just about everything is geared to performance and handling on the M5 and the powertrain certainly impresses.
The handling itself is superior due to superb balance, three driver adjusted suspension settings, and sharp responsiveness with almost no noticeable body roll. The M5 offers everything form curve-hugging performance to bump-smoothing comfort. While not a full-on luxury vehicle, the M5 manages ride quality while still providing about as much driving fun as even the most devout enthusiasts can crave.
The standard safety equipment on the M5 is indicative of its performance-oriented goals and includes a tire-pressure monitor, active front head restraints, a head protection system, and side-impact airbags for the front seats, BMW's DSC stability control system that is programmed for performance driving, massive four-wheel disc brakes with electronic brake proportioning, and cornering and stability enhancements. Side-impact airbags for rear passengers are optional. The BMW 5 Series received top marks in crash safety tests. All this inspires confidence to use the immense performance capabilities of the M5.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW M5: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- V10 engine
- Driver-oriented cockpit
- Build quality
- Resale value
You Won't Like
- iDrive system
- Shifting response
A classic and still a leader in the performance sedan segment.
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