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      07-07-2010, 06:25 AM   #1
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The BMW M5 ends its production lifespan with a new record high

Munich. After being on sale on the global automotive market for five successful years, the BMW M5 has ended its production lifespan with a new record high. The BMW M GmbH produced a total of 20,548 of the charismatic high-performance sports car featuring a V 10-cylinder power unit. The BMW M5 Saloon is accountable for 19,523 of these, with the BMW M5 Touring, which was first launched in 2007, contributing a further 1025 units towards the overall result. This means that even the production figures of the predecessor model, which was manufactured for a period of six years, have been surpassed. The BMW M GmbH sees this record result as a further chapter in the success story of a remarkable automobile, which reaches back as far as the year 1984. 26 years ago we saw the launch of the first BMW M5 – this also marking the birth of the high-performance saloon segment.

Drive and suspension technology inspired by motor sports combined with the spaciousness and travelling comfort of a midrange saloon car: When the first BMW M5 was launched, this concept brought about an entirely new vehicle category. With M-specific aesthetics and thanks to uncompromising premium quality, the new model was at the same time the first high-performance sports car designed for use in everyday traffic conditions. With the fifth generation of the BMW M5, this combination achieved a level of fascination it had never reached before. A V10 high-revving 373 kW/507 bhp engine, sequential M transmission Drivelogic with seven gears and Launch Control for maximum acceleration from a standstill, variable, engine speed-dependent M differential lock as well as model-specific suspension technology, including Electronic Damper Control (EDC) and a compound brake unit, guarantee the BMW M5’s outstanding performance characteristics. High-quality equipment features, which include innovative driver assistance systems such as Adaptive Headlights and M-specific Head-up Display, underline its premium character.

As an all-round athlete, dominating both the highly dynamic sprint and longer distances, the latest generation, too, is capturing a unique position within the competitive environment. In 2007, the saloon, which was also dubbed by the media as a “businessman’s express”, was joined by the BMW M5 Touring. This model offered a second body variant that enriched the character of the sports car, which was unrestrictedly suitable for everyday use, with additional facets.

The USA also proved to be the most crucial sales market for the fifth generation of the BMW M Saloon. 8,800 vehicles were sold in the United States. Ahead of the German market (1,647 units), Great Britain and Ireland developed the greatest demand on the European continent with 1,776 vehicles sold. Japan (1,357 units) takes fourth place among the most significant markets for the BMW M5 Saloon, followed by Italy (512). The BMW M5 Touring enjoyed the greatest popularity in Germany (302 units), Great Britain and Ireland (208) and in Italy (184).

A distinctive feature of both models is the 5-litre, ten-cylinder engine with a high-revving concept. The power unit, which was conceived using comprehensive expertise derived from motor sports, develops maximum output at an engine speed of 7,750 rpm, disclosing its unique character in particular through enormous pulling power that remains available across a remarkably broad speed range. Its exceptional position has been underlined by numerous awards. For example, in the years 2005 and 2006, the V10 engine seized overall victory twice in succession at the “Engine of the Year Awards” as well as first place during each of the two following years in the engine category exceeding a cubic capacity of 4 litres. Even after completion of the BMW M5’s production lifespan, the 10-cylinder engine continues to fascinate in a very special way. The exceptional power unit with identical power output and performance characteristics is currently featured in both the BMW M6 Coupe and the BMW M6 Convertible. The limited BMW M6 Competition Edition offers a particularly elegant way of expressing the high-performance coupe’s superior dynamics. A unique BMW Individual Frozen Grey paint finish and an individual interior design provide the coupe with an exclusive high-quality ambience. The BMW Individual full Merino leather trim is available either in black with light grey contrast seams or in the bi-colour version Silverstone/Black with light grey and black contrast seams. In both cases, the coupe’s individual character is underlined by doorsill trims boasting the “M6 Competition” logo.

The coupe’s high performance oriented profile is additionally enhanced by modifications to the suspension. Revised tuning of springs, dampers and stabilisers, lowering of the suspension by 12 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear in conjunction with M forged alloy wheels featuring a double spoke design and a special combination of tyres, result in noticeably optimised lateral and longitudinal dynamics. Management of the suspension systems, the EDC Electronic Damper Control, the track and camber values as well as the characteristic map of the variable M differential lock have been perfectly adapted to match the suspension modifications.
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Wow, so it's got even more exclusivity if you had the hatchback. I knew that they weren't as popular as the sedan, but barely going over 1000 is pretty interesting! Cool stuff.
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Wow, so it's got even more exclusivity if you had the hatchback. I knew that they weren't as popular as the sedan, but barely going over 1000 is pretty interesting! Cool stuff.
Yeah, that was interesting to me too. It had me wondering, for comparison's sake, how many E34 M5 tourings were produced. I'm guessing it was more since I think those were sold in the US market while the E60 M5 touring was not. In other words the E60 M5 touring could end up being one of the rarest M5's yet.
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      07-07-2010, 08:19 AM   #5
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A new record high ... by a mere 66 units. The E39 M5 sold 20,482 units world-wide. And here in the U.S. the E39 M5 outsold the E60 M5 (9,198 to 8,800).

Marketing failure? Did BMW miss the mark with the over-technical E60 M5? Maybe. But I, for one, am glad that the engineers were in charge of the E60 M5 and not the marketers. (Unlike today ... 5 series GT?)
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Yeah, that was interesting to me too. It had me wondering, for comparison's sake, how many E34 M5 tourings were produced. I'm guessing it was more since I think those were sold in the US market while the E60 M5 touring was not. In other words the E60 M5 touring could end up being one of the rarest M5's yet.
I could be wrong, but I don't think the e34 M5 touring came to the US. If I am wrong, I will be searching for one once I pay off my ZHP (not much to go!)...
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The e60 M5 was a perfect size car for a family man. I just wish for the phasing out year they put DCT in the car. Then I bet it would have been truly sublime. However, for the time it came out the SMG was not too shabby as well..
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A new record high ... by a mere 66 units. The E39 M5 sold 20,482 units world-wide.
yes, but the e60 did it in 5 years, compared to 6 for the e39....
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I could be wrong, but I don't think the e34 M5 touring came to the US. If I am wrong, I will be searching for one once I pay off my ZHP (not much to go!)...
Yeah, I am not sure. But I know I've seen one locally before. It could have been a fake or maybe an import. Or maybe they were sold in Canada. Dunno.
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yes, but the e60 did it in 5 years, compared to 6 for the e39....
Yep. I still think the e39 was the best in the context of its era - dominant. But full kudos to the e60 for its powerplant.
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I could be wrong, but I don't think the e34 M5 touring came to the US. If I am wrong, I will be searching for one once I pay off my ZHP (not much to go!)...
No E34 M5 touring ever made it to this side of the world. However, rumors has it that E34 M5 "turbo" with 450 hp did make it. These are rumors and no solid evidence were ever produce.
Keep the ZHP. I wish I kept mine. But oh well. I would find a nice use E60 M5.
I guess A Dieu E60 M5. You kept us entertained with your beastly look, and your nice growling exhaust.

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No E34 M5 touring ever made it to this side of the world.
A Google search turns up a few. But, yeah, reading the forum posts, I think these have been imported and federalized.

http://www.google.com/search?q=E34+M5+touring
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