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Record-topping BMW M5 bows out

2010-07-07 11:28
The BMW M5’s five-year production run has ended after a record-breaking 20 548 units were built in that time.

A further 1 025 Touring models were created from 2007. Both sedan and wagon models were powered by a 373-kW five-litre V10 engine that regularly raked in accolades in the annual Engine of the Year awards.

The first M5 was created in 1984 when the performance car designed for use in daily traffic conditions was credited with creating a new vehicle segment.

The fifth generation M5 was the most technologically potent model to date, with its array of state-of-the-art equipment including an engine speed-dependent M differential lock, electronic damper control and the recalcitrant seven-speed sequential M transmission. On-point driver assistance systems included adaptive headlights and a head-up display specific to the M car.

The next-generation M5 will not be fitted with a ten-cylinder engine. It will, instead, gain a twin-turbo V8 powerplant.

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