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New M5 sibling

2007-01-12 08:25

Meet the new BMW M5 Touring

Looking for a super fast mom's taxi? Well, BMW might just have the right set of wheels for you. The German carmaker has just unveiled the estate version of the M5.

Powered by the back-to-back International Engine of the Year-winning engine driving through BMW's unique seven-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox, the new M5 Touring offers up to 1 650 litres of boot space for owners needing to move sizeable loads... quickly.

It comes with the same normally aspirated 5.0-litre V10 engine as its sedan counterpart.

The new M5 Touring redlines at 8 250 r/min while 373 kW and 520 Nm of torque propel the car from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds (only 0.1 seconds slower than the sedan).

These levels of performance are in part made possible by BMW's seven-speed SMG with Drivelogic in a production car.

The gearbox features eleven different change patterns to offer the driver a personally-tuned driving experience - six settings vary speed and response of gear change in a manual mode and there are five automatic modes.

A Launch Control function delivers the fastest possible acceleration from standstill.

Like the sedan, the new M5 Touring features a three-stage DSC+ traction control system.

The default mode offers drivers high levels of performance and stability.

M Dynamic Mode allows an enthusiastic driver the ability to push the M5 Touring to, and beyond, the absolute limits of traction, permitting some sideslip and countersteering before the system cuts in and is selected in the M Drive Manager.

If the DSC button is pressed, DSC+ is completely disengaged.

BMW M's variable M differential also offers the highest levels of driving stability and traction, especially when accelerating out of high-speed corners, with up to 100% of drive being transferred to the rear wheel with most traction.

Finally, the Electronic Damper Control (EDC) system offers three suspension settings to complement the prevailing driving conditions.

  • Unfortunately there is no decision yet to bring BMW's 5 Series Touring range to SA.

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