The M5, built by BMW’s M motorsport division, is the German company’s high-speed version of the 5-Series. The first generation of the M5 was launched in 1985, and subsequent iterations have been built from each generation of the 5-Series platform.
The E60 5-Series was launched in 2003, and was produced until 2010 when it was replaced by the F10. The M5 variant of the E60 arrived in 2005, and featured the legendary S85 5-litre V10 engine, specifically designed for this model and with no components in common with earlier BMW engines.
The car was also fitted with the innovative Getrag SMG III 7-speed gearbox, with a single clutch, 11 DRIVELOGIC shift programmes and launch control. The system employed Formula 1-style steering column paddles to perform lightning-quick gear shifts, while also offering a fully automatic option.
An M ‘Power’ button located on the centre console allowed the driver to change the level of damping, engine power and throttle response, as well as the variable dynamic stability control settings.
There were also a number of unique interior components – differences from the standard E60 included M Sport seats with automated side bolsters, three-spoke M steering wheel, and a colour ‘head up’ display projecting navigation, speed, rpm and gear selection information onto the widescreen.
The exterior design was also different from the standard model, with a unique front fascia, wider front fenders with decorative M5 gills, unique rocker panels, M-designed side mirrors, quad exhaust pipe and a more aggressive rear bumper. There were also unique 19″ diameter cast M Radial Spoke alloy wheels.
LHD, Side airbags rear, Panoramic glass roof, Auto dip mirrors, Warning triangle and first aid kit, Ski bag, Isofix system, Storage compartment package, M multifunction seat, Headlight cleaning system, Parking distance control, Adaptive headlights, SAT NAV, Head up display, BMW assist, Voice control, Mobile phone preparation, DAB tuner, 6CD Changer, Professional HiFi, DVD, USB audio interface, Wood inlays.
Cloaked in a fantastic shade of Silverstone II Metallic this E60 retains a rich, deep lustre that sparkles beautifully in natural light; an exceptionally popular period colour that appears as a layered, almost two-tone effect, depending upon light conditions. The condition of this low mileage example is exceptional with arches and sills pleasingly free of marks or wear. Rubbers, seals and shadow line all appear supple and soft to touch with excellent integrity, colour and shape all around.
The rear spoiler is a nice addition from new, rounding the rear of the car nicely with more than a subtle nod to the performance on offer from this uber saloon.
The E60 really brought the game forward in terms of tech at ones disposal to and compliment the broad operating bracket on offer with HiFi, Nav and Bluetooth all in good working order. The black leather retains excellent original integrity, with no unsightly marks, stains or scuffs whilst the carpets are as new.
The rear seats look as though they have had very little use, if any, whilst the boot is tidy and clean.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Under the bonnet of this M5 lurks the monstrous 500bhp V10 engine, which propels the car from 0-60mph in a staggering 4.8 seconds. There is nothing quite like the sound of this V10, the likes of which we will not see again – just breathtaking.
Whilst the engine demands revs to extract all of the performance potential, the car is more than happy at cruise with ‘only’ provide 400hp in standard setup – a Sport button will unleash a further 100hp should one want to go that step further.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The virtually unmarked 19 inch alloys are wrapped in a matching set of Michelin tyres all round with good tread depth remaining.
The brakes are in fine order and perform as they should with no unexpected drone or squeal.
Supplied new on the 8th August, 2006, to BMW Tokyo this E60 has enjoyed a regular servicing routine over the last ten years.
Intervals at 2k kilometres, 7k, 11k, 15k, 24k, 27k and 32k illustrates a level of care that some low mileage examples can miss out on, with the original service book showing stamps up to 24k with invoicing thereafter.
A full book pack, inclusive of an approved vehicle Invoice from BMW Premium Selection, appears alongside a spare remote and valet key.
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