If one wanted a historic overview of the large High Performance Saloon, a brief look at how the BMW M5 has evolved would give exactly that. It is undoubtedly the original and no manufacturer has managed to produce such a consistently world-beating model across so many generations.
The first M5 was introduced to market in 1986 and featured the straight six engine from the M1 supercar in an E28 5 series. This set the template for BMW and since then, every M5 across the generations has always been the darling of the press and the target for all other manufacturers, few of which have come close to matching it. As the 5 series grew, so did the performance. The straight six engines were replaced with V8s and even a screaming V10 for the E60, linking that iteration to when BMW were a works Formula 1 constructor.
The F10 M5 replaced the E60 and the naturally aspirated V10 was eschewed for a bi-turbo V8. It was released to the public at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and went on sale in November 2011. While BMW M had previously offered M5 Touring models in both the E34 and E61 generations, the F10 M5 was produced exclusively as a saloon.
This was the first M saloon car with forced aspiration – but any worries were soon displaced when the amazing performance was utilised for the first time. It used a 4395cc variation of the S63 4.4L V8 engine called the S63B44T0, producing 553 bhp at 6000 – 7000 rpm and maximum torque of 502 lb⋅ft from 1500 – 5750 rpm. The transmission was a 7-speed dual-clutch system, with the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox for the US market only.
The car features standard blue-painted brake calipers, however factory optional carbon ceramic brakes can be identified by a polished gold color paint on the caliper. The standard wheels were a 19 inch multi spoke design with a 20 inch wheel available as an option.
The Competition Package for the F10 M5, known by the internal option code 7MA, was introduced at the beginning of July 2013 production and could be optioned to standard cars. It consisted of the following features – Revised engine management with different boost mapping, yielding 15 additional horsepower (for a total of 575), Sport exhaust with black chrome tips, Revised suspension tuning with shorter (by 10mm) and stiffer (by 20 percent) springs, stiffer damping rates (by 20 percent), stiffer front axle bushings and increased anti-roll bar stiffness (by 15 percent), Quicker steering rack (by 10 percent) with revised Servotronic software, Retuned Active M Differential software, Retuned M Dynamic Mode (MDM) for Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and 20-inch cast alloy “Style 601M” alloy wheels, sized 9×20-inch (front) and 10×20-inch (rear).
To celebrate the end of F10 M5 production, BMW M GmbH produced 200 examples of the M5 “Competition Edition” during September and October of 2016. Production was evenly split between two colors: Carbon Black metallic (416) and Mineral White metallic (A96).
The Competition Edition is equipped with the Competition Package, as well as a revised engine management that raises maximum horsepower from 575 bhp to 592 bhp and maximum torque from 500 lb-ft to 516 lb-ft. Further cosmetic enhancements include – BMW M Performance black grille and side gills with “M5 Competition” logo, BMW M Performance carbon fibre mirror covers, rear spoiler and lower diffuser, 20-inch “Style 601M” alloy wheels with Jet Black inside spokes, Black complete Merino leather upholstery with Opal White contrast stitching and trim and BMW M Performance carbon fibre interior trim with “M5 Competition 1/200” badge.
RHD, 1 of 200 Competition Editions worldwide, BMW M Competition Package, Increased engine output of 600hp/700Nm, BMW M sports exhaust system with black chrome exhaust tailpipes, Mineral White A96, Kidney grille in high gloss black, Carbon fibre mirror caps, rear diffuser and rear boot lip spoiler, Exterior badge featuring ‘M5 Competition’ designation on the M side gills, Competition Edition designation, Stitched ‘M5’ logo, on the front seat headrests, Carbon Fibre interior trim with laser inscription M5 Competition 1/200, Full black Merino leather upholstery with Opal White contrast stitching, Anthracite floor mats with Opal White piping.
Bang & Olufsen 1200 watt surround sound, Adaptive LED headlights, Head-up display, Powered bootlid operation, Comfort access, Driving assistant, M Sport multi-function electric seats with driver memory, Heated seats (front and rear), Lumbar support, Reversing assist camera, Speed limit display, Split-folding rear seats, Sunblind (rear window – electric) with sun protection glass, Cruise control with brake function/speed limiting function/hill start assistant, High beam assistance, High gloss shadow line, BMW professional multimedia & 20GB hard drive, Four zone climate control, DAB radio, Park distance control (front and rear), Voice control for mobile phone, Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control, Tracking & security system, BMW apps interface, Professional radio with single CD player (with MP3 and DVD playback) & aux connection, Enhanced bluetooth, Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, Tyre pressure monitoring, Heat insulated windows.
Resplendent in Mineral White, this M5 gains a far more aggressively vented and aerodynamically efficient front bumper, larger side skirts and very subtly flared arches to cover the 20 inch alloy wheels. It looks every bit the part of a muscular super saloon. The Competition Edition goes even further and adds a large carbon fibre rear diffuser, carbon fibre rear spoiler, carbon fibre mirror covers and high gloss black grilles.
The Competition Edition was only available in two colours, Mineral White and Carbon Black. There is purported to be only 20 Mineral White cars in the country. The interplay of colours between the Mineral White paint, Sun Protection Glass, Diamond Cut Jet Black wheels and the blue brake calipers provide a superb contrast and an athletic yet discreet aesthetic. Pleasingly, the sparkling and shimmery paintwork is in immaculate order with almost no signs of marks to report.
The M5 might be the highest performing sports saloon in the BMW stable but is it still a 5 series and needs to cosset the driver and passengers on all journeys. As ever, the duality of character is clear to see.
When entering the M5 you are greeted with flourishes of detail that hint of something special, yet the seats are hugely comfortable and supportive and the leather super soft and supportive. The interior is finished in Full Black Merino leather with Opal white stitching, alcantara headlining and Carbon Fibre trim. The leather is in excellent condition, the rear seats appear to have had almost no use and the interior presents incredibly well, as expected from the age and mileage.
All of the controls are grouped in a very ergonomic fashion, with all of the driving modes lined up on the centre console surrounding the gear shifter, allowing a driver to alter the stiffness of the suspension, steering weight and throttle response. Beneath the gearshift is the switch to alter the gear shift ferocity. All are independent of each other and two ‘M’ buttons on the steering wheel allow one to memorise their two favourite driving settings.
BMWs central control interface is now a paragon of reliability and ease of use. The F10 M5 uses idrive 4 and all of the functionality works as it should with a very clear menu system. Many of the features are shown on the heads-up display, which also has the very enjoyable M heads-up display function, Amongst other performance orientated features it gives you a digital rev-counter projected on the windscreen in front of you.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The S63 engine is another masterpiece of technical engineering from BMW Motorsport, blending huge performance with surprising fuel economy. The basic architecture is a V8 sporting a swept capacity of 4395cc with two, twin scroll turbos, one on each bank of the cylinders. The motive force is sent to the rear tyres via a 7 speed dual clutch transmission and an electronically controlled Active (torque vectoring) M-Differential.
The resulting headline figures for the Competition Edition are 592bhp, 516 lb ft of torque, a benchmark sprint to sixty in a claimed 3.9 seconds and a very limited V-max of 155mph.
On test drive this M5 feels incredibly potent and able to neutralise its weight the instant the throttle is pushed. When one is on a high-speed road attack sortie, the gearbox is incredibly quick and on the fastest shift programme slams the gears home with racecar aggression, yet also capable of.seamlessly shifting through the ratios with relaxing grace in the more comfortable settings. Breathing through a BMW M sports exhaust system, the Competition Edition is also the best sounding F10 M5.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The M5 Competition Edition comes with a beautiful set of Exclusive M Double-Spoke 601M light alloys wheels finished in Diamond Cut Jet Black. They catch the light beautifully and match the Mineral White paint to perfection. There are marks or blemishes to report.
The tyres are a set of Pirelli P Zeros with the correct BMW ‘N’ rating. The front axle is sized at 265/35/20 and the rear axle a mighty 295/30/20. All show good tread.
First registered on the 08/12/2016, this M5 has only one owner in total.
It was supplied new by Dick Lovett Bristol who also carried out the running-in service and first service at 13,721 miles. The service indicator currently shows another 14,000 miles before further servicing is required.
This M5 also has the BMW Service Inclusive Package, which covers service consumables for 5 years or 50,000 miles (whichever comes sooner) from the point of first registration. It also comes with the balance of the manufacturers warranty and the MOT is not due until December 2019, being inside the 3 year threshold for a new car.
Both keys and the owners pack are present and correct.
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