Car Show the new BMW M5 at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011


A change in leadership is nigh in the exclusive segment that brings together ultra-dynamic business sedans with track-oriented drive and chassis technology.

The new BMW M5 is poised to build on the tradition of its predecessors and once again redefine the performance experience available in a four-door car.

Displaying the conceptual harmony, state-of-the-art technology and astonishingly dynamic handling for which BMW M cars have become renowned, the fifth-generation BMW M5 stirs the passion of keen drivers for top performance and blends it, in inimitable style, with the universal qualities of a top-class premium sedan.


The most powerful engine ever fitted in a series-produced model from BMW M GmbH, the innovative Active M Differential – which optimises power transfer to the rear wheels – and model-specific chassis technology developed on the back of extensive racing expertise all secure the BMW M5 a dominant position in the high-performance sedan market.

The new BMW M5 is a high-performance sports car whose exceptional dynamic potential is geared squarely to the demands of track use yet which also sets a new benchmark in everyday driving with its supreme touring comfort and innovative equipment features. It also sets the pace in its class in terms of efficiency.


The car’s history of success in a segment founded more than 25 years ago by the original BMW M5 is set to continue in thrillingly contemporary style.

High-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology – setting new standards in output and efficiency.


Under the bonnet of the new BMW M5 lies a newly developed, high-revving V8 engine with 4.4-litre displacement and the M TwinPower Turbo package of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, a cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control.

Maximum output reaches 412 kW/560 hp at 5,750 – 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The rev band, which offers extremely dynamic acceleration between the arrival of peak torque and the availability of maximum output, is therefore almost three times as wide as that of the predecessor unit.

The instantaneous power delivery and sustained thrust familiar from M cars are the key to acceleration of 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds (0 – 200 km/h/124 mph: 13.0 seconds). Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle stands at 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres / 28.5 mpg imp (CO2 emissions 232 g/km). While output has increased by around 10 per cent and maximum torque is up by more than 30 per cent, the new BMW M5 burns over 30 per cent less fuel than its predecessor.

The significantly improved balance between the performance-focused M experience and the car’s fuel consumption stems from the exceptionally impressive efficiency of the new V8 engine and from far-reaching Efficient Dynamics technology including the Auto Start-Stop function in conjunction with the standard seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic.

In order to mould the engine’s imposing power delivery into inspiring performance characteristics, the new BMW M5 boasts chassis technology – including electronically controlled dampers, M-specific Servotronic steering, a stability control system with M Dynamic Mode and high-performance compound brakes – developed from racing expertise, designed to minimise weight and tuned to the output profile of the powerplant.

Innovation delivers unbeatable traction in dynamic driving situations: the Active M Differential.

BMW M cars are equipped with a specially developed differential with variable locking function for the rear axle to deliver the sharpest possible driving dynamics and therefore allow the driver to enjoy the benefits of rear-wheel drive to the full.

To this end, the new BMW M5 includes the latest innovation in this field in the form of the Active M Differential, which uses an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential to distribute drive power to the left and right rear wheels precisely and according to the driving situation at hand.

The rear axle’s multi-plate limited-slip differential works with extremely high precision and speed. Its control unit links up with the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system and also takes into account the position of the accelerator pedal, the rotational speed of the wheels and the car’s yaw rate.

Every driving situation is therefore precisely analysed and an impending loss of traction on one side of the car identified at an early stage.

The degree of lock – which may be anywhere between 0 and 100 per cent – is adjusted as required within a fraction of a second, enabling wheel spin to be prevented on slippery surfaces, in instances where the right and left rear wheel have widely differing friction coefficients, in tight bends and when changing direction with particular vigour. Optimising traction in this way also provides unbeatable driving stability in challenging conditions and allows impressively dynamic acceleration out of corners.

M-specific design, individual control concept, exclusive equipment.

This technology combines with model-specific design features – which make a direct contribution to optimising the supply of cooling air and enhancing aerodynamic characteristics – to create the conceptual harmony typical of BMW M cars.

The precise interplay of the drive system, chassis and design has been refined in extensive and detailed testing on the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring, to ensure unbeatable longitudinal and lateral acceleration, handling characteristics and braking performance.

The interior design, control concept and innovative equipment features of the new car also play their part in creating the exclusive M experience. Sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, and an M-specific instrument cluster and centre console lend the cockpit a classical sports car feeling.

The DSC mode, engine performance characteristics, Dynamic Damper Control mapping, M Servotronic responses and M DCT Drivelogic shift program can all be adjusted independently via buttons on the centre console. Added to which, drivers can use M Drive to store a set-up composed of these parameters, plus their preferred setting for the standard-fitted Head-Up Display.

The new BMW M5 comes as standard with two M Drive buttons on the steering wheel. These allow drivers to configure the car to their tastes – by giving it a much sharper sporting edge or a comfort-biased set-up, for example – and to call up the settings in an instant, in response to the driving situation, by pressing the relevant M Drive button.

High-quality, precisely finished materials, generous levels of space and the extensive range of equipment fitted as standard generate the premium ambience laced with cutting-edge luxury of a BMW 5 Series model. Customers can also give their car the personal touch, since virtually the full range of options for the BMW 5 Series Sedan are also available for the M5, including a host of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive.