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BMW M5 (E60) Tested by Tiff Needell (Fifth Gear)

Mar 16, 2022
we are about to test one of the best cars in the world on a track its acceleration seems endless the engine management system is more sophisticated than any pc it is a four door saloon that does 200 mph it has a spec that says like a formula one car complete with a v10 engine and 7 speed

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box is yours for sixty two grand this is bmw's mighty m5 now bmw always claimed their m5 should be good enough to carry four people and their luggage in comfort all the way to the south of france and at the same time being able to live with a supercar on a track so i've been trying to figure out how to test their claims i think i've figured it out we're Here in soles, get her set up, head over to Portsmouth on the ferry over the call and then bomb France to visit a small town that has a street circuit I've always dreamed of racing on, but I never did, we were cruising south on Route Nationale 138 which eventually becomes the straight Mulsanne de Lemoin Perfect time to start experimenting with the five liter V10 engine at the moment when we are chilling in city mode with Only 400 horsepower, but if we just push this little button and go from 400 horsepower to 507, the whole engine tone comes to life.
bmw m5 e60 tested by tiff needell fifth gear
The amazing thing is that this 507 horsepower doesn't actually feel that fierce, it just feels this endless, glorious involvement. It's one of the best engines ever and to help keep it in the sweet spot I've included seven ratios in the

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box there's a fully automatic mode but I prefer to shift manually with the paddles you can also choose the actual speed of the changes by selecting one of the six modes. I've driven the car for about 100 miles or so and played around with all these different gear changes and you're beginning to realize that even though mode one, the slowest gear, can make your passengers' necks a bit easier you can actually do even smoother shifting in mode six the quicker shifter can only give a little bit of li feet off the throttle we're just proving it's like Fergie R built the rails up lift through he, didn't touch it at all ok going up and down through the gears the computer tells me I'm only getting about 50 mpg but then this kind of performance you don't read on that fan but that means That my range is only about 220 miles, it filled up after a couple more hours, we got to our overnight stop in La Rochelle, where we suddenly realized how ordinary the car looks.
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Only a connoisseur would spot the M5's telltale details, but then, for the executives shopping for these, understated styling is just as important as incredible performance. from yesterday because actually dialing in it can sound a little harsh another thing I want you guys to look at is this heads up display that I've been using all the way down with a fixed tip and it's brilliant because the whole route here I have I didn't have to put away the view of the highway at all. I think these screens will be essential for all cars of the future.
bmw m5 e60 tested by tiff needell fifth gear
It's time to go prepare the camera work. seven extra horsepower and costing almost a hundred grand more the 62,000 pound m5 is a bargain which makes it all the more enjoyable soon we got to poe and even the rain didn't spoil the thrill of finally driving around a track I'd just seen in old movies after Monaco it is the second oldest street circuit the damage bottled up for today The races are reserved for high days and holidays so it was on the way to the sister track PO they are not for the final part of our test now the end of this straight hole which is unbelievable fourth blind gear you just cut the car but it just throws you left buddy the right hand of which if you want to have fun can't be taken as one under sees his eyes go there head is the health of the track oh silly Benson even visited one way then walked down On the way we are all I think he could get carried away a little must remember m5 is big , we can s come to somewhat respect that weight that only the front end throws off, and of course, when it's breaking.
bmw m5 e60 tested by tiff needell fifth gear
The stopping distance is long, isn't it just that you need a little more space? now pull this wide but as we dive into the neighborhood she has to remember I drove this car to focus she has to remember I drove this car all the way from England with all our luggage and camera gear and now I'm doing this to her for heartbeat that's for sure unfortunately the waiting list sucks if you order one today it wouldn't arrive until mid 2007 however come join us in a bit and we'll show you a way to get it. an m5 fixes a little faster with our latest

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