2005 BMW M5 Officially Launched! (drooling ensues)

July Launch of the E60 M5

Not that I’ll be able to afford one in the next couple of decades, but if I had my choice of one car, any car, today, it would likely be an M5.

The new M5 has an all-new V-10 engine that makes over 500 horsepower. The only transmission option is the SMGIII (sequential manual gearshift) paddle system, that allows both manual and automatic shifting by means of a computer-actuated clutch (not a traditional slushbox automatic). The SMGIII will be the first 7-speed transmission in a production car. The new M5 features an “MDrive” button on the steering wheel that toggles between customizable comfort and performance profiles that you set up in iDrive. You can adjust tons of settings, including the “Active backrest width”. Awesome.

I’m still a little hesitant to fully embrace the new Bangle-ized style of recent BMWs. I think it’s going to take a little while, but it’s definitely growing on me.

Check out the link above for lots of details and photos.

One day, it will be mine…