Get to Know the Seriously Fast 2016 BMW M5

When it comes to track and racing, you need something that rips through the air; a machine that is packed with power and is capable to perform exceedingly well in given set of conditions. The segment of premium sports cars is made to perform, and today we get to know one very closely – the 2016 BMW M5. Auto & Generals brings you the complete review of BMW M5 with all the specifications, features, prices, and everything else you ever wanted to know about your favorite premium sports sedan. It has been engineered to impress. Let’s get into it and go vroom!



The 2016 BMW M5 is large, heavy, and carries that power punch that you’ll need while on the track. This high-performance sports sedan is surprisingly capable to perform and is seriously fast. It is available in single trim and carries a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine producing 560 bhp of power. Rear-wheel drive and 7-speed automatic transmission are standard, though you have an option for manual transmission. It is one great package of appearance and performance, indeed. Let’s check out the external and internal features of this fast machine.

Exterior, Interior, Features

In first look, the M5 looks like a lean athlete and clearly indicates that it is made to rip through the air. The front, sides, and rear are all attractive. The car weighs 4,387 lbs and can accommodate 5 passengers easily. It runs 193.5 inches long, has a width of 74.4 inches, a wheelbase of 116.7 inches, and overall height of 57.3 inches.

The 2016 BMW M5 gets all standard external features, some of which include express open/close sliding and tilting glass 1st row sunroof with power sunshade, power heated auto dimming side mirrors with power folding, speed-sensitive rain-detecting variable intermittent wipers with heated jets, lip spoiler, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with washer and delay-off, cornering lights, perimeter/ lights, and LED brakelights.

The inside is cool and soothing to eyes. Again, it has everything you can expect from a performance-oriented BMW. It is made to give you a quick and comfortable ride. Some of the interior features include heated 20-way power front with 4-way lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable thigh support, active head restraints with adjustable side support, steering wheel, and outside mirrors, 60-40 folding rear seat, power telescoping steering, BMW Online Full Service Internet Access, sport leather steering wheel with auto tilt-away, ashtray, proximity key for doors and push button start, valet function, remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, illuminated entry and panic button, remote releases for hatch, garage door transmitter, cruise control with steering-mounted controls, and dual-zone front automatic air conditioning with steering-mounted controls.

In addition to the above, you also get separate controls for rear HVAC; the HVAC includes underseat ducts, residual heat recirculation, and console ducts. Furthermore, you get an illuminated glove box, day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver & passenger visor vanity mirrors with driver and passenger illumination, front & rear map lights, fade-to-off interior lighting, cargo area concealed storage, cargo space lights, head restraints, and FOB controls for trunk, windows and sunroof.

This is not all yet. The M5 also gets an integrated navigation system with voice activation, tracker system, smart device integration, and an instrument panel covered bin with refrigerated box in the console.

Additional features include a perimeter alarm, an engine immobilizer, and four 12V DC power outlets.

Entertainment and Infotainment

Again, the M5 gets all the standard gauges including the speedometer, odometer, engine coolant temperature, tachometer, trip odometer, trip computer, systems monitor, outside temperature gauge, and analog display.

The entertainment and infotainment department gets a radio with anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 with RDS that includes auto-store, 3-channel FM diversity antenna, Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system, vehicle-specific equalizing, 600-watt amplifier, 16 speakers, HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, hands-free Bluetooth and USB audio connection, and satellite radio with 1-year subscription.

The radio comes with a seek-scan, clock, speed-compensated volume control, auxiliary audio input jack, steering-mounted controls, voice activation, external memory control and 20 GB internal memory. You also get a graphic equalizer, audio theft deterrent, wireless streaming, an LCD monitor, and real-time traffic display.

Engine and Performance


You can expect anything and everything from the BMW M5 when it comes to performance. It is packed with a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine producing 560 bhp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 500 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm. The machine gets rear-wheel drive and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (with manual shifting) as standard; however, you have an option for manual transmission too. Believe us, you’ll find the automatic transmission in M5 to be far better than the manual transmission.

The BMW M5 reaches from 0 mph to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and can achieve top speed of 160 mph.

Fuel Economy

The M5 is made to perform on the track and one should not expect it to be extremely fuel efficient. It has an approximate fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons, taking its highway cruising range to around 420 miles. The estimated fuel economy on highways is 20 mpg and within city is 14 mpg.

Safety Features

For a vehicle capable to achieve such high speeds, it becomes a prime concern to be extremely safe, and BMW has taken utmost care of safety in M5. In addition to all the standard safety features, you get optional safety packages and features too.

Some of the safety features in 2016 BMW M5 are 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS, front & rear vented discs, brake assist, hill hold control, electric parking brake, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with washer and delay-off, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS and Driveline Traction Control, side impact beams, dual-stage driver & passenger seat-mounted side airbags, BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S., and front & rear parking sensors along with low tire pressure warning.

In addition to the above, you also get a dual-stage driver & passenger front airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, and a back-up camera.

Night vision with pedestrian detection comes in as an optional safety feature.

Price and Availability

There is only one trim available for the 2016 BMW M5 and it is priced at $95,095. Obviously, the price does not include any extra packages, if you opt for.

You will need to call your nearest BMW Dealership to confirm the availability of the 2016 BMW M5.

Final Verdict

The 2016 BMW M5 is a completely performance-oriented vehicle and is meant for people who love speed, agility, and control. It can attract eyes and appreciations even without the engine switched on. It is impressive on track and can surpass other machines within a flash.

One of the downsides for BMW M5 can be its price. It is slightly on a pricier side when compared to other premium sports sedans. In case you do not have any budget constraints and are a BMW lover, M5 is the car for you.

However, if you wish to check out some alternatives to M5 that are more affordable, you can have a look at Cadillac CTS-V, Audi S6, Lexus GS F, and Maserati Ghibli. One of the expensive competitors is the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S 4MATIC, which is priced at $102,625 and above.

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