2001 BMW M5


2001 BMW M5

2001 BMW M5

With quarter-mile performance of 13.3 seconds the BMW M5 was the fastest production sedan on the planet when it was released in 2001. That was the year the M5 got some major upgrades – the move from a six cylinder to a more powerful V8, a perfect six-speed gearbox and almost 400 hp (it came in at 394 hp at launch). The family man with kids could easily drag race the same era Corvette and destroy it in a straight line (and in the curves for that matter).

The engine in the M5 was the S62 designation, derived from BMW’s 4.4-liter corporate V-8. It had increased bore and stroke, state of the art induction system with dual air cleaners and airflow meters and eight individual throttles feeds and double VANOS system which independently varies timing of  intake and exhaust camshafts. The result is an impressive 394 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 369 pound-feet of torque at 3800 rpm.

The engine makes its presence known the first time you toe into the throttle. Not only is response immediate and strong, but it also takes on an alto scream as the tachometer needle curls past 5000 revs. Yet at a more sedate pace, the engine is almost as silent as it is in any 5-series sedan. One of the other joys of this car is the six-speed manual gearbox, which is silky smooth and perfect for a family and beast twin personality machine.

The most impressive part of the 2001 M5 is that it was more than a street drag racer, it stopped, it was an awesome steer that troubled Porsche and other brands at the time. The M5 is simply a remarkably well-rounded performance machine.

In Detail

built atMunich, Germany
price $$69 400 USD
engineV8
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl with Double VANOS
displacement4941 cc / 301.5 in³
bore94.0 mm / 3.7 in
stroke89.0 mm / 3.5 in
compression11.0:1
power293.8 kw / 394.0 bhp @ 6600 rpm
specific output79.74 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
torque498.94 nm / 368.0 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
redline7000 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front tires245/40ZR-18
rear tires275/35ZR-18
front brakesVented Discs w/ABS & Vacuum Assist
f brake sizex 345 mm / x 13.6 in
rear brakesVented Discs
r brake sizex 328 mm / x 12.9 in
front wheelsF 45.7 x 20.3 cm / 18.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18.0 x 9.5 in
steeringSpeed Sensitive Recirculating Ball
curb weight1795 kg / 3957 lbs
wheelbase2830 mm / 111.4 in
front track1514 mm / 59.6 in
rear track1527 mm / 60.1 in
length4784 mm / 188.3 in
width1801 mm / 70.9 in
height1412 mm / 55.6 in
transmissionGetrag Type D 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios4.23:1, 2.53:1, 1.67:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1
final drive3.15:1
top speed~249.4 kph / 155.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph~11.3 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.3 seconds