E60 + E61 M5
  History
Production Data
Drivetrain
Chassis
Cosmetics
Special Versions
Colors and Upholstery
   
 
Production Versions
NB91: European-spec E60 M5 sedan (LHD), 09/2004 through 12/2009
NB92: European-spec E60 M5 sedan (RHD), 03/2005 through 12/2009
NB93: North American-spec E60 M5 sedan (LHD), 09/2005 through 12/2009
PV91: European-spec E61 M5 Touring (LHD), 03/2007 through 04/2010
PV92: European-spec E61 M5 Touring (RHD), 03/2007 through 02/2010
   
History
What makes the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring unique?
The E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring are high-performance versions of the E60 5 Series sedan and E61 5 Series Touring that were engineered by BMW M GmbH (an independent subsidiary of BMW AG). Both are powered by an M-designed 5.0-liter V10 powerplant and are equipped with many special enhancements to the chassis, as well as unique interior and exterior components.
Where were the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring first introduced?
The E60 M5 sedan debuted in concept form at the 2004 Geneva International Motor Show. However, the production version was not officially unveiled until the Paris "Mondial de L'Automobile" in September of 2004. The E61 M5 Touring debuted three years later at the 2007 Geneva International Motor Show.
Where were the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring produced?
Both the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring were built on the standard 5 Series production line at BMW's Dingolfing factory north-east of Munich.
Production Data
How many official versions of the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring were offered?
BMW offered three different versions of the E60 M5 sedan: European-market models in both left-hand drive (NB91) and right-hand drive (NB92), which were sold in all worldwide markets outside of North America, plus a North American-market version (NB93) in left-hand drive only. In addition, the E61 M5 Touring was offered in both left-hand drive (PV91) and right-hand drive (PV92) models, but was only built to ECE specification.
How many examples of the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring were produced?
NB91 (ECE-spec M5 sedan, LHD): 6,427 produced from 09/2004 through 12/2009
NB92 (ECE-spec M5 sedan, RHD): 3,646 produced from 03/2005 through 12/2009
NB93: (NA-spec M5 sedan, LHD): 9.491 produced from 09/2005 through 12/2009
PV91 (ECE-spec M5 Touring, LHD): 803 produced from 03/2007 through 04/2010
PV92 (ECE-spec M5 Touring, RHD): 222 produced from 03/2007 through 02/2010
How many examples of the E60 M5 sedan were produced with a manual transmission?
BMW M produced a total of 1,364 examples (including six pre-production vehicles) of the E60 M5 sedan with the optional 6-speed manual gearbox, all exclusively for the USA and Canada.
What significant changes were made to the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring during their production?
—Traditional ignition key replaced by start/stop button (9/05 production)
—Auxiliary input added to audio system (3/06 production)
—6-speed manual transmission introduced for North America only (9/06 production)
—Tire Pressure Monitor (with wheel sensors) replaces Flat Tire Monitor for North America only (9/06 production)
—HD radio offered (9/06 production)
—Enhancements to navigation system (9/06 production)
—Updated headlight design (3/07 production)
—Detail revisions to front airdam design and front wheel lips (3/07 production)
—Updated taillight design (3/07 production)
—Upgraded interior trim materials (3/07 production)
—Revised center console and interior door panel design (3/07 production)
—Programmable memory buttons added to iDrive system (3/07 production)
—Comfort front seats (like those used in other E60 models but with active upper bolsters) introduced as an option (3/07 production)
—Soft-close doors introduced as an option (3/07 production)
—Enhanced Premium sound system from BMW Individual with 16 speakers introduced as an option (3/07 production)
—iPod/USB adapter introduced as an option (3/07 production)
—Heated steering wheel introduced as an option (3/07 production)
—Silver Grey metallic (A08) paint replaced by Space Grey metallic (A52) paint (3/07 production)
—Monaco Blue metallic (A35) paint introduced (3/07 production)
—Automatic high beam control (high beam assistant) introduced as an option (9/07 production)
—Complete disablement of the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) for E60 M5s with the manual transmission option (9/07 production)
—Updated iDrive controller with fixed buttons (9/08 production)
—Carbon Black metallic (416) paint introduced (9/08 production)
—iDrive 2.0 with hard drive-based navigation (80 GB) system plus larger screen with enhanced 3-D graphics (3/09 production)
—BMW ConnectedDrive internet capability for some ECE-market models (3/09 production)
—BMW EfficientDynamics brake energy regeneration system introduced on some ECE-market models (3/09 production)
—Larger exterior rear-view mirrors (3/09 production)
Drivetrain
What are the characteristics and specifications of the M5's V10 engine?
The M5's V10 powerplant carries the internal designation S85 B50 and was developed by BMW M specifically for the E60/E61 M5 and E63/E64 M6. It is a "clean sheet" design that shares no components in common with earlier motors from BMW M or BMW AG. The decision to switch to a V10 was obviously influenced by BMW M's V10-powered efforts in Formula 1 racing, though it has also been described by BMW's head of engine development as being the outcome of a BMW M's desire for a 5.0-liter motor where each cylinder displaces 500cc.

The following are some of the technical highlights of the S85 V10 motor:
—Aluminum alloy cylinder head with four valves per cylinder
—Two-piece crankcases with bedplate design, die-cast from aluminum-silicon alloy
—Five-bearing forged crankshaft
—Cast aluminum crankshaft weighing approximately 480 grams
—Chain drive for inlet cams, gearwheel drive for exhaust cams
—Individual throttle assemblies for each cylinder actuated by one throttle motor for each cylinder bank
—Lightweight valves and hollow camshafts
—A bore of 92mm and a stroke of 75.2mm (for an overall displacement of 4,999cc)
—12.0:1 compression ratio
—High-Pressure double VANOS variable valve timing system with its own oil pump
—Semi-dry-sump lubrication system with a main pump, recirculating pump and two scavenging pumps (one for each cylinder bank)
—MSS65 engine management system powered by three 32-bit microprocessors capable of 200 million operations per second

The S85 V10 is rated at 507 hp (DIN) / 500 hp (SAE) @ 7,750 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque @ 6,100 rpm. It has a maximum engine speed of 8,250 rpm.
What transmissions were offered on the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
The majority of E60 M5 sedans and all E61 M5 Tourings were equipped with a third-generation Sequential M Gearbox (SMG III) with a single clutch, 11 DRIVELOGIC shift programs (5 in automatic mode, 6 in manual mode) and launch control. Unlike earlier SMG systems used in the E36 M3 (SMG I) and E46 M3 (SMG II), the 7-speed SMG III was developed from scratch to work in concert with the S85 motor and was not adapted from an existing manual gearbox. It is capable of shift times that are 20 percent faster than those of the earlier SMG II transmission. Gear ratios for the SMG III are as follows: 3.99 (1), 2.65 (2), 1.81 (3), 1.39 (4), 1.16 (5), 1.00 (6), 0.83 (7). The final drive ratio is 3.62:1.

Due to market pressure from North American customers, BMW introduced a manual transmission option for E60 M5 sedans sold in the United States and Canada beginning with September, 2006 production. The ZF Type G 6-speed manual gearbox was shared with the E60 550i and carried over to the E60 M5 with the same internal ratios: 4.05 (1), 2.40 (2), 1.58 (3), 1.19 (4), 1.00 (5), 0.87 (6). However, it retained the significantly shorter 3.62:1 final drive from the SMG-equipped M5.
What kind of stability control system is fitted to the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
The E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring are both equipped with an advanced Dynamic Stability Control system jointly developed by Teves and BMW. In addition to being able to reduce engine power and/or apply braking force to any single wheel, this iteration of DSC also incorporates the following upgrades over a similar system used in the earlier E39 M5: Brake Standby (which prepares for hard braking by pressuring the pad up against the rotor when the driver abruptly reduces throttle), Brake Drying (which pressures the pad up against the rotor when the rain sensor detects moisture in order to keep the brake pads dry), and Start-Off Assistant (which holds the brakes for one second after the driver's foot is removed from the brake pedal in uphill conditions). DSC can be completely disabled* or switched into M Dynamic Mode (MDM), which raises the threshold at which the system will engage. The DSC system is designed to work in concert with the standard M Variable Differential Lock.

*NOTE: DSC could not be completely disabled on E60 M5s equipped with the manual gearbox that were produced before September of 2007. However, customers of these early manual-transmission M5s could later request a free software update that enabled the option of complete DSC deactivation.
What function does the "Power" button have?
Every E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring is equipped with a "Power" button located on the center console. This button is used to activate one of three modes. P400 mode limits the engine power to 400 hp and selects the standard throttle response algorithm. This is the default mode that is activated every time the engine is started. P500 mode unleashes the full performance capability of the engine and also quickens the throttle response. P500 Sport mode has no further effect on engine performance but it adds even more lively throttle response. P500 Sport mode is only accessible via the programmable MDrive button on the steering wheel.
What is the M Variable Differential Lock and how does it work?
The Variable M Differential Lock, fitted as standard equipment to every E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring, is an advanced version of the traditional limited slip differential that was jointly developed by BMW M and GKN Viscodrive. Though still entirely mechanical in operation, the M Variable Differential Lock is activated when there is a difference in rotational speed between the two rear wheels. This difference pressurizes a viscous silicon fluid, which then operates a multi-disc clutch that directs more power to the wheel with the greatest traction.
What is MDrive and how does it work?
The E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring were among the first BMW M products to feature MDrive as standard equipment. MDrive allows the driver to customize his or her preferences in the following areas: SMG Drivelogic (11 modes), engine power (two modes), throttle response (three modes), EDC suspension damping (three modes), Servotronic steering response (two modes) and DSC activation (three modes). Further customization is possible on M5s equipped with the optional head-up display and/or active front seats. These preferences can then be set via the iDrive to activate at the single press of an "M" button located on the steering wheel.
Chassis
How does the suspension of the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring differ from that of the standard 5 Series?
The E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring utilize the same basic all-aluminum MacPherson strut/multi-link suspension design as other 5 Series models. However, the suspension has been substantially modified by BMW M GmbH with the following changes:
—Modified front subframe and thrust plate
—Wider front track (by 0.9-inches)
—Revised suspension geometry front and rear
—Stiffer bushings front and rear
—Hollow halfshafts
—Modified rear subframe
—Revised rear suspension links adapted fromt those of the Z8 roadster
—Specific spring rates
—Electronic Damping Control (EDC), which provides constant variation of the shock stiffness depending on road conditions and also allows the driver to choose from three shock programs: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
—26.5mm front anti-roll bar (28mm on E61 M5 Touring)
—18mm rear anti-roll bar (20mm on E61 M5 Touring)
What type of braking system is used by the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
The E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring are equipped with four-wheel vented and cross-drilled disc brakes that measure 14.7-inches in the front and 14.6-inches in the rear. The two-piece rotors are comprised of an aluminum inner hat and a cast iron outer portion that are connected with steel pins. In addition, the front calipers have dual pistons.
What type of steering system is used in the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
The E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring are equipped with a rack-and-pinion steering system with a ratio that varies depending on the amount of lock applied. The mean ratio for the system is 12.4:1.

In addition, the steering is equipped with Servotronic variable power assistance that constantly varies the amount of assist based on vehicle speed. Two different parameters for the overall level of assist are offered, and these are linked to the three Electronic Damping Control (EDC) modes: Greater steering assistance is given when the EDC is set to Comfort mode and less steering assistance is provided in both EDC Normal and EDC Sport.
What are the factory wheel and tire sizes for the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
Both the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring are equipped as standard equipment with a cast M Radial Spoke alloy wheel in a unique design (known as "Style 166M"). These measure 8.5 x 19-inches in front (with 255/40ZR19 tires) and 9.5 x 19-nches in the rear (with 285/35ZR19 tires). Unlike other E60 and E61 models, the tires used on the M5 are of a conventional (non run-flat) construction.

In some markets outside of North America, both the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring were also offered (as an extra-cost option) with the forged and polished "Style 167M" alloy wheels similar to those used on the E63 M6 coupe and E64 M6 convertible. These also measure 8.5 x 19-inches in front and 9.5 x 19-inches in the rear.
Cosmetics
How do the exteriors of the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring differ from those of a standard 5 Series?
Unlike the E39 M5, which was largely indistinguishable from other 5 Series M Sport models, both the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring were given fairly extensive styling revisions by BMW M GmbH. In addition to a totally unique front fascia design, which contains large air intakes in place of fog lights, the front fenders are significantly wider than those of other 5 Series and are fitted with decorative gills that display the "M5" logo. There are also unique rocker panels and M-designed side mirrors (with a black lower portion), as well as a much more aggressive rear bumper design that incorporates a central diffuser and flaps that wrap around each pair of dual exhaust tips. Finally, on the E60 M5 sedan, the area of the trunk lid around the license plate recess is subtly altered and there is a body-color lip spoiler attached to the trunk lid (which could be deleted as a no-cost option).
How do the interiors of the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring differ from those of a standard 5 Series?
The interior of both the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring share their overall design and construction with those of other 5 Series models. However, they do contains the following unique features:
—A 3-spoke M steering wheel measuring 381mm (15.0 inches) in diameter that contains tri-color M stitching on the rim, an "M" button on the right-hand spoke (to select the programmable MDrive mode), and prominent shift paddles (on SMG-equipped cars only)
Special M instrumentation with aluminum bezels, white lighting, red gauge needles, unique instrument graphics (including a graduated 330 kph/200 mph speedometer) and an oil temperature gauge under the tachometer
—Optional M head-up display that projects vehicle speed, engine speed and gear selection (SMG-equipped cars only) on to a 6 x 3-inch field ahead of the driver
—An illuminated central shift console (on SMG-equipped cars only) with extra buttons around the shift lever to control the Power mode, DSC mode, EDC mode and the various DRIVELOGIC shift algorithms
—Extended or complete Merino leather upholstery with available active seat ventilation
Door sill plates bearing the "M5" logo
—M Design driver's footrest
—Anthracite headliner in either cloth or Alcantara
—Three types of M5-specific interior trims (brushed Aluminum Shadow, Madeira Walnut wood or natural Olive Ash wood)
What types of seats were offered in the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
Two different front seat types (both heated) were offered in the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring: standard M sport seats with power-adjustable side bolster width and optional M multifunction sport seats with active lower side bolsters that automatically tighten under lateral loads, active headrests, and independent power adjustment of the upper seat bolster (non-active). A third choice was later introduced as an extra-cost option for some markets beginning with the 2008 model year (3/2007 production): 20-way Comfort front seats with active upper bolsters (only offered in combination with ventilated seats and perforated Merino leather).
What types of leather upholstery were offered in the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
BMW M offered three types of leather upholstery in the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring: extended Merino leather, complete Merino leather and complete Merino perforated leather. Extended Merino leather included leather only on the seats, central door panels (including armrests) and center armrest. It was available in three colors: Black, Silverstone II and Light Sepang Bronze. A complete Merino leather interior was offered as an extra-cost option and, in addition to the leather interior items included with the standard extended leather, added hide to the following areas: upper dashboard (including instrument panel cover), lower dashboard (including glovebox door), upper door panels, lower door panels and entire center console. Comlpete Merino leather was offered in a choice of five colors: Black, Silverstone II, Light Sepang Bronze, Indianapolis Red and Portland Brown. A variation of complete Merino leather with perforations in portions of the front seats was included on all M5s equipped with the available ventilated (cooling) seat option, however this was offered only in Black, Silverstone II and Light Sepang Bronze color choices.
Special Versions
Were there any official special editions of the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
BMW M GmbH produced one official special edition of both the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the M5 range. However, this model should not be confused with the 580-hp E60 M5 CSL, a unique one-off prototype that was also unveiled in honor of the M5's 25th birthday. Equipped with a special 5.5-liter version of the S85 V10 motor mated to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT). the M5 CSL was lighter than a standard M5 by 50 kg (110 pounds) and featured a carbon fiber roof, lightweight racing seats and bold M tri-color striping. It was reportedly 20 seconds faster than a standard E60 M5 around the Nürburgring.
What distinguishes the "25th Anniversary Edition" E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring?
In order to celebrate 25 years of the M5, BMW M GmbH offered a special edition of the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring. Each was painted in matte Frozen Grey paint from the BMW Individual program and also fitted with a special set of door sill plates bearing the inscription "25th Anniversary M5". With the exception of UK-spec examples, which featured a standard Black complete Merino leather interior, the 25th Anniversary Edition M5 was offered with a choice of two unique BMW Individual upholstery configurations: Black complete Merino leather with Light Grey contrast stitching or Bi-Color Black + Silverstone complete Merino leather with Light Grey contrast stitching. Mechanically, however, the cars remained completely unaltered from the standard M5.

A total of 27 examples of the "25th Anniversary Edition" M5 were produced during late November and early December of 2009. The limited edition run was comprised of 13 left-hand drive sedans (eight for Germany and five for Brazil), 11 right-hand drive sedans (ten for Great Britain and one for Australia) and 3 left-hand drive Tourings (two for Germany and one for Switzerland).
Color and Upholstery Selections


The following chart lists all regularly available colors for the E60 M5 sedan and E61 M5 Touring. (NOTE: BMW Individual paints not offered in some markets. Also, Carbon Black metallic offered only via the BWM Individual program prior to 03/2008.)

PAINT NAME CODE GROUPPRODUCTION PERIOD
Alpine White III 300 BMW AG09/2004 through 04/2010
Silver Grey metallic A08 BMW AG09/2004 through 02/2007
Space Grey metallic A52 BMW AG03/2007 through 04/2010
Silverstone II metallic A29 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Interlagos Blue metallic A30 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Indianapolis Red metallic A31 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Sepang Bronze metallic A32 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Monaco Blue metallic A35 BMW AG03/2007 through 04/2010
Black Sapphire metallic 475 BMW AG09/2004 through 04/2010
Carbon Black metallic 416 BMW M05/2005 through 04/2010
Sepia metallic 474 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 03/2007
Brass metallic FQ 95-4472 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 03/2007
Dark Malachite Green metallic S10 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 03/2007
Blue Onyx metallic S11 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 08/2008
Black Opal metallic S12 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 03/2007
Diamond metallic A10 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 03/2007
Ruby Black metallic S23 / X03 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 04/2010
Azurite Black metallic S34 BMW INDIVIDUAL09/2005 through 04/2010
Moonstone metallic S37 / X04 BMW INDIVIDUAL09/2005 through 04/2010
Diopside Black metallic S44 BMW INDIVIDUAL03/2007 through 04/2010
Aventurine Silver metallic S58 BMW INDIVIDUAL09/2007 through 04/2010


The following chart lists regularly available upholsteries for the E60 M5 sedan + E61 M5 Touring. (NOTE: BMW Individual upholsteries not offered in some markets. Also, all BMW Individual upholsteries offered in extended and complete coverages.)

UPHOLSTERY NAME CODE GROUPPRODUCTION PERIOD
Black extended Merino leather LKSW BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Black complete Merino leather X3SW BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Black complete Merino leather (perforated) X2SW BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Light Sepang Bronze extended Merino leather LKA8 BWM M09/2004 through 04/2010
Light Sepang Bronze complete Merino leather X3A8 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Light Sepang Bronze complete Merino leather (perforated) X2A8 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Silverstone II extended Merino leather LKA9 BWM M09/2004 through 04/2010
Silverstone II complete Merino leather X3A9 BWM M09/2004 through 04/2010
Silverstone II complete Merino leather (perforated) X2A9 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Indianapolis Red complete Merino leather X3A7 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Portland Brown complete Merino leather X3B1 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Platinum Merino leather 8020297 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 04/2010
Caramel Merino leather 8022290 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 03/2007
Light Ecru Merino leather 8023282 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 03/2007
Amarone Merino leather 8025168 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 04/2010
Champagne Merino leather 8025169 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 04/2010
Polar Grey Merino leather 8025170 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 04/2010
Syrah Blue Merino leather 8029969 BMW INDIVIDUAL03/2007 through 04/2010
Rust Brown Merino leather 8029970 BMW INDIVIDUAL03/2007 through 04/2010


The following chart lists all regularly available interior trim types for the E60 M5 + E61 M5. (NOTE: BMW Individual interior trims not offered in some markets.)

INTERIOR TRIM NAME CODE GROUPPRODUCTION PERIOD
Bushed Aluminum Shadow 737 BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Chestnut Brown Madeira Walnut 4ME BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Natural Olive Ash 4MK BMW M09/2004 through 04/2010
Amarone Walnut XE1 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 04/2010
Figured Red Brown Eucalyptus XE3 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 04/2010
Piano Black XE7 BMW INDIVIDUAL05/2005 through 04/2010


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