Brief History of BMW M5 & M6
The M cars, short for “Motorsport” or M-Technik, were initially designed for BMW racing in the 1960s and 1970s. BMW vehicles sold to the public started to be available with the M badge, denoting a higher trim model that included increased engine performance, enhanced suspension and aerodynamics plus interior and exterior modifications. The first M badged BMW for the public was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1978. At first, the M badged cars were more suitable for the racetrack than for the casual driver, but as time went on, they evolved into higher performance versions of the 3,5, and 6 series models.
The M5 & M6 Today
Today, the M5 claims to be the most ferocious sports sedan of all time. It has always been prized for its awesome power, sheathed in an understated, athletic body. The M5 retains its distinctive M styling cues: aerodynamically designed side mirrors, rear diffuser, and four chrome-plated tailpipes – all hallmarks of its Motorsport origins. The M5′s V-10 engine has an astonishingly high 8250 rpm redline. At 7750 rpm, it delivers 500 horsepower. Throttle response is available almost instantaneously, with 383 lb-ft of maximum torque at 6100 rpm. Mated to a 7-speed SMG or 6-speed manual transmission, agile M suspension and massive brakes, again, the M5 was designed to be the most dominant sports sedan in the world.
The M6, available in both coupe and convertible body styles, is the racy version of the 6 Series. It is a powerful mix of sport and luxury; the embodiment of confidence in one spectacular vehicle. Marvel at its mastery of the open road, as it accelerates quickly, effortlessly from standstill to the speed limit, emitting a deep, feral roar. The M6′s performance is bolstered by a high-revving 5.0-liter V-10 capable of heart-stopping acceleration seldom seen outside racing circles. Or savor its demeanor in everyday traffic: creamy-smooth, like cool jazz. Credit the engine, which reaches the magic number of 100 horsepower per liter. With 500 horsepower at 7750 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 6100 rpm, topping out at an astounding 8250 rpm, it’s capable of freeing your own capacity for exhilaration.
M5 & M6 Models
The M5 & M6 Engine
5.0-liter, V-10 engine
17 mpg hwy
M5 & M6 Accolades
“Fantastic V10, high handling limits, supple ride, pleasant new iDrive system, sublime front seats.”
“Edmunds editors have found the performance of the BMW M6 to be simply intoxicating. The sounds emanating from the V10 power plant are like nothing else available to consumers. The M6 convertible only adds to the aural pleasure. With the sun and sky overhead, the song of an F1-inspired V10 in your ear and 500 hp underfoot, life just doesn’t get much better for an automotive enthusiast.”