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2015 BMW M5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/29/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 BMW M5 gains standard satellite radio and hands-free keyless access. Enhanced USB and Bluetooth plus smartphone integration is now a stand-alone option. Full LED headlights are included in the Executive Package, and the Lighting package is no longer available. The price for the night vision feature has decreased from $2,600 to $2,300. A new exterior color, Jatoba Metallic, is available.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 BMW M5 is the high-performance variant of the 5 Series sedan and comes equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with 560 hp (575 hp with the Competition Package) and 500 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy isn't a strong point at 15/22 mpg city/highway with the manual and 14/20 mpg with the automatic.


The M5 delivers impressive acceleration — its powerful twin-turbo V-8 provides gobs of torque from low revs. Ride and handling have also improved thanks to the car's adjustable suspension, which allows the driver to alter the way it drives. Interior space is generous. The car shares the same platform as the 7 Series, allowing for roomier back seats. The 14-cubic foot trunk expands when the split-folding rear seatbacks are down.

In IIHS evaluations, the 5 Series on which is the car the M5 is based earned a Good rating in three categories and Marginal in the small overlap front test. (Good is the highest possible score.)

What We Think

The BMW M5 remains a good sports sedan with great performance and handling for a car that weighs more than two tons. However, in a comparison test against the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S, the M5 lost because it didn't instill the same level of confidence as its competitor, and it felt more like a luxury car than a performance machine even with the Competition Package. The car's refinement is a strong point. We noted in a 2012 First Drive that little noise enters the cabin, which has plenty of available luxury amenities.

You'll Like

  • Strong acceleration
  • Good ride and handling
  • Refined interior

You Won't Like

  • Too many adjustments for the transmission, steering, suspension and throttle response
  • Ride becomes overly stiff in Sport Plus mode
  • Steering is unnaturally heavy

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S
  • Jaguar XFR-S
  • Audi RS 7
  • Porsche Panamera Turbo
  • Cadillac CTS-V


3 star


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