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2010 BMW M5 Overview
The BMW M5's big, beefy V10 engine bites the dust for 2010, replaced by a (slightly) more fuel-efficient turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. Similar changes are occurring up and down BMW's prodigious lineup, as the automaker makes essential shifts in an effort to create more fuel-efficient engines that continue to deliver dynamic performance. The 2010 BMW M5 also receives a few exterior updates, as well as new standard features. HD Radio, for instance, comes standard for 2010.
Based on the BMW 5 Series sedans, the performance-oriented, rear-wheel-drive M5 comes equipped with a number of high-tech and F1-racer features, such as an all-season traction control system with an M Variable Differential Lock, which transmits drive power to individual wheels, depending on road conditions, to ensure optimal traction. The M5's vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering links to the M Driving Dynamics Control system, which enables drivers to switch to sport-oriented steering by pushing the M Drive button located on the steering wheel. The system also controls the M5's sport-tuned suspension, which has four driver-selectable ride modes, from Performance to Comfort. The M5 rides on 19-inch light-case alloy wheels with performance tires.
The M5's xenon adaptive headlights have an auto-leveling feature and illuminating rings around all four headlights. An M front spoiler, wraparound body-color bumpers with energy absorbers, and twin dual chrome-plated tailpipes give the M5 a sporty exterior appearance, while heated side-view mirrors with auto dimming, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a headlight washing system add style points as well as functionality.
Inside, performance features give way to luxury appointments. Merino leather upholstery comes standard, while the M Sport heated front seats feature 18-way power adjustment, side bolsters, four-way lumbar support, two-way thigh support, and a two-setting memory system. A two-way power glass moonroof, M multi-function leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, on-board computer, keyless remote entry, Bluetooth wireless technology, and navigation system with an 8.8-inch screen and real-time traffic information also come standard.
In addition, the M5 comes equipped with BMW's updated iDrive system, which includes a turn-and-push vehicle control dial located on the center console. With a few turns and pushes of the dial, drivers can manage the M5's climate control, audio, navigation, and communications systems. A 13-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player and MP3 capabilities also comes standard. Safety features include front-door-mounted side-impact airbags and advanced front airbags.
Rob has been a contributor to CarGurus since 2007, and an automotive test-driver and writer since the early ’90s. He’s test-driven everything from BMWs and Jags to Bentleys and Saabs, with an occasional Range Rover, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini thrown in. He also created the annual Car of the Year and Exotic Car of the Year awards for Robb Report magazine. He currently resides in Florida.