An astonishingly powerful, blisteringly fast and extremely rare V10 5.0 litre BMW M5 Touring.
This particular example was also a BMW press car, as featured in Autocar and represented the flagship model of BMW M Motorsport engineering.
At a glance:
- 2007 BMW M5 Touring
- 5.0 litre V10 with 7 speed SMG III paddle shift automated manual gearbox
- 500 BHP achieving 0-60 in 4.8 seconds
- Original press demonstrator car - featured in many publications including 2007 Autocar road test with Chris Harris of Top Gear
- Stunning Indianapolis Red bodywork
- Merino Sepang Bronze leather interior in exceptionally good condition
- All available optional factory extras
- Totally original and unmodified
- 86,917 miles
- Full service history and will have a fresh 12,000 mile service before sale
- MOT to 10th April 2021
- HPI Clear
- Private ageless numberplate included
The BMW M5 is a high performance variant of the BMW 5 Series marketed under the BMW M brand. M5 models have been produced for every generation of the 5 Series since 1985 and are considered truly iconic vehicles. The majority of M5's were produced in the saloon body style, however in Europe the M5 was also available as the Touring (estate) from 1992–1995 and 2006–2010. The E60 and E61 M5 was introduced in 2005, designed by Karl John Elmitt and Davide Arcangeli and produced at the BMW plant Dingolfing in Germany, with a V10 engine and 7-speed transmission linking the car with the BMW Sauber Formula One program. The E60 M5 was the world's first production saloon to use a V10 petrol engine. The E60 M5 was the fastest 4-door saloon available at the time of its introduction, recording a Nurburgring lap time of 8:13, and a Top Gear Power Lap time of 1:26.2. Upgrades over the standard 5 Series models include a wider track, unique body panels, heads up display featuring navigation, control messages, speed, rpm and gear selection information, automated seat side bolsters, heated/ventilated seats and power rear curtain. The larger, flared front guards on either side also featured cooling vents, reminiscent of the 1970s BMW CSL. The wheels were of a standard 19-inch diameter and the car featured quad exhaust pipes at the rear. During its five-year production run, 20,548 units were built composing of 19,523 saloons and only 1,025 Touring estates. The biggest market was the United States with 8,800 cars (all saloons), followed by Great Britain and Ireland with 1,776 cars and Germany with 1,647 cars.
The history of this car:
The car was first registered on the 10th April 2007 and was originally a BMW demonstrator press car. This particular car was used in the Autocar feature in May 2007, put through its paces by Chris Harris of Top Gear fame. There is a copy of the magazine review which accompanies the car. The current owner met Chris Harris subsequently, and apparently he remembers this particular car and was full of praise for it.
the E61 M5 Touring is a seriously practical car; a five door estate which can be used every day, coupled with supercar performance, plus the impressive top specification on this particular model. The cabin features electrically adjustable, heated front seats with lumbar support, heated rear seats, USB-/audio interface, Head Up Display, Professional Navigation System, Panoramic Glass Roof, DAB Tuner, a 6-CD Changer, Automatic Air Conditioning and the Isofix attachment for those with childseats. While driving, the spec list includes Adaptive Headlight Xenons with Headlight Washer System, Park Distance Control, and Cruise Control, with the car’s added benefit of that smooth Automatic Tailgate Operation. The press cars tended to be fitted with every possible option - as this particular car was used by BMW to impress the journalists in order to convey this car's excellence to the general public, to encourage them to rush out and buy an iconic M5.
The E61 M5 is fitted with the 5.0, S85 V10 powerplant, twinned with a 7-speed sequential M gearbox that was designed specifically to go with it. Rated at 507 hp (DIN) / 500 hp (SAE) @ 7,750 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque @ 6,100 rpm. The S85 was exclusively used in the E60 M5 (and related E63/E64 M6) and is not based on any other engine. This powerhouse pulls with some serious muscle, with the added fun of the centre console “Power” button offering three driver-selectable engine modes: P400, P500 and P500 S. P400, the default start-up mode, limits the engine to 294 kW (394 bhp). P500 increases power to the full 373 kW (500 bhp). The P500 S mode also has 373 kW and has more sensitive throttle response. P500 S mode unleashes the full effect of that impressive V10 for the bravest amongst us. The E61 is also fitted with the Launch Control function that can be activated giving maximum traction for the best possible standing start.
The M5 uses the "SMG III" 7-speed single-clutch electrohydraulic manual transmission, that performs gear shift in 65 milliseconds. The SMG III includes launch control, a hill holder, shift-lock avoidance (by briefly disengaging the clutch during downshifts) and an automatic shift mode. Some reviews have observed the automatic mode of the transmission at low or frequent stop start speeds as being less smooth than that of a conventional automatic transmission. But in the same way, if you went pony-trekking with a racehorse, you wouldn't expect a user friendly softly-softly experience. Personally I'm all in favour of being reminded you are piloting a thoroughbred, high-performance machine.
Only 1,025 BMW M5 Touring units were built for worldwide distribution since the five-door's release in 2007, making this an exceptionally rare car in the UK. According to online sources, at the end of 2018 there were only 109 M5 Touring models still taxed on UK roads, making this car increasingly rare and desirable and likely to become a future classic in its own right.
This car has covered 86,917 miles - and average of just over 7,200 miles per year verified by the service and MOT history - but it looks and drives like it has covered only 20k miles. The condition is truly exceptional.
On the Road:
These M5 models drive exceptionally well which is testament to their superb build quality and high price tag when new. The car starts swiftly without hesitation with the ominous 'whoomph' of the V10 engine. The car has a very solid Germanic feel and is very engaging to drive, with endless power and torque available. It’s a very pleasing experience driving a car of this quality, coupled with immense power, on either short or long journeys. It can be driven sensibly, just like a normal 5 Series, but when pressed into action, the acceleration of this car is brutal, raucous and highly addictive. You'd expect the M5 to feel like piloting a large estate, but it disguises its size very well and really is a proper sports orientated supercar-tourer. Performance is strong, electronically limited to a 155mph top speed, although the rest to 60mph time is a 'blink and you'll miss it' 4.8 seconds. The designers of the M5's suspension obviously had no regard for the laws of physics as the car can be hustled around like a sporty BMW 3 Series. Through sweeping corners the M5 remains uncannily flat, which means, should you feel the urge for some 'spirited' driving, it handles like a car half the size and weight. Motive force from the super-smooth V10 powerplant is reassuringly obscene, and the M5 will sprint to 60mph in a flash, whilst the utterly composed body control giving the distinct impression that the car is stationary and the huge tyres are dragging the road beneath the car like a conveyor belt...
This car is being sold on behalf of a client. He has an extensive and varied car collection including M5s, Alpinas, 911s and other notable iconic cars. He is downsizing his collection due to relocation, otherwise he would be keen to retain it. He is extremely passionate about this M5 and when I quizzed him for his top 5 reasons why he loves this car so much, he noted:
The provenance of being a BMW press car - driven, appraised and enjoyed by notable motoring journalists.
The way it looks; the stunning mix of the muscular styling in rare Indianapolis Red with Merino Sepang Bronze leather interior.
It makes every journey feel special. Because it's such a performance orientated vehicle you have to keep your wits about you, but it makes driving into an art form.
It's wild... A normally aspirated V10, limited to 155mph but theoretically capable of 200mph... It's an absolute rocket ship - possibly the finest and most iconic supercar estate money can buy.
Rarity and exclusivity - I hope and expect to never bump into another coming the other way. And in the unlikely event that I ever did, I expect that one blink and I'd miss it..!
Sold with MOT until 20th April 2021.
As can be seen from the photographs the car is in truly exemplary condition. The interior is as new with no significant wear. The leather is in amazing condition for the age of the car, clean and virtually unmarked. The exterior is in exceptionally good condition too, for the age and mileage, and it is clear that this car has been well looked after. It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any car, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this awesome M5.
The original price of these cars was actually quite good value for money at £67,075 reflecting high build costs and the over engineering which is synonymous with BMW M's reputation for quality. These M5s are exceptionally good value now, as have already endured the bulk of depreciation, and prices had dropped, but now appear to be on the rise and look likely to increase further in value in years to come as these iconic M5 become modern classics. If you are aware of how the earlier M3 and M5 models are rising in value, it could be that the E61 will do the same, particularly with the Touring model due to the scarcity. This is a great opportunity to purchase a true thoroughbred BMW M5 at a fraction of the new price. You do sometimes see scruffy, high mileage, used and abused, unloved M5s for less, but the price of one bill on inferior car can make any initial saving a false economy. In my experience it's better to pay a little more for the best example you can find.
If you're looking for something unobtrusive that will proclaim your effortless good taste to all and sundry, the M5 is an ideal solution. If you want a car that can cross continents at lightning speed in the utmost comfort whilst leaving every other road user in the rear view mirror, the M5 Touring is perfect. Anything else will seem positively sluggish and utterly primitive. This really is an astonishing car; hugely powerful, coupled with superb traction, sublime ride quality and the ultimate luxury interior, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. I really love the condition, immaculate interior and extremely smooth drive of this particular car. Regrettably I can’t keep all of the cars I deal with, but if I could put just a few into storage to appreciate for the next 10 years, this would be one of them...