2006 BMW M5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 BMW M5 - Road Test Specs

2006 BMW M5 Sedan

(5.0L V10 7-speed Automated Manual)


Model year2006
Base MSRP$81,895
As-tested MSRPN/A


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV10
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)383 lb-ft
Transmission typeSequential Manual Gearbox


Suspension, frontMacPherson struts
Suspension, rearLower control arm with two upper lateral links
Steering typeVariable ratio rack and pinion
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelSportContact2
Tire size, front255/40ZR-19
Tire size, rear285/35ZR-19
Brakes, frontFour wheel disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.6
0-60 mph (sec.)4.8
0-75 mph (sec.)6.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.8 @ 115.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)112
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.20
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g).84g
Sound level @ idle (dB)53.5
@ Full throttle (dB)80.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLaunching this car is exercise in throttle modulation: mash it and you'll get massive wheelspin. Be too subtle and you'll creep off the line. Proper technique is a result of trial and error. A six-speed manual would be far easier for and experienced driver.Quickest runs made in S6 with DSC switched off.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsThere's little technique involved in stopping this big sedan. As with all ABS systems stopping distance is mostly a matter of grip. Be prepared for marginal fade after several hard stops from above 80 mph.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsVery little stands out here either. Aside from massive grip, the M5 is textbook rear-wheel drive. Powerslides are fairly easy with DSC off. Just be sure you know which paddle to grab if you need to shift midslide. It's not as easy to figure out when the steering wheel is upside down.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1100 feet
Temperature (°F)54 degrees
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)12 City 18 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)13.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4012
Length (in.)191.5 in.
Width (in.)72.7 in.
Height (in.)57.8 in.
Wheelbase (in.)113.7 in.
Legroom, front (in.)41.5 in.
Legroom, rear (in.)36.0 in.
Headroom, front (in.)37.7 in.
Headroom, rear (in.)37.8 in.
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.0 cubic feet
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)99.1 cubic feet


Bumper-to-bumper4-year/ 50,000-mile
Powertrain4-year/ 50,000-mile
Corrosion12-year/unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance4-year/ 50,000-mile
Free scheduled maintenanceFree maintenance for 4 years/ 50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard front/ optional rear
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brake proportioning, cornering/braking stability enhancement
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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