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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-16-2006, 04:32 AM
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2006 M5 Review

WOW, 100 HP at the push of a button , wonder if my dealer will let me test drive the M5

http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/05/15/bmw_m5/index.html
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I'd love to have this car but the What it gets: About 18 mpg in 400-horsepower mode, 10 mpg when kicked up to 500 hp Is not so appealing lol.
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Old 05-16-2006, 06:52 AM
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I'd love to have this car but the What it gets: About 18 mpg in 400-horsepower mode, 10 mpg when kicked up to 500 hp Is not so appealing lol.

yeah at 400hp it will take me 4 gallons to go back and forth to work each day , hhmm, I need a E85fuel car
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I drove one at the 6 Series Driving school. I could feel 500 horses unless I got above 100MPH.

Most people will not notice a difference over a 550 unless they are going very very fast.

The M5/6 do their best over 5000RPM and speeds in excess of 100MPH.

The fuel consumption is a killer too.
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...Most people will not notice a difference over a 550 unless they are going very very fast...
Do you really think so? Thats great news for me because I am thinking of getting a 550 next year, and I can't afford an M5.
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Do you really think so? Thats great news for me because I am thinking of getting a 550 next year, and I can't afford an M5.

If you don't notice the difference, then well...

I notice a huge difference between the current 550 and a 2002 M5, so I imagine the differences from the current model are even more pronounced. BMWs are not run of the mill cars and M5s are not run of the mill BMWs.
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Depends.

M5's lack of low end torque makes it sluggish off the line. I wouldn't be suprised that 550i has better response off the line. Once rolling M5 is a beast because the pull never ends way past triple digit. This is where 550i and M5 differs.

As far as consumption goes. I give credit to CNN.

Even when i took the beast down to Santa Barbara from bay area. Driving as gently as possible in 400HP. I averaged just 17.7 mpg (going between 70 to 75 and always in 7th gear- i will admit that i did race a E39 on the way down for about half mile).

Daily driving in 400HP mode is about 12 to 13 mpg. 500HP mode, I am lucky if i can get it close to 9mpg.
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The fuel consumption is a killer too.
Yep, a majority of my cash last week was spent in one day filling the M6 twice.

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