BMW’s taste for performance really knows no bounds. The German automaker has time and again taken some of their high-powered performance cars and given them that race car feel normally accustomed for cars that really are made for racing.
But such is the case when you have a company with the drive and passion of BMW. Nothing’s left to chance, and when there’s an opportunity for improvement, it’s the first one out the door and working on the garage.
The company’s latest line of M Performance Accessories for the BMW M5 is proof of that.
Just like the similar M Performance package for the M6, the M5 received a steady dose of exterior upgrades, beginning with the unmistakable red and blue body stripes, which goes really well with the gloss black grille and the Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that neatly weighs just 10kg (22 lbs), lighter even than the standard model’s exhaust. Carbon fiber components are also part of the package and you can see them neatly distributed throughout the sedan with the prominent ones, including the rear spoiler, mirror caps, and the rear diffuser.
Moving inside, customers can choose from a wide range of dress-up options, highlighted, at least in our eyes, by a carbon fiber trim. There are also leather and Alcantara treatments, particularly the steering wheel, as well as stainless steel pedals and BMW M Performance floor mats.
Notwithstanding all the things we love about the BMW M5, this Performace Accessories package really does give BMW’s sports sedan that added shine, doesn’t it?
Surprising as it was to see BMW offer a revised BMW M5 only a few years after the current generation model debuted, you won’t see any complaints from us.
Apparently, the company wants to keep the M5 as fresh as all the other models in the 5 Series lineup so more power to them.
M Performance Accessories - Styling Detail
M Performance Accessories - Styling Detail
Just like in the standard version, the M5 is going to receive only minor revisions on the front and rear. BMW will add in updated headlights and a new kidney grille, a new rear bumper and new graphics for the taillights.
The M5 does retain its 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, good enough to rocket from 0-60 mph in around 4.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 190 mph.
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With his new company car fitted with BMW M Performance accessories, DTM factory driver Martin Tomczyk drives the racing line in everyday life as well – extensive range of retrofit products available for the models BMW M5, BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe.
Munich. In-depth expertise, a keen awareness of detail and meticulous fine-tuning work make all the difference on the racetrack – and now enable BMW factory driver Martin Tomczyk to experience that special racing feel on the road as well. At the German Touring Car Masters (DTM), Tomczyk drives the BMW M Performance Accessories M3 DTM, but is now out and about off the racetrack in a BMW M6 Gran Coupe. Also, as far as his new company car is concerned, the 2011 DTM champion from Rosenheim has left nothing to chance and with the precision of a professional racing driver has adapted the high-performance sports car developed by the BMW M GmbH to suit his own personal style and to deliver outstanding performance.
He found the ideal possibilities to do this in the range of BMW M Performance accessories for the models BMW M5, BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe now available in combinations designed exclusively for each specific model.
In a workshop located on the premises of the BMW Munich plant, Tomczyk actively helped to transform the exclusive high-performance automobile into an individually configured, one-of-a-kind car. The components he chose also include the BMW M Performance exhaust silencer system.
This sports exhaust system, which was developed by the BMW M GmbH in collaboration with the company Akrapovi? and is made completely from titanium, is offered both for the BMW M5 and for all variants of the BMW M6, enhancing even further the characteristic sound of the 412 kW/560 hp high-revving V8 power unit. The company Akrapovi?, also official partner of BMW Motorsport, is one of the leading manufacturers of titanium exhaust systems. Thanks to the use of this material, the BMW M Performance exhaust silencer system is exceptionally heat-proof, corrosion-resistant and light. The reduction in weight compared to the series produced exhaust system amounts to more than 10 kilograms.
With the perforated inner pipes of the titanium tailpipe trims, the sports exhaust system also sets a visual accent on both sides of the rear apron. Speaking of rear views: Those who get to see the double tailpipe of Tomczyk’s M6 Gran Coupe can also catch a glimpse of the BMW M Performance carbon rear spoiler and the BMW M Performance carbon rear diffuser.
The unmistakable look of the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which is finished in the colour Frozen Black metallic, is completed by BMW M Performance front and rear strips. “Really cool,” says the 2011 DTM champion when commenting on the result of the individualisation. “The BMW M6 really does have tremendous power,” Tomczyk adds, “and with BMW M Performance accessories, its outstanding sportiness is expressed even more intensively.”
The superior qualities of the retrofit components from the range of BMW M Performance accessories are a result of BMW M’s many years of experience in motorsports that flows into the development and harmonisation of all products. They fulfil the demands of ambitious BMW drivers who not only enjoy a motor racing feel on the road, but also the dynamic potential of their vehicle when driving on the racetrack. A striking example of this is the BMW M Performance Alcantara leather steering wheel and the race display also fitted in Martin Tomczyk’s BMW M6 Gran Coupe. On the display integrated into the top centre of the steering wheel rim, the DTM pilot is now provided, inter alia, with gear shift information as well as lateral and longitudinal acceleration values. Moreover, lap times in minutes, seconds and hundredths of a second can be displayed and saved.
Furthermore, the range of BMW Performance cockpit accessories includes a carbon trim for the gear selector switch of the double clutch transmission, carbon interior trims, stainless steel pedals as well as BMW M Performance floor mats. The exterior of the models BMW M5, BMW M6 Coupe, BMW M6 Convertible and BMW M6 Gran Coupe can be additionally individualised by carbon exterior mirror caps, a BMW M Performance high-gloss black front grille as well as BMW M Performance foils designed exclusively for each specific model.
The original BMW accessory range now also includes the M carbon-ceramic brake system, exclusively designed for the most powerful BMW M GmbH models and previously also available ex works. The system’s brake discs made of carbon fibre composite ceramic are characterised by even higher heat resistance, low weight and exceptionally high resistance to wear. M carbon-ceramic brakes are offered in conjunction with 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and feature brake discs with a diameter of 410 millimetres on the front axle and 396 millimetres on the rear axle. Deceleration forces are transferred by a combination of 6-piston, fixed calliper brakes at the front and single-piston, floating calliper brakes at the rear. The M carbon-ceramic brake system weighs 19.4 kilograms less than the series production version. The reduction in unsprung masses in conjunction with further enhanced deceleration values, which also remain constant under the highest loads, make an additional contribution towards the outstandingly precise and agile handling of this high-performance sports car. The exceptionally accurate control of the braking effect is also clearly noticeable and the specific appearance of the brake callipers boasting a gold-coloured finish and an M logo is immediately recognisable.
All products of the BMW M Performance programme as well as the original BMW accessory range conform to the outstandingly high standards of the BMW Group in terms of design, quality and safety and are subject to the comprehensive BMW conditions of warranty. Likewise, retrofitting of these products has no effect whatsoever on the conditions of warranty applicable to each vehicle. Sales and installation work are carried out by the BMW and BMW M dealer network, BMW branches and BMW service partners.