2006 BMW M5 Review

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High Gear Media Staff High Gear Media Staff  
November 5, 2005

Every car enthusiast has a dream garage — the four or five vehicles they would have tucked away if money were no object. I bet you already know which car you’d have for the track, the vehicle you’d choose for country drives, the one you’d keep for the daily commute, the car reserved for impressing clients and that last vehicle you’d use for carting the family around.


Sadly, few of us very realize this dream but even if you make that kind of cash, who has the time to drive five vehicles around? What you need is one car that can do it all. What you need is a new BMW M5.

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Stealthy bomber


BMW knows its customers. It knows that M5 buyers could easily afford a Porsche 911 or Maserati Coupe but instead enjoy the stealth factor that comes from owning a super-fast sedan.


For that reason, the M5 isn’t dripping with go-faster add-ons or shod with big, glitzy wheels. There’s a subtle new front fascia, which helps cool the engine and channel air to the brakes, broader front fenders with signature “M” air vents, new rocker panels, and a new rear bumper which houses four modest tailpipes as well as helping control the car’s rear airflow. The rear bumper diffuser works with the new trunklid and tiny rear spoiler to keep the M5 stable at Autobahn speeds without upsetting the styling of the car. The understated package is then rounded off with some tasteful 19-inch wheels and a few small M5 badges here and there. If you’re into automobiles, then there’s no mistaking the new M5, but those who don’t already have a dream garage will think it’s just another 5-Series.

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