Since 1984, four generations of the BMW M5 have delighted driving enthusiasts with a combination of breathtaking performance, stunning agility and elegant luxury to create a unique driving experience. The BMW M5 takes those attributes to an even higher level than its predecessors with new design, new technology and new engineering to create what truly can be considered an intriguing combination of a sports car and a luxury sedan.
For 2007, BMW M has introduced a 6-speed manual transmission for the BMW M5. This no-cost optional transmission has been developed for and will be offered exclusively in the North American market. It is the perfect enhancement for those driving enthusiasts who want to enjoy the 500-horsepower V-10 engine with the level of driver-car interaction only a manual transmission can offer. Of course, as with any M car, the pedals are arranged to provide smooth and quick heel-and-toe downshifting.
The BMW M5 equipped with the manual transmission features the same M Dynamic Mode (MDM) stability system as the Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) car. M Dynamic Mode enables enthusiastic track driving with greater longitudinal and lateral acceleration on dry road surfaces, however, with limited vehicle stability, corrections by the driver may be required. With the M Dynamic Mode activated, stabilizing interventions occur at a reduced level.
Though based on the BMW 5-Series Sedans, the BMW M5 is packed with engineering, technology, design and luxury that are all its own. Like all BMW automobiles bearing the "M" logo, it has been developed by BMW M, the BMW subsidiary for high-performance automobiles. The BMW M5 is produced at BMW's Dingolfing Germany, plant, 60 miles northeast of Munich.
Source: BMW press