A Manual BMW M5 E60 Is The Four-Door V10 Screamer You Want

While the rest of the world hasn’t seen a manual BMW M5 since the E39 days, customers in North America were able to buy one with a stick up until recently.

This is not a perfect world though and despite how much we’d love to see more M5s equipped with three pedals, people just didn’t bought them.

The whole concept of a manual E60 M5 sounds even more awesome these days where everything is turbocharged and automatic and it’s all because of that powertrain: a naturally aspirated 500hp 5.0-litre V10 motorsport-derived engine that can rev up to 8200rpm paired to an old-fashioned six-speed manual gearbox.

Despite the E60 generation not being the prettiest of its family tree, it certainly has its own character, a character that is further boosted by the insane V10 soundtrack. Engines don’t come much more special than this and if an engine ever deserved to burn oil, I guess we can all agree it’s this one.

Matt Farah has a go at a stealthy black example which has covered 123,000 miles at his latest One Take film. Crank up the volume and enjoy.


  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    if an engine ever deserved to burn oil, I guess we can all agree it’s this one.
    BMW and their crappy engines! No wonder people didn’t “bought” them…

    • Dennis James

      You really don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Everything I know, I learned on here.

        • SgtBeavis

          Explains a lot. 😉

  • Able

    “Despite the E60 generation not being the prettiest of its family tree”

    I know a lot of people will disagree but I think the E60 is by far the best looking 5-Series, even the F10 is bland next to it. It’s a BMW that doesn’t look like a BMW, how fantastic!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      That’s what I was going to say! The F10 ain’t got sh#t on the E60.

    • LeftLanePrius

      I do miss the Bangle era. He just had a different perspective in design that I loved.

      • fabri99

        God I miss him too… All the latest BMWs are either tacky and ugly to look at or clones.

    • For me, E60 looks good only with M-style package, without those little M-bits on the front fender it looks like a very well groomed brick… but, everything after that (after Bangle) is pure design boredom, Audi-style of selling sheet metal by the foot.

    • Dennis James

      I have to agree here. The F10 is too “conservative”, nowadays when I see an E60 I really appreciate the different looks. Chris Bangle was well ahead of his time, he was not understood well back then 🙂

  • fabri99

    This is the perfect sports sedan. Amazing looks (or, for non Bangle-lovers, original), breathtaking engine and great performance. It has just the right amount of power, it makes a wonderful noise and it goes like hell. It has a V10 for christ’s sake!

  • SteersUright

    Intrigued by this cars combo of relative low price due to excessive depreciation and great performance. But i’ve read that these are not reliable engines/cars and things can add up quickly and significantly. After my experience with a 2010 CPO’d 335i M sport and how often it had issues (like air intake tubes that kept breaking, seat belt extenders that never worked consistently,and power fluctuations due to carbon buildup on intake valves, etc.) which were deemed, “wear and tear” under CPO, I don’t trust these cars long-term. Too complicated to just turn a wrench on, unless you pick up older generation BMW’s.

  • SgtBeavis

    My neighbor got one. It is a beautiful sound to listen to. I am jelly…

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