California Highways and roads are not known for being friendly to a car’s suspension and well being. Come to think of it, driving on our unmaintained roads at the speed limit can be downright dangerous at times. It’s in my opinion that the ultimate form of safety is active safety. Whereas an SUV will provide you with passive safety and will protect its passengers in a collision, a strong sporty car will avoid that accident altogether.BMW has been the ultimate sedan of choice for providing control of the road for car and driver. And with the re-introduction of the M5 and M6 sedan and coupe to US shores, that BMW handling and reassurance that comes with the brand is available to you.
With a base price of around $90,000, the new M5/6 isn’t for the feint of heart and wallett. With that hefty price tag comes a V8 twin scroll turbocharged engine pumping out 560 horsepower and 500 lb/ft of torque. To achieve this feat, the catalytic converters and turbochargers lie within the V-Configuration allowing for fast heat up times for the catalytic converters as well as shorter running lengths and increased diameter tubing for the exhaust and intake, increasing power. In addition throttle response and turbo lag have been reduced by narrowing the inlets for the twin scroll turbochargers and synchronizing exhaust patterns to allow seamless power delivery from exhaust to turbocharger. Plus with BMW’s Valvetronic technology and Double VANOS infinitely-variable valve timing system and BMW’s characteristic power at high revolution’s is surprisingly powerful and linear.
Along with the high revving engine, comes a host of electronic aids that help and assist the driver negotiate roads. Dynamic Damper control uses ses electro-hydraulic damping force adjustment for adjustable suspension tuning on the fly. Even steering has 3 setting from comfort, sport and sport plus sharpening turning and assisting the driver. And finally, Dynamic Stability control also has 3 settings that control levels of how much the car intervenes with driving from full comfort, to track and complete shutting off for complete deactivation.
An option to the 7 speed dual clutch paddle shifted manual transmission at no extra charge is a 6 speed manual optimized to handle the extra power and torque. BMW saw this regular 6 speed manual as a popular option for their market and made it a unique offer for this segment. Ultimately, this option is for the M purists.
The exterior styling is muscular and athletic with a bulge on the front hood allowing for fitment of the massive V8. Also in the front is a widened front fascia housing 3 separate intake tracts. In the rear, there’s an underbody diffuser improving aerodynamics and accentuating the twin exhausts, characteristic to the M series. Uptop you’ll notice an all carbon fiber roof, reducing weight and adding a sporty touch. Inside, it’s all leather with aluminium accents along the door sills.
In Fresno, check out Weber BMW to see if these 2 cars have arrived at there showrooms. You can find them at 7171 North Palm Avenue and you can phone them at (559) 447-6700. Additionally if you don’t feel like phoning them, hit up their website at WeberBMW.com.