While there have been minimal cosmetic changes to the exterior and interior to the 2008 BMW M5, pricing has remained the same as last year at $83,675 including a $775 destination charge. However, these minimal changes mean the world to BMW enthusiasts that are looking for bragging rights. We’ve gone ahead and bolded some changes that, we think, matter.
Oh and its still powered by the amazing 5.0-liter V10 engine producing 500hp with 383 lb-ft. torque that gives it the ability to do 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Exterior: Like the 2008 BMW 5-Series the 2008 BMW M5 gets subtle yet eye-catching enhancements that include a new front air dam with a more pronounced center air intake and reshaped brake air inlets. There are also new optical lenses for the headlights and the lower rear lights feature red lines in their optical lenses while the top rear lights have a white design with fewer reflectors. Two new exterior colors, Space Gray Metallic and Monaco Blue Metallic are now available.
Interior: BMW designers have given the M5 interior more luxury starting with new door panels that include larger door pockets and wood trim along the tops of the doors. The front passenger door handle is wrapped in leather and the location of the door handles has been moved to improve ergonomics. The window buttons are made of a softer material and were moved to the door armrests. Pearl-gloss chrome inserts are now on the radio and temperature controls. The iDrive system now has six programmable memory keys.
Technological: A heated M multi-function steering wheel and soft-close doors are available as stand-alone options as is an iPod/USB Adapter which enables the M5’s audio system to play an MP3 player. It will fully integrate the iPod’s functionality into the audio controls on the multi-function steering wheel as well as charge the iPod. High Definition (HD) radio with multicasting is also an option. HD radio improves the sound quality and allows access to additional radio programming.