Feature Flick: New BMW M5 Plays in Swedish Snow

We’ve seen photos, both in concept and spy shot forms, of the upcoming F10 M5 for quite a while. This video clip gives some indication of the driving experience of BMW’s latest performance flagship.
The editors at the British enthusiast publication Evo took the new M5 out on the ice in Sweden. Take a listen to the exhaust note in this clip. It has an unusual exhaust note for a V-8, almost sounding like a four-cylinder, or two four-bangers running in tandem. The only other mainstream V-8s today that employ a flat-plane design are from Ferrari, which gives them a uniquely frenetic, high-pitched sound different from a conventional V-8’s lopey burble. The new M5 has a similar sound.
Around the 2:40–minute mark of the video, the Evo editor Chris Harris notes that it sounds like a flat-plane V-8. BMW had us fooled too, until we found this in-depth technical explanation by our own Jason Cammisa on BMW’s patented exhaust manifold used in the X5 and X6 M.
So, it appears as though the F10 M5’s engine is indeed dual-plane, as a “normal” V-8, but its exhaust plumbing is anything but.
Source: YouTube, Automobile Magazine
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2010 BMW M5

MSRP $85,700 Base Sedan


11 City / 17 Hwy

Horse Power:

500 @ 7750


383 @ 6100