With a twin turbo V8, the F10 M5 is now a colossal bargain.
In 2010, BMW killed off the E60 M5 with the wonderful 5.0-liter V10 engine. After going with a V10 in the E60 generation, everyone wondered how BMW could possibly top the 500 horsepower that was generated by that car. The answer was turbocharging. At first, people were enraged at the thought that the new F10 M5 would come with a smaller, V8 engine with turbochargers. That was until they saw it. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 in the F10 M5 produces 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque.
Both of these numbers were massive improvements over the V10 and not far off supercars like the Ferrari 458 Italia. Richard Hammond tested the new M5 on Top Gear, and we could clearly see how much better the new car was.
Back in 2013, the BMW M5 had a base price of $92,000. Now, you can find mid-mileage examples with around 50,000-60,000 miles on the clock for less than $50,000. With the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the M5 could hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 12 seconds flat. Not bad for a 4,300 pound sedan. In the US, you could also opt for a slower, six-speed manual transmission which hurt acceleration numbers. The manual M5 is much harder to find, but you can still get one for less than $50,000. Unfortunately, none of the M5s that we found under the budget are certified-preowned, so unless you get an aftermarket warranty, you are on the hook for repair bills.
If a higher mileage M5 scares you, we did manage to find a 2013 model with a staggeringly low 20,000 miles on it for $49,999 for sale in California. The M5 was a fully loaded sedan that comes with tons of bells and whistles. For less than $50,000, you will be treated to heated and ventilated seats, navigation, automatic closing trunk lid, backup camera, keyless access, and many other niceties. What's more, the M5 will keep you in comfort and on the tail of most supercars the next time you leave Cars and Coffee. For less than $50,000, the F10 M5 represents modern supercar and luxury car performance all rolled into one car. It might be the best value we have ever shown in our $50,000 supercar segment.