If you’re looking for a V10-powered family vehicle, your options are very, very limited. In fact, if you need a practical everyday vehicle in the form of a station wagon, you’ll basically have to choose between an Audi RS6 (2008-2010) and a BMW M5 (E60/E61).
They are two very powerful extended-roof family vehicles, equipped with two of the craziest combustion engines of recent years. And today we are talking about the second of the two.
The M5 (E60/E61) is still considered by many BMW enthusiasts to be one of the greatest machines ever built by the Bavarian firm. There’s only one problem, though: the seven-speed SMG single-clutch automated manual transmission. It’s the weak link in the equation that could never keep pace with the high-revving V10, killing a lot of fun and performance. However, there is always a solution: just replace the seven-speed gearbox with a classic six-speed manual gearbox.
But there is another problem. The three-pedal box was only available in North America, while the station wagon body was sold exclusively in Europe. What if someone wants a station wagon with a manual transmission? The EverythingM3s (UK) team comes to the rescue by providing all its know-how on the most efficient BMWs. One of his latest projects meets exactly the criteria mentioned above: a V10 under the hood, a station wagon body, and three pedals under the steering wheel.
The white M5 Touring shown in the video at the top of this page will soon be shipped to its new owner in Hong Kong, but the chain Supercar Driver on YouTube got exclusive access for a day at the wheel. We won’t tell you how much fun you’re going to have, but we’ll just tell you that the car is absolutely amazing in the corners, judging by the driver’s reactions. The normally aspirated engine, on the other hand, is a real blast from a time when the rev limiter was much higher than on the majority of modern cars.