Your questions are a little bit off-kilter (to be polite.)
1) The M5 has never - since it's inception in around '85 - been
available with an automatic.
2) The 5-series has always been a sedan.
If you don't know those basic facts, you're ... (someone will fill this in
with non-flattering words.)
The new M5 - available sometime later this year, will have an
SMG that has automatic shift modes. Perhaps that's what
you're asking (but it's definitely not apparent from your post.)
Of course, if you were in the US, it will be available with a real
manual transmission. ;->
Not at all. I was merely asking if a 4 door 'Sedan yes?' version of
the M5 was made with an automatic gear box. Your interpretation of
what I asked is incorrect so you must be a right (somebody else will
fill is the words here) and should keep quiet when unsure.
If you had (you obviously haven't) been reading here long, you'd know
that *SOME* people here are ambivalent on the use of the term "automatic"
and "SMG" in the same context.
My interpretation was only possible because of your poor writing
skills and/or your failure to include enough context to know to which
model or year M5 to which you were referring.
You know, I was thinking. The 535i has, what 240 HP? The newer
550i - it's actually a 4.8L engine, but BMW is rounding up - has 360 HP
and comes with the Steptronic. Have you tried it? Might be a better
choice - and far less expensive - than the M5.
The reason I was asking when/if M5's were first available with an
automatic gear box is simply because I have to pick an old one as I
cannot afford newer cars. If you had read my OP instead of jumping up
and down with your vast knowledge you would have seen that instantly.
The 4.6/4.8l V8s - E34 B10 4.6 and the E39 B10 V8(4.6)/V8s(4.8) - are
"Switchtronic" auto with wheel mounted manual override only. All the
sixes except the BiTurbo have an auto option too AFAIK though most are
With 340-375bhp a B10 V8(s) gives a big power hike from a 535i and comes
with uprated suspension to help you use it. Many ALPINAs have upgraded
interiors with ALPINA detailing which are very plush.
I like my B10 V8 lots. :)
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