The only date I suspect (hope) will change is the U.S. sales date. I think it will be Late Spring 2012. Basically within 6 months of the Nov 2011 sales date for the Europeans.Based on their schedule for the E60 M5 I would say:
Concept - Geneva
Production - Frankfort
US Production - Detroit 1/12
US Market Release October 2012
I'd be surprised if I'm more than a few months off based on all we've seen of the development and BMW's history of releasing the E60.
Not entirely true. The E60 M5 appeared in Europe in the summer of 2005. I saw a very early one in Switzerland in July 2005. The M5 came to the U.S. in the winter of 2006 as I recall. So, less than 12 months for the M5. But the M6 took longer to get to the U.S. even though the very early ones also appeared in Europe in 2005.US is quite uniformly 12 months behind European/rest of world release it seems.
And for reference to US deliveries, BMW Manhattan's first customer: http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e6...-e60-m5-beasts-m5board-com-14.html#post616193delivery 22nd of April
silverstone II with black interior
A new beast on the Board
BMW Manhattan - Their first delivery Oct 20/05
Sapphire Black/Portland Brown
Miles on delivery 1.2
For those wondering in US - Gas guzzler $3,700
Automatic is a dog - hopefully that changes when I can start using the paddles.
I took delivery of my 2006 E60 M5 in early Oct 2005 when the first shipments arrived in the US.
First on the list for the new one. I'll be 'babying' this one though - no tracktime since I've got my dedicated race car...:wroom:The only date I suspect (hope) will change is the U.S. sales date. I think it will be Late Spring 2012. Basically within 6 months of the Nov 2011 sales date for the Europeans.
Getting a new one Mike?
The high-pressure VANOS oil line problem was not discovered until later when a significant percentage of new M5s would randomly dump their entire oil wherever they were. Lots of people had their cars towed. There was a recall for the problem. The other big problem (later) was failures of the SMG hydraulic pump where the transmission would lock up and make the car undriveable. This also caused many tows and a later recall. Mine failed at 2:30am on a Sunday morning way out in the country that required a 160 mile tow. The recall came the next day. Ugh!! Teething pains of new M cars.Also, what to take notice of is that the BMW M5 E60 deliveries in Europe and rest of the world excl. USA was delayed I beleive 1-3 months because of a faulty subcontractor, relating to the Vanos line or pumps I beleive so customers did not get the BMW M5 until around early May 2005 (or mid April for the lucky ones) I beleive in Europe.