Although the M5’s 4.4-litre V8 engine has a brace of turbochargers that combine to provide 552bhp and a thunderous 502 lb ft of torque. The turbos, plus the high-pressure fuel injectors, ram home fuel and air at such a ferocious rate that even gentle throttle pressures unleash a cataclysmic power surge.
BMW M5 Saloon ride & handling
In comfort mode the M5’s ride quality borders on that of a luxury car. Select the sports setting, and the trick differential, adaptive shock absorbers and beefed up front-suspension struts combine to keep everything glued to the road. Even so, the heavy M5 can feel a bit of a handful when you’re hard on the throttle or hard on the brakes.
BMW M5 Saloon refinement
Those fat tyres generate a fair bit of sizzle, and at 4,000rpm, there’s deepening boom from the battalion of big bore exhausts. Other than that, though, the M5 is an impressively serene cruiser. The dual-clutch gearbox produces electric shifts on full throttle change ups and slick changes when you’re just mooching around using the full auto setting.