The BMW M5 delivers truly epic performance, yet it has the ability to carry four people in sumptuous luxury.
It always feels like a big car, while the asking price and the running costs are every bit as scary as the performance.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
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.
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.
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.