One thing I didn't reckon on when I bought my M5 earlier this year was the number of admirers. Whether waiting at lights, on the motorway or parked, it always gets looked at. The brave usually comment on the size of the brake discs, which because of the 21" M Sport 525 wheel option, show them off and they are indeed large. I was perhaps under the misapprehension that the car was a little understated, alas not. Purists will claim this car isn't quite what the E60 M5 was. Having owned both now, the F10 is crushingly better. Firstly, fuel consumption, driven hard the car averages above 18mpg, driven progressively about 22-24, driven like a vicar on a Sunday drive; 28mpg. The previous generation, regardless of driving style averaged 12mpg. The interior on the F10 is more luxurious and with plenty more technology. The gearbox crushes the E60's awful SMG box. Even driven in auto, the car responds to slow town driving as well as it does to a more aggressive overtaking manoeuvre. The only area the E60 has the upper hand is the engine note and noise. The F10 is a civilised car, it needs to be prodded to become noisy and aggressive, whereas the E60 was always noisy. The F10 can sound superb. When driven correctly and with the sport mode activated, the baffles in the exhaust open and the whole car can reverberated with the engine note. Finally, hugely fast, forget the 4.4 official, this can easily achieve a 3.7 0-60. A simply fantastic car.
Chris Laythorpe, June 27th 2014