Uber sports sedan mixes supercar and limousine and shows what BMW can do when it feels like it
WHEN eager suitors grab a handful they’ll often earn a smack in the mouth.
The analogy also applies to BMW’s M5.
The big Beemer mixes nearsupercar performance with limousine-style comfort to be one of the quickest five-seat sedans on the market.
Just don’t expect to mistreat it without provoking a serious reaction.
At $229,900 the M5 is a stealth missile. Mercedes-Benz’s E63 AMG S is quicker to 100km/h but it is also $249,545. The $20K difference is a few option boxes in this elevated level of prestige performance motoring but it still means the Beemer earns the initial points.
Standard equipment includes lane-change warning software that vibrates the wheel if the driver veers over the white line, 16-speaker HarmanKardon sound system, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, fourzone aircon and sunroof.
The 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 is mated to a seven-speed dualclutch auto.
A raft of driver-adjustable settings for steering, accelerator and suspension damping inputs keep the M5 hammering no matter the road or meteorological conditions.
The competition package is now standard as part of the midlife update, meaning 423kW/680Nm is just waiting to erupt.
The head-up display is a multicoloured ready-reckoner that enables the driver to keep both eyes on the road ahead. It shows speed, warning symbols and satnav-directed turns in an instantaneously recognisable format that only the befuddled or inept can fail to recognise.
Overt menace isn’t the M5’s forte. It sports a pair of catingesting front air ducts and a discreet M5 badge on the vented front quarter panel, along with arch-filling 20inch wheels and a subtle side-spoiler kit.