POWER TRIP

BMW kicks it up a notch.

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Contents -

M cars al­ready have an out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion for power, but the new BMW M5 is still keen to kick it up a notch.

A cou­ple of months back, BMW set a new Guin­ness World Record for the world's long­est con­tin­ual drift. And, in or­der to do this, it had to cre­ate a tech­nique to re­fuel the car – mid drift – with yet an­other drift­ing ve­hi­cle. In the end, they man­aged to drift a to­tal of 374.2km on a skid pad and, if you’re won­der­ing what kind of car could man­age this spec­tac­u­lar feat, the an­swer would be the new BMW M5.

One bright and sunny day, we man­aged to sneak in a cou­ple of laps on the Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit with the BMW M5 and, we have to say, this thing is an ab­so­lute beast. Beat­ing at the heart of the M5 is the 4.4l V8 BMW M TwinPower Turbo Tech­nol­ogy en­gine that sup­plies 600hp and 720Nm of torque. This trans­lates to the M5 be­ing able to go from 0 to 100km/ h in just 3.4 sec­onds – it’s crazy how this num­ber ap­proaches su­per­car ter­ri­tory. With all that power un­der the hood, it’s a good thing that the M5 is the first to of­fer the M xDrive all-wheel drive sys­tem that dis­trib­utes the power to all four wheels. But, for all you purists out there, fret not, be­cause you will still be able to take it back to the RWD mode that most BMW en­thu­si­asts have come to love.

With these kinds of num­bers, it’s hard to imag­ine that the BMW M5 is still po­si­tioned un­der the pre­mium ex­ec­u­tive sedan seg­ment; but, when you slow the car down to a more man­age­able speed, you’ll start to no­tice the at­ten­tion to de­tails in the in­te­rior. The multi-func­tion bucket seats are trimmed with Merino leather, and the in­te­rior trim is an alu­minium car­bon struc­ture with dark chrome high­lights. It has a touch dis­play, BMW Head-Up Dis­play and the full suite of BMW Driver As­sis­tance sys­tems. All this adds up to a bril­liant sedan for a nice, re­lax­ing drive – that is, un­til you push the bright red ‘M’ but­ton on the steer­ing wheel.

Re­tail price (on the road, with­out in­sur­ance) for the new BMW M5 is MYR942,759.86. More in­for­ma­tion avail­able at www.bmw.com.my

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