M5 is softly softly, slam you into seat
How can one of the fastest cars in the world be so utterly luxurious as well?
phrase ‘‘insurance implications’’ while explaining this feature during the handover, which is actually more scary than the possibility losing control of a superpowered rear-drive M5 midcorner.
But even in full AWD mode it stills feel like a beautifully balanced rear-drive machine, and with that active-differential at the back there’s a lot the car can do to maximise traction and remain poised before resorting to gauche tactics like sending lots of drive to the front wheels.
The engine is a development of that in the previous M5. But the key change is the move from a dual-clutch transmission to a conventional automatic, which BMW says works better with the AWD – while still shifting as fast as the old DCT. We’ll take their word for it. It is fast, no question, but another benefit is that the auto is much smoother in urban driving.
You can dial up the ride to be as hard as you want. You can’t dial it back to be as soft as, say, a 530e. But it’s not obtrusive either, suppressing urban bumps while maintaining enough control to remain a good choice for brisk driving: suspension on Comfort, everything else dialled right up suits many Kiwi backroads in this car.
The new M5 truly is a do-it-all supercar: it can do the school run in wet weather, oversteer around a track all day and excel at pretty much everything in between. It’s delicious to drive at any speed and loaded with all the latest luxury equipment, including some very slick automated driverassistance features.
The M5 is so, well, nice in every respect, it’s easy to forget it’s one of the fastest, most dynamic cars in the world. But it really is.