M5 is softly softly, slam you into seat

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING -

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.

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