Car (South Africa) - - DRIVE -

It’s day two at As­cari and the turn of the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion to bare its teeth … which is what it does on lap three of six as I exit the final cor­ner, a high-speed righthander, onto the main straight. I over­cook my speed – easy to do in a 460 kw su­per sedan ca­pa­ble of hit­ting 100 km/h in 3,3 sec­onds – and hit the run-off on the out­side of the bend. Thank­fully, the M5 C’s all-wheel driv­e­train cor­rects my fool­ish­ness and spits me back onto the track to­wards more hugely ex­hil­a­rat­ing laps.

The prod­uct of gen­tle re­vi­sions to the suspension (it sits 7 mm lower, the springs are stiffer and there’s in­creased cam­ber at the front), en­gine and design, the M5 is bet­ter than ever. It doesn’t come cheap, how­ever, edg­ing R2,1 mil­lion, but con­sid­er­ing its bal­ance of per­for­mance, driv­ing abil­ity, daily us­abil­ity, prac­ti­cal­ity and spec, few – if any ve­hi­cles – can touch the M5 Com­pe­ti­tion.

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