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.