Having just activated the 4WD Sport setting of the M Dynamic Mode, it took me all of two corners that – as advertised – the all-wheels-driven M5 could behave just like a rear-drive car with a little goading. And yet, massive grip was still evident for straight line acceleration when I realized how far I’d fallen behind the car ahead, with its cleaner racing line.
That allows it to get from 0-60 mph in about 3.3 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating BMW ever made. The BMW i3s? Well, that uses a 184 hp electric motor that powers its rear wheels. It can get from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. So it’s no M5.
So there you have it. A tremendous car, at one moment refined and conservative, at another rewarding and poised, with loads of sophisticated hardware, and an even bigger set of massively sophisticated software, controlling its every movement and interaction. Which is still at its best when you turn it all off.
The BMW M5 starts from €117,900 in Germany, compared to the €121,892 price tag of the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. For the quick buyers BMW offers a First Edition model at an extra €19,500, limited at just 400 examples. For those who want to get creative with the looks of the M5, BMW recently released a range of ‘M Performance Parts’ that will definitely spice up the car’s road presence.