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BMW M5 Touring review: 5.0-litre V10 engine to play with
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BMW M5

What is it?

A BMW 5-Series with the BMW Motorsport treatment has always been a tempting idea, and the current version is the most extreme of the lot. The BMW M5 has a 5.0-litre, 507bhp V10 engine, a seven-speed sequential-shift transmission and fat, deep-dished wheels which are the only immediate visual clue to the fireworks potential within. Made in both saloon and estate-car guises, the latter surely the ultimate multi-purpose vehicle.

What’s hot?

  • That engine, able to rev to 8250rpm
  • The pace, with 62mph in 4.8 seconds if you use the brutal launch control
  • The grip and handling, making this big car ludicrously agile
  • The fact that a lot of people won’t know the Mr Hyde within
  • Extraordinary combination of brute pace and high-end luxury

What’s not?

 

  • Sequential transmission can be jerky even in slowest of the six gearshift-speed modes
  • ‘Automatic’ mode is even more prone to pauses and surges
  • CO2 emissions of 361g/km could induce eco-guilt

 

Verdict on the BMW M5

The BMW M5 isn’t unique – Audi’s S6 also has a V10 engine – but it is the raciest, hardest-edged big saloon (or estate) you can buy.

BMW M5 road test report

BMW M5 car review

Yet if you drive it gently it will behave like a pussycat, especially if you haven’t pressed the ‘power’ button that raises output from 400 to that mad 507bhp. The M5 is a car which does it all. The question is: do you need all that it does?

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