The BMW M5: Daily driver or daily beast?
The BMW M5. Four letters and a number. When joined together, they mean something so powerful. Something so beastly. Something so… I think you get the point. With every generation of the M5, from the E28 body style all the way to the E60 (V10 powered model), BMW upped its game as a whole. I can honestly tell you after experiencing it firsthand, this M5 is a completely different animal.
Let’s start with the exterior, shall we? The new M5 is definitely the largest of its ancestors. By no means do you feel it’s the tight package the M5 once was. But make no mistake, it’s still sharp. Sharper than ever.
The engine is a pure gem. The 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 unit packs 552hp and 501lb-ft of torque, capable of nailing 0-100km/h acceleration times in an estimated 4.4 seconds. Floor the throttle and you are met with extremely minimal turbo lag and once you’re off, you can’t quite grasp a hold of how fast you’re actually going. It’s insanely quick for its size!
BMW M cars aren’t known for AMG-like exhaust growls, but the new M5 isn’t one to be muted. As always, the M signature quad-tip exhausts are called in for duty.
Once you’re out on the open road it all takes place effortlessly. The more speed you pick up, the more the car begins to shrink around you. M cars truly have a way of communicating with the driver. The M steering wheel is spot on as the speed increases, however, I did sense a bit of numbness at very low speeds. This is a daily road cruiser after all.
The F10 M5 uses a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. There are two M modes which can be configured by drivers at their discretion. Shift modes and traction control are some of the settings which can be fettled with.
The color heads-up-display system on the M5 is the clearest I have ever seen. There is no need for you to take your eyes off the road… right where they should be.
The M5 also comes with a Night Vision option, helpful when tackling dark and unlit roads.
The M5′s comfy seats are adjustable in a gazillion ways, yet sporty enough to support the driver and passengers during aggressive driving.
If only the M5 were part of a playground when I was a child. That would have been magical.
The M5 has a way of attracting attention, even with its understated looks. The fact that this particular car came with Frozen Silver matte paint did not help at all. It’s a real head turner.
As the sun began to set, it only made sense to park the car somewhere, snap a few shots and really take it all in. The M5 is simply that kind of “love affair”.
You can’t help but want to get closer to it and inspect it from all angles. It has the perfect blend of soft and sharp lines throughout.
You begin to appreciate the car’s stance and the 20-inch wheel design the more you look at it. The latter provides the opportunity for onlookers to admire the big brakes. The biggest I personally have ever seen on an M model.
As I stepped out of the car for the last time, I saw the M5 badge glistening on the doorsill. I couldn’t help but be assured that this car is worthy of the tricolor M logo.
Gone but never to be forgotten, I’m sure this won’t be the last time we meet. Bye bye for now…
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