Why we’re running: To determine if both power and fourwheel drive are assets or unnecessary excess. And, well, because it is a M5…
Month 1 – Specifications
Life with a BMW M5: 1 Month
Welcome to the M5 to our fleet – May 2, 2018
I can’t remember a car that has been more busy upon their arrival in the Autocar long term test fleet of the new BMW M5. With decent reason, I suppose: it is a new M5. Are rare, and we want to see that, as soon as possible, how good they are.
From the moment you are picked up from the north of Wales, the M5 was being used in a group test next to a Mercedes E63 AMG S, and a Cadillac CTS-V. not. Then it was recorded on video, along with a E63 with two different testers – me included. Won again. (Although with a lot of love for the AMG, I’m going to be honest.)
Since then, we’ve recorded a video next to an Alpina B5, photographed next to the B5 by writing to the function and, just two weeks ago in these pages, was subjected to a full Autocar road test. Four and a half stars, my lovely. Four minor demerits; otherwise irregular.
Some of the highlights, then? The 592bhp-wheel drive 4.4 liter V8 saloon hits 60mph from rest in 3.3 seconds. Then there is the 7.5 sec is needed to reach 100 mph, a distance of a quarter mile in 11.5 seconds 125.1 mph and a standing mile in 20.8 sec 159.1 mph.
Even through a standing kilometer, then, the M5 is not more than seven-tenths of a Ferrari 458 Speciale. It is so fast.
Comfortable, too, despite the fact that, for the most part. Our road test he noticed a slightly nervous ride once in a while and, on the whole, I am inclined to agree. If terrific body control is the trade-off, though, and it is supposed to be some kind of commitment in a 1940kg car that has an executive lounge and, however, also is trying to be a sports car with a super power, then I guess that is the problem.
What I can say is that I can’t think of another car that, when it comes to trying to be as attractive/athletic, and yet also luxury, comfortable, is so complete in its dynamics.
In the interior, it is everything that a 5 Series is too much. It will seat five in comfort plus has a 530-litre boot behind them, with a can of foam under the boot floor in case of a puncture, because the M5 does not have run-flat tyres.
Which is one reason why, I suspect, the M has a bewildering variety of dynamic capabilities and why the Alpina B5 – spoiler alert – do not travel night and day better, which is generally of an Alpine large features.
You can slacken off the M5 suspension, in addition to its other attributes – the power train, gearbox, flywheel weight in a disconcerting degree. In the center of the console by the gearlever – that yes there are three ways to change time – you can select the gate modes, the response of the engine, the transmission, the steering response and weight you want.
Or you can select from pre-programmed alternatives. Or you can choose your own set-up, and the program in two discrete red levers on the steering wheel. That is what I have done.
To the left of the lever is filled with comfort at all. To the right is full angry above all, the stability control disconnected, and a transmission in rear wheel drive mode. Sometimes I flit between these and select other things, as I get used to the car. But most of all I realize that I’m doing it for the experience and novelty. Is that mine, I have the suspicion that it had to rely on two set-ups.
There are a lot of other things to get used to and get your head around, too, thanks in part to a series of options that includes one of my favorite buttons of steering wheel: a swimming pool, a heated rim. I like a heated steering wheel. And the other day, someone left a pea under 20 mattresses and 20 feather beds and I could still feel you in the night!
Anyway, that is part of the Comfort pack, which our road test on account that it was a good idea at the specifications, unlike the Premium pack. I agree: the M5 has a carbonfibre roof to lower weight and do more bass, so I’d like to get away from too many options – such as the Premium pack of the soft-closing of doors – that add the pounds again.
Carbon-ceramic brakes also made the list, at £7495, and an M Sport exhaust, at £1100. The brake package is probably what gives it a little more sensitive pedal, sometimes we are going to see if that improves with the miles and the ‘zorst adds an edge welcome to the turbo engine, otherwise, resort to relatively convincing speaker of increase for some of their emotions.
Aural excitement, anyway. It is based on the implementation of 592bhp in great slow strides to deliver the excitement visceral. The engine is excellent. Less openly V8ish of an AMG could be, but there’s no arguing with the amount of thrust it provides, or how it is delivered through the eight-speed automatic.
It is even able to, if you are careful, of 28mpg, although 23mpg is more likely, and 7.5 mpg is possible on a track. I guess that the owners did not take M5s there that often, despite the fact that it should, because it is a great way to find out which BMW’s new super saloon is unsurpassed in its dynamic capabilities.
I’m looking forward to exploring those more, we find ourselves with many, many more jobs for the M5 to make.
I love this car. I struggled at the beginning, to see why a 5 Series is necessary to be so hardcore but, after 400 miles, I could not get enough of its near-supercar of the management and control of the body, in addition to its intoxicating acceleration, given the practical package and without effort, of delivery. Great!
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The BMW M5 specification
Specifications: New Price £87,940; Price of the test: £101,900; Options: Premium package (including soft-closing doors, massage seats, ceramic finish for controls) £1995, Comfort package (including heated steering wheel, heated seats, all round) £1195, M Sports exhaust £1100, carbonfibre engine cover £1025, carbon-ceramic brakes £7495, M seat belts £260, carbonfibre/aluminium-look trim £495, Apple CarPlay £235, of online entertainment £160
Test data: Engine V8, 4395cc, twin-turbo, petrol; Power 591bhp in 5600-6700rpm; Torque 553lb ft at 1800-5600rpm; maximum speed of 155 mph (limited); 0-62 mph of 3.4 seconds, with Claimed fuel economy 26.9 mpg;Test the fuel economy of 23.3 mpg; CO2 241g/km; Faults None Expenses None
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