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Test drive: BMW M5

The BMW M5 combines compelling track performance with the practicality of a luxurious business saloon

Test drive: BMW M5
BMW M5, from $90,000

The Middle East has welcomed the arrival of the fifth generation of the world’s most successful high-performance saloon in its shores. The new BMW M5 combines compelling track performance with the comprehensive practicality of a luxurious business saloon.

The new BMW M5 is an exceptionally dynamic high-performance sports car with four doors and five seats, a further development of the concept originally initiated in 1984 with the first generation BMW M5. It features the world premiere of a newly developed BMW M high-performance, high-revving, 4.4-litre V8 engine with an M Twin Power Turbo package. With twin-turbo technology, direct petrol injection and fully variable valve control, the V8 engine produces 560hp from 6,000-7,000rpm and a maximum of 680Nm of torque from 1,500rpm.

The result is a lag-free power delivery giving typical M car thrust whilst delivering a significantly improved balance between performance and fuel consumption. The new BMW M5 is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds.  Top speed is limited to 250 km/h, but can be raised to 305 km/h with the M Driver’s Package. Thanks to use of extensive Efficient Dynamics technology, including Auto Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration, fuel consumption is cut by more than 30 percent when compared to the previous model.

The new BMW M5 has outstandingly agile handling thanks to its innovative rear axle differential with Active M Differential lock, which enables a fully variable distribution of power between the rear wheels. Individually configured set-ups for the car can be chosen by the driver via the M Drive buttons on the steering wheel — changes can be made to the accelerator response, gearbox response, DSC modes, Dynamic Damper Control and information in the Head-Up Display.

Exterior styling cues of the new BMW M5 feature familiar M aesthetics, which reflects the car’s extremely dynamic, yet precisely controllable nature. The front bumper has large air intakes to feed the engine and cool the brakes, the athletically flared wheel arches emphasise the wide track and the aerodynamically optimised rear bumper features a diffuser between the two pairs of twin exhausts.

Customers can also give their new BMW M5 the personal touch, since virtually the full range of options for the BMW 5 Series Saloon are available including a host of driver assistance systems and mobility services
from BMW ConnectedDrive.

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