• Staff Writer

Reviewed: BMW M5 (F90)

Updated: Aug 1, 2018

Though built as an elegant business sedan, the all-new BMW M5 is a beast waiting to be unleashed.

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Five generations have passed and the M5 is now into its sixth iteration. Code named F90, the new M5 promises more with its handling and technology further honed to reclaim its title as the king of super saloons. However for those who love M badged cars, regardless of what BMW’s competitors have to offer, the M5 remains the leader of the pack, the bench mark by which all the other super saloons are measured against.

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In terms of design, the new M5 is not that dissimilar to its already suave looking F10M predecessor from seven years ago, but there are definitely some subtle differences. Compared to the outgoing car, the new M5 has grown more sinewy. Gone are the rounded edges, replaced by sharper edges and more prominent design lines. However that’s where it ends, as subtlety is the key, which is the beauty of it all. To the untrained eye, it might look like a normal 5 Series sedan, but a further inspection reveals a handful of differences that makes this the super saloon to own, some of which include larger air intakes across the front bumper, bigger wheels, bigger brake callipers, a carbon fibre roof, quad exhausts pipes, and a modest serving of M badges all round.

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Interior wise, you’ll definitely find an impressive list of bells and whistles, as well as comfort that is similar to what one can get in a 7 Series, with BMW stating that they designed this car with the idea of not only being a high performance machine, it is also equally luxurious, upmarket and stylish. The plush interior features glossy carbon panels accented by aluminium and supple leather upholstery while the equipment list features an electronic parking brake, a huge iDrive monitor, head-up display, steering-mounted cruise control, and more. The sports seats for the driver and front passenger are hugely comfortable, with its side bolsters providing plenty of support. Similarly, the back row offers a level of comfort befitting a car of such stature.

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As for performance, beneath the new M5’s hood lies a bestial 4.4-litre V8 TwinPower turbocharged engine that cranks out 600 horses and 750Nm worth of torque. The car goes from zero to 100 in just 3.4 seconds, which is well within supercar territory. Power is delivered to all four wheels (the new M5 is the first AWD M car) via a ZF-sourced eight-speed steptronic transmission, as BMW has opted to replace its DCT with a more conventional auto transmission. This rationale is defended by BMW’s M Division’s engineers, who claim that the new transmission offers better fuel economy as well as being a better fit with the M5’s all-wheel drive system known as M xDrive. For rear-wheel drive purists, fret not, as M xDrive allows the driver to use the infotainment system to toggle between different drive modes, and thus one can opt out of all-wheel drive and turn the M5 into a rear-wheel driven driving machine.

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Not many cars can lay claim to be the king of super saloons, and the new M5 fits the bill nicely. A nice blend of practicality, every day comfort, and supercar levels of performance, the M5 with its Jekyll and Hyde persona of being a mild daily runabout that can be transformed into a wild unfettered beast that is comfortable, steers brilliantly, goes fast and look good at the same time is indeed a car worth considering.

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