Alpine White, Executive Package ($5,500 -- includes heated steering wheel, power tailgate, comfort access keyless entry, soft-close automatic doors, power rear sunshade with rear manual side window shades, front ventilated seats, active front seats; heated rear seats, four-zone automatic climate control, head-up display, satellite radio with 1-year subscription, BMW Apps); Bang & Olufsen Sound System ($3,700 -- includes high-end sound system featuring Acoustic Lens Technology (ALT) and Dirac Dimensions technology); Silverstone II Full Merino Leather ($3,500); Driver Assistance Package ($1,900 -- includes lane departure warning system, active blind spot detection, side- and top-view cameras; speed limit info); 20-Inch M Light Alloy Wheels ($1,300 -- includes 20-by-9-inch front and 20-by-10-inch rear alloy wheels with 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires); Manual Transmission ($0).
Twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V8, gasoline with auto-stop/start
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
560 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
500 @ 1,500-5,750
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
A little tricky to launch. Either gets lots of wheelspin right off the line, or no wheelspin initially followed by lots of spin shortly thereafter, requiring a bit of backpedaling through 1st gear. Nice power, if an odd V8 engine note. Shifter has kinda long and rather notchy throws but well-defined gates.
Very firm pedal, short travel. Car barely dips the nose at all and stops are incredibly stable. Still, how embarassing that the VW Up! stops shorter. First stop was shortest at 111 feet. Fourth stop (out of seven) was longest at 117 feet. Erratic distances.
Skid pad: Even with the suspension set to its stiffest at Sport Plus, the M5 rolls over mightily on the outside front tire. Dialing back throttle lessens the understeer, but certainly doesn't eliminate it. Overall, grip is pretty good though, definitely better than the old car. Slalom: The M5 is too soft, even in the Sport Plus suspension setting. Surprisingly, the hydraulic steering felt best in Comfort mode -- Sport and Sport Plus feel heavy for the sake of being heavy, but don't give any increased feel or quickness. The chassis gives decent feedback and the M5 is very forgiving at the limit, but the overall sensation is one of massive weight transfer. This is definitely not a car that drives small, and no one will call it nimble.