Cars such as the 2002 and 3-series may have contributed to BMW's legendary status, but the company's M performance cars bump that status to epic. The new M5 represents the latest example of a model in which BMW engineers went all out, using the latest technology to make it an untouchable track car.
The 5-series sedan, on which the M5 is based, uses a somewhat conservative exterior design. The M5 version adds an aggressive air intake below the grille. M5 badges adorn side vents to distinguish the car, but in many respects, the M5 looks like a sleeper.
The M5's engine is an automotive work of art. Using direct injection and two twin scroll turbochargers, it uses BMW's Vanos variable valve timing technology to deliver 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque from its 4.4 liters.