BMW M5

The M5 features a high-performance version of the 5-series' 4.4L twin-turbo engine. It utilizes direct injection and BMW's Valvetronic system, which can vary intake valve lift to both save fuel and aid responsiveness. Horsepower is rated at 560 and torque is stated to be 500 lb-feet. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automatic, while a traditional 6-speed manual is available as a no-cost option. With so much horsepower, acceleration is extremely strong, and the M5 is comfortably faster than many sports cars on the market.

A single Driving Dynamics Control selector lets the driver click between Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes that coordinate throttle and transmission response, steering boost, stability-control intervention and the Dynamic Damping Control suspension.

19-inch wheels and HID headlamps are standard, as is a high-performance audio system that includes both HD radio and a 6-disc DVD changer. Navigation, 18-way heated seats and 4-zone climate control are also included. "Green" features include a brake-energy regeneration system to charge the battery only when the brakes are applied as well as an "auto-stop" feature to save fuel when the engine is idle.

The M5 includes great seats in all variants; in front they're widely adjustable and especially good for taller drivers. BMW's iDrive screen-driven interface comes in all 5-Series models, and it's been improved in recent years with more intuitive, streamlined menus and controls.

The M5 includes dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, power heated mirrors, xenon adaptive headlamps, dynamic cruise control and other extras. Merino leather seats come standard, as does hard-drive navigation, a rear-view camera and park distance control.

A Competition Package improves the M5's performance numbers in most every way, with sport exhaust and tuning adding 15 horsepower to the engine's output as well as revised suspension settings and tuned steering to improve handling and response and 20-inch double-spoke alloys.

Editors' Review

Gold wheels and yellow daytime running lights aren't the only reasons to dig the BMW M5 CS, but they're definitely a great place to start. These rad bits of brightwork immediately grab your attention, and man, this latest M5 absolutely deserves it.

With 627 horsepower coming from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, the 2022 M5 CS is BMW's most powerful production car. Yeah, that's only a 10-hp increase over the M5 Competition, but it's enough to earn that "most powerful" designation, and there's a lot to be said for bragging rights in this space. The V8 also cranks out 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is delivered in full between 1,800 and 5,950 rpm. In other words, the M5 CS has an absolute crap-ton of power, and it's never more than a throttle tap away.

An eight-speed automatic transmission manages the engine's oomph, sending it to all four corners via BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. A standard rear bias keeps the M5 feeling lively through Southern California's tight mountain switchbacks, and you can completely turn off the traction control and lock the car into a two-wheel-drive setting, though that's kind of overkill for public roads. Besides, with the xDrive system in its 4WD Sport mode and the stability control set to its midrange M Dynamic Mode, the CS' electronic safeguards allow for plenty of rambunctiousness. Trust me, this thing is a riot.

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The Good ~ Lighter and more powerful ~ Grippy tires and excellent poise ~ Yellow and gold accents are *chef's kiss*

The Bad ~ Slightly numb steering ~ It ain't cheap ~ 17 mpg combined

The Bottom Line The BMW M5 CS is an excellent luxury-sport sedan.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 9.5
  • Media 8.5

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