BMW M5: At home on the school run and on track
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BMW M5: At home on the school run and on track

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So, you've done well for yourself. Your days of economy driving are over. The diesel pump a distant, but fond memory. But you need something now that has space for family, can take down pretty much anything else on the road, and isn't too gordy, you know, because you're doing well. There are a few choices, mostly German, and there's one badge that gets many people excited over any other. The letter M. You have that little consonant sat next to a tiny little number, gets the pulse racing more than most. Now, in 2011, BMW launched this, the F10 M5 that replaced the last generation's noisy V10 with an eco-friendly, twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V8. The result, well, the old car's 500-brake horsepower has been dwarfed by the new 4.4-liter V8, 560-brake horsepower, and the turbo is just a 502-pound foot of torque all over. The 0 to 62 dash takes just 4.4 seconds and it will go into a limited 155 miles an hour, or if you ask BMW very nicely and have a trach, it will do 190, oh, and you also have to be a little bit mad. A car like this one long line of legendary Ms and distantly related to the legendary M1 needs to provide something that others really don't. This is a big exec saloon. It's the car you get when you reach the upper extra levels of management and needs to look good and take you and your family wherever you need to go. But being an end, it also needs to give you that release whenever you need it and this will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. The M5 is a car of many, many faces. You can set the gearbox, frost it to any way you like it, so you can have it clinging on to gears for dear life or you can have it change as efficiently as possible. It's really rather smart. The gearbox, by the way, is an absolute revelation. It's a 7-speed dual clutch GB and the changes are just seamless. It really is a joy to use. BMW seemed fit to put in a couple little buttons on the steering wheel. They both say M. One says M1. The other says M2. So, M1 puts everything into Sport mode which lowers the traction control, makes the steering a bit sharper, throttle response a little bit better. It's a little bit more aggressive. M2 puts everything into Sport Plus which essentially turns this thing insane. These two buttons are awesome. I do have a few problems with it, though. Even though there's some nice aggressive sporty tweaks over it like the core pipes at the back and the splitter and the giant air dams at the front and even the little vents on the side, I still find it a little librarianish. See, it's all very interesting, very aggressive, and good fun, but at the same time, it's a top frumpy. I do have to mention its massive price tag too. It's over 70,000 pounds and that's lots and lots of money. Once you get over its price tag and look at it as a whole, well, you get a decently sized, incredibly fast, incredibly capable, exciting car. And BMW has done a bang-up job with it. Even though it's a little bit heavy, it certainly earned that little consonant on its boot lid. It's a true M this one.

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