- High-performance version of the BMW 5-Series
- 560-hp, twin-turbo V-8 engine
- Lots of standard features, including navigation
From BMW’s M division comes the 2014 BMW M5, which looks like a family car but goes like a racecar.
The M5 gets a few visual cues that separate it from the rest of the 5-Series sedan family. Up front the fascia has been modified with larger low air intakes and more aggressive aerodynamics. The brake calipers have been painted blue and bear the M logo, while out back quad exhaust tips and a rear spoiler also provide more clues. 19-inch wheels are standard, along with xenon HID headlamps and a power moonroof. Exterior options include full LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, and a soft-close doors.
Under the hood is a bananas 560-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 500 pounds-feet of torque. If that’s not enough horsepower for you, the available Competition Package bumps output up to 575-hp. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The automatic is the slightly faster of the two, running from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds vs. 4.3 seconds with the manual. But the two-tenths margin isn’t enough to dissuade folks who prefer to row their own gears.
The suspension offers adjustable dampers and three different driving modes to suit conditions. An active M rear differential comes standard as well, which helps to keep the M5’s power on the road. For added stopping power, a set of carbon-ceramic brakes is available.
Inside, the M5 packs in the standard features. A 10.2-inch touchscreen, iDrive, navigation, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control are found on every M5. The seats bear M logos and more aggressive bolstering to help keep you in place during spirited driving; they are also wrapped in Merino leather for added luxury. Options include ventilated front seats, a rear entertainment system, and a Bang & Olufsen premium stereo.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, dynamic radar cruise control, and BMW Remote Services which offers stolen vehicle recover and remote door unlocking via a smartphone app. Also available are night vision with pedestrian detection and a Driver Assistance Plus Package which adds lane departure warnings, blind spot warnings, and three added cameras which show a top-down view of the M5.