A brief history of the mighty BMW M5
The iconic super-saloon is 30 years old. We chart its tyre-chewing development
Posted: 07 May 2014
BMW M5: F10
"The urge of the M5 is immense, of course, because it has 552bhp and a comical 501lb ft of torque." The words of our very own Mr May, and the headline stats of the latest generation of BMW's super saloon; a sublime iteration of the M5.
Gone is the V10 of old, and in came a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged - yes, turbocharged! - 4.4-litre V8. It's still cosmically quick, mind: 0-62mph now takes just 4.3 seconds, and top speed is still only limited (barely) by a little bit of software that stops you at 155mph. This is probably quite handy, because the cossetting nature of this car means you can do silly, silly speeds without realising.
So what next for the M5? Back to the straight six? Hybrid power? One thing's for sure, it'll be entertaining finding out. Here's to another 30 years of big, smoky M-power...