James May drives the new BMW M5
His verdict on the newest M-car? "It's a bit like Ronald McDonald"
Posted: 10 Nov 2011
It looks like a 5-Series, so that – and I don’t
want to bang on about this too much – is a
good thing. It’s a bit more swollen here and there, and it has these superb wheels, which are undoubtedly going to be smacked on a kerb pretty soon, and that’s a tragedy. But while it’s new, they look terrific. And the brake calipers are the colour of a very deep bit of the Adriatic. Yellow or red would be totally inappropriate for this most contemplative of M cars. In fact, the blueness of its calipers is as good a reason as any for choosing it. It tells you everything.
It’s altogether pretty unobtrusive unless you
study it a bit more closely, and then it starts
to look quite menacing. It’s a bit like Ronald McDonald in this respect. Inside, I’m reassured by the usual combination of ruthless BMW logic and austere good taste.