Top Gear Speed Week: the super saloons
Nissan GT-R Track Pack, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series and BMW M5 kill tyres with POWEEEEER
Posted: 29 Aug 2012
Executing silly powerslides in the M5 is a rather simpler proposition. The big Beemer bungs all its 560bhp straight through the rear wheels, resulting in either a) shockingly rapid forward progress or b) absolutely no forward progress but a new layer of molten rubber upholstery on everything within a two-mile radius. It's a great bellowing grizzly, the M5. Not an insult, a compliment. Behind all the electronics and fancy head-up displays and wilfully obtuse gear-selector, it's a cheerily simple proposition, and far more engaging than those who lament the passing of the naturally aspirated M5 might have you believe.
Get hard on the brakes or try to turn in too early, and you're aware of the effect of that big, heavy engine straining the front tyres, but get the nose in and ride it out and the air-stuffed V8 serves up a great slewing chunk of torque, spitting the M5 onto the next straight at the sort of slip angles usually only witnessed at Rally Sweden. This might just be the most fun it's possible to have on a big empty race track... if not for the lump of matt-black, mud-spattered carbon fibre smouldering by my feet.