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BMW 540i, sounds almost retro… Well, given that the last 540i, an E39, went the way of all rusty things almost 15 years ago, that’s one way to view this nameplate. But here’s another: there are several good reasons why this, currently the most potent model in the new G30 5 Series range, is also the best. And one of them isn’t that, with 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque delivering 0-62mph in 4.8secs, it’s currently the fastest. Ooh, like an under-the-radar M5? If you mean so far under the radar as to be utterly undetectable, then… maybe. This is not a car that has anything like the expected power and aggression of the new M5, which is likely to boast the thick end of 600 brake when it appears towards the end of this year. The 540i xDrive (there’s no rear-wheel-drive variant), even decked out in M Sport trim, isn’t just stealthy, but admirably laid back.