We all love sleepers, those cars that look like your everyday commuters, but pack enough performance to put many a supercar to shame. BMW has introduced their ultimate sleeper, the M5. At a price tag of Rs 1.5 crores, the BMW M5 gives you the perfect balance between comfort and performance, a proposition which is difficult to let go, that is, if you can afford one.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, the BMW M5 is regarded as one of the fastest saloons in the world. The 4.4-litre V8 of the M5 pumps out the highest ever figures - about 600bhp of power and 750Nm of torque that sends power directly to the rear wheels only. The power is transmitted through a bespoke eight-speed torque converter from ZF and comes gets a limited slip differential to aid the dynamics.
And that is not all. You get all the bells and whistles that come with a luxury saloon including a panoramic sunroof, separate-zone climate control for all four passengers and a host of comfort and convenience features. You get the M5 in just one fully loaded trim with 19 inch alloys, M-package bumpers as well as the rear splitter.
In terms of competition, there is nothing which goes up straight against the BMW M5 but the Audi RS6 Avant. Mercedes might bring the E63 AMG but there isn’t any chance of the Jaguar XF R coming to India.
But for this price tag, you do have quite a few options. If you want an out-and-out sportster, you can get hold of either of the Porsche 718 twins or the six-cylinder Jaguar F-type if the Mercedes SLC 43 AMG is a bit too slow for you. You can spend a little more and go for the Porsche 911 or the Maserati GT for performance or panache.
But if you are not really a performance guy, the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Audi A8 or the Jaguar XJ L or the Lexus LS500h are always on the cards. If you want more brawn, you can get hold of the Range Rover Sport or the top-spec Velar. And if you are looking for plain reliability, look no further than the Toyota Land Cruiser LX 200.