BMW has launched the fastest version of their popular executive sedan, the 5 series at Rs 1.43 crores, ex-showroom India. 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 600bhp of power and 750Nm of torque that send power directly to the rear wheels only. The power is transmitted through a bespoke eight-speed torque converter from ZF and comes with a limited slip differential to aid the dynamics. The M5 blasts off to 100kmph in less than 5 seconds but in spite of its supercar performance, you might easily mistake it for the regular 5er.
Although it has the same body shell, the M5 gets a sharp aerodynamically sculpted front bumper with a lip spoiler, larger alloys, running boards and a rear splitter with the signature quad exhausts. But the exhaust rumble of the V8 is something unmistakeable. This is the latest generation of the M5, the previous version of which has been discontinued after the new 5 series was launched in India last year.
Since it is an M car, along with loads of performance, there is a lot of attention to detail and luxury. You get all the bells and whistles including the HUD, four-zone climate control, leather upholstery and everything that gets adjusted by a flick of a switch. While there isn’t a direct competitor to the M5 as of now, we expect Mercedes to shortly introduce the E63 AMG while the Audi RS6 Avant keeps impressing us from the side-lines.