The new BMW M5 is the fastest one yet, and the first generation of the car to sport all-wheel drive. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8’s power has been bumped to 600 horsepower, and there’s an M Steptronic eight-speed automatic transmission to keep all that power under control. The all-wheel-drive system has two-wheel drive capability, where the front wheels are disengaged to allow the car to have all of the sideways fun that rear-drive sports cars enjoy.
The exhausts can be controlled with a button that opens and closes baffles to change sound and volume. An M differential shifts power between the drive wheels as necessary to keep traction on the road.
Inside, Merino leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber trim coat every surface. Apple CarPlay is on board with a one-year trial, but after that it’s subscription-only. A Harman Kardon 600-watt sound system and BMW’s Live Cockpit round out the technology. The system syncs info between the 10.25-inch infotainment screen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
The BMW M5 competes with the Audi RS7, Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Pricing starts at $102,700.