By driving one fast. Really fast.
Following in the footsteps of the V10-powered E60 M5 wasn’t easy. While the outgoing F10 M5 does have its critics (its successor is due to arrive very soon), it’s still an incredible M car nonetheless, especially when equipped with the optional Competition Package. Matt Farah, who recently also got behind the wheel of a nearly flawless E39 M5, has now taken some time to review the twin-turbo V8 F10 M5 and, not at all unexpectedly, was mighty impressed.
The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 comes standard with 553 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, but that Competition Pack increases output to a total of 575 hp while torque remains the same. In addition to the extra punch, this package adds a revised suspension which also lowers ride height by 10mm.
Yes, there is more character in the naturally aspirated engines, but this twin-turbo V8 delivers power all the way through. At the same time, this M5 serves as a fantastic daily driver, while its V10 predecessor wasn’t always the easiest to live with, for obvious reasons. Sure, there have been some complaints about this M5’s lack of driving character. Some feel it drives and handles like a larger car, and they do have a point. However, the sheer amount of power this thing delivers and its Starship Enterprise-like acceleration balance things out nicely. And based on Farah’s drive here, this 2016 M5 will put a smile on any enthusiast’s face, especially when hitting the gas.