BEHIND THE WHEEL: BMW M5
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
This is a big one, my M cherry being plucked. The car presented was in blue but it got me wondering why I didn’t like the colour as much I thought I would. As far as first impression goes, it doesn’t get better than this. The 5 breathes into life expelling the noise from hell through its quad exhaust and looks imposing with 20-inch wheels on. And and.. those side vents alone do it for me.
The first thing I did having gotten in was turning off the start-stop mechanism and activating seat ventilation. Things got even better after some acquainting because the M neither pitch nor roll like a cruise which does happen in a 528i. Body control is excellent since there was no noticeable flex or wallow like most 2-tonne and up cars do.
Everything that’s M
No supercar drawbacks
Works best in M mode
Ridiculous road taxes
7-speed Dual Clutch
0-100 km/h: 4.3s
Top speed: 250 km/h (limited)
As soon as the traffic cleared up, I booted the throttle for a few seconds only to find 200 showing on the head-up display. On full M mode, this rocket ship takes a second to ready itself then disappears into the horizon with a huge woosh. If the same were done on speeds below 100 km/h, you will be rewarded with a mischievous hint of the rear coming out but is never fatal.
" With everything dialled into Sport Plus,
mister traction control is your best friend "
The M5 is completely different flavour to the F10 range, its bespoke internals down to the seats acts as constant reminders that this is no ordinary Hennessey, this is the full-fat Hennessey Paradis. I was absolutely bewitched by how this thing drives and how well it puts down power. On the subject of miles crunching, I personally wouldn’t mind taking a drive down Johor and back simply because fuel prices have gone down by twenty cents. There is just no getting fatigue behind the wheel unlike most cars.
Say you were strolling along the E5 of Shah Alam, exhaust noises could be heard rumbling away which in my opinion can get tiring. Then again, I wonder how much of them were real since none could be heard on the back seats. As for the ride quality, the setup to the stiffer side of things but nowhere close to being Audi’s kind of stiff. Frankly speaking it comfortably pliant, even a C200 riding on 18s is worse.
" You’ll take the M5 every time if you needed to be
somewhere quickly and in comfort "
The most frustrated I’ve got during my time with it was that I couldn’t unleash more of its potentials more of the time. That aside, it isn’t as emotionally thrilling as the E60 M5 since not much of the eight cylinders could be heard even when engine response is on Sport Plus. More of an everyday problem would be that it doesn’t have auto hill assist. And rear seats could be that bit plusher.
Those aside, the M5 is a heavyweight of an all-rounder. The 7-speed dual clutch transmission shifts imperceptibly and when its slowest setting would please the most critical passengers. Its tastefully blue painted brakes stop very well yet not at all too grabby on slower speeds. Steering too is very much positive good unlike an electric setup.
One can argue that a 535i does almost everything an M5 can fractionally slower for far less money. That’s largely true but a 535 have none of the M goodies. Back to the 5, I would get one only if the daily car decides to fall under the weather more than regular otherwise wait for one packed with optional extras you truly desire to come by and snatch it.