21 September 2004

A week ago, we brought you the first drive of BMW's new M5 super-saloon; now, we exclusively pit it against its keenest rivals, and you can find out how it fares this week, in Autocar magazine.

Our impressions of the car BMW engineered from the beginning to cast every other performance saloon in sharp relief were that it was amazing. 'Exceptional,' to quote writer-at-large Chris Harris - 'perhaps the first genuine super-saloon-car.' On open tarmac, with nothing but its own legacy to overcome, it succeeded brilliantly.

This week, in European editor Peter Robinson's triple test, it has Maserati's new Quattroporte to contend with, as well as its closest rival, Mercedes' supercharged E55 AMG. 'The outside lane has a new hero,' he writes. 'After a 15-month hiatus that left rivals to roam unhindered.... mark this down as the return of the status quo.'

Find out why 'nobody beats BMW at this game' this week, in Autocar

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