Upholding the traditions of so many of BMW Motorsport’s specials, the styling of the BMW M5 is anything but overblown. Its extended side sills and modest bootlid spoiler are typically understated.
Adding a note of visual purpose, trademark quad exhaust pipes poke out from under a deeper rear valance. At the front, larger and wider air ducts feed 10 radiators.
Which brings us to the rather controversial contents of the BMW M5’s engine bay.
Under the bonnet you'll find a 4.4-litre all-aluminium 90deg V8 fed by two twin-scroll Honeywell turbochargers packaged between the cylinder banks. The engine runs direct injection working at up to 200bar of pressure, as well as Valvetronic variable valve lift and double Vanos variable camshaft timing, improving performance and efficiency.
Making 552bhp between 6000rpm and 7000rpm and revving at up to 7200rpm, it offers 10 per cent more power than the model it replaced and – they say – has the high-rev fireworks and throttle response of one of BMW M’s finest. Uprate your M5 with the Competition Pack and your M5 puts out 565bhp, while a limited run Competition Edition has its output boosted to 592bhp - same as the M4 GTS.