Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

BMW’s £140,780 asking price for the M5 CS is a lot to take in. It’s £20,000 more than BMW asked for the limited-run M4 GTS five years ago; and although it won’t be produced for very long, this car isn’t technically a limited-volume edition.

BMW won’t say how many units it’s importing to the UK, but it has confirmed that deposits have already been taken for all of the cars that are officially coming to the country, and that there’s a waiting list for any cancellations. There is some hope that M5 CS residual values could be much more encouraging than is typically true of fast-depreciating M5 super-saloons, then.

CAP expects M5 CS to hold its value slightly better than the much cheaper Mercedes-AMG E63, but worse than the Porsche Panamera Turbo S

BMW UK is offering the car in one, fully loaded equipment level that includes a head-up display, Laserlight LED headlights, M carbonfibre bucket seats and a Harman Kardon audio system for no extra charge. It comes in a choice of three colours (Brands Hatch Grey Metallic, Individual Frozen Brands Hatch Grey or Individual Frozen Deep Green), none of which incurs an extra cost, and with a choice of either gold or red brake calipers, again at no extra cost.

If you’re invited to buy one of these cars, then, your decision-making process could end up being simpler than you first realise.