22 May 2017
Review

BMW's revered Motorsport Division will take the momentous step of switching its forty-year-old super saloon icon, the M5, from two driven wheels to four- when the sixth-generation version of the car goes on sale in 2018. But the German car-maker insists that its new 'M xDrive' four-wheel-drive system makes the new M5 even more spectacular to drive than any of its famous antecedents.

In order to prove the substance of that claim, BMW let us loose in an early prototype version of the M5 at its Miramas proving ground in southern France - and also provided former F1 driver and current BMW DTM touring car ace Timo Glock for passenger-seat insight and added amusement. Chief tester Matt Saunders was the man next to him with 615bhp under his right foot.

Click here for the web review of the 2017 BMW M5 prototype

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23 May 2017
Not so much the horsepower or the torque,it's how it steers,how FWD feels.

Peter Cavellini.

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23 May 2017
My car has half the horsepower and traction most of year is so so. So probably not before time.

29 May 2017
but nobody else has revealed an exact power number. Was that a mistaken revelation?

10 June 2017
4WD, auto box, turbo, synthetic sound...

Less ans less natural the M5...

What is the interest to ride with it in more and more restricted conditions ?

15 June 2017
The current m5 was ok in bone dry conditions but on even damp roads you could spin the wheels (at least i could) in any gear. 4wd is long overdue

15 June 2017
The current m5 was ok in bone dry conditions but on even damp roads you could spin the wheels (at least i could) in any gear. 4wd is long overdue

15 June 2017
The current m5 was ok in bone dry conditions but on even damp roads you could spin the wheels (at least i could) in any gear. 4wd is long overdue

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