The BMW M5 has always been the 'go-to' car for super saloon lovers the world over, offering understated looks, punishing performance and delicate handling that belies the car’s size.
When you see pictures of the new M5 and casually glance over the specs you could be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed over the previous generation – but you couldn’t be more wrong. It may have only a tweaked version of the old 4.4 litre twin turbo V8, but it puts out 616 bhp...meaning 0-62mph takes just 3.3 seconds!
The main difference, however, can be found in the stat marked ‘Drivetrain’ – yes, this new M5 finally gets an all-wheel-drive system to help tame the power and make it more usable all year round. But being a product of M-GmbH, it isn’t any ordinary AWD system - this one can be AWD or full RWD at the press of one of the two red ‘M’ buttons on the steering wheel, so you can still have some tail-happy fun when you want to!
This being the Competition, you also get a whole heap of aggression thrown in as well with stiffer suspension, more aggressive throttle mapping in the M modes, sharper steering and tweaked suspension geometry for a sharper turn-in. There are also a rather fetching new set of 20-inch alloys as well.
For 2020 the M5 gets the facelift recently introduced on the whole 5-Series range, so there's a wider front grille, new slimmer LED headlights with new 'Double-L' graphics, LED tail lights and inside a new 12.3-inch infotainment display and a whole host of new tech.
The best BMW on the road at the moment? Many would argue so, and this M5 could be yours next week - get your tickets now!