BMW's mid-size super-sedan is unchanged for 2015. It continues with a twin-turbo 4.4L V8 making 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. There is a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The M5 is rated at 16.2 L/100 km city and 10.9 highway with the manual, and 17.3/11.5 with the dual-clutch box. The M5 has a ton of power, neutrally balanced handling, and is serious fun. It's not as easy to drive fast as the competition, but it's vastly more involving. This generally means more fun and more satisfying. It even still has hydraulic assist steering instead of the numb electrical assist that is just about everywhere now. Don't worry, you can adjust the steering, damping, and throttle response to make it knife edged or daily drive sedate. The M5 competes with the Audi RS7, Jaguar XFR-S, Mercedes E63 AMG and Porsche Panamera. The M5 is the original, and it maintains the performance, handling, and luxury that it used to create the formula back in 1986.
Standard features include power and leather everything, including 16-way power adjustable heated leather front sport seats. There is a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with USB and navigation. You also get a sunroof, and power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. There is adjustable dynamically controlled damping and adaptive headlights as well.
A driver assistance package comes with lane departure and blind spot warnings, forward collision avoidance, and side and top view cameras. The executive package gains massaging and ventilated seats along with power door and trunk lid closure. Stand-alone options include a choice of wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes. An available competition package boosts power to 575 hp, adds a black chrome exhaust, and lowers the suspension by 10 mm (with firmer springs and revised dynamic damper control) along with faster steering.
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