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.
The F10 M5 is also 30 per cent more fuel efficient than the old V10 and, fed from an 80-litre fuel tank, should contribute to a 50 per cent improvement in cruising range.
The above pricing is inclusive of SST
Tested: 4,395cc twin-turbo petrol, 7spd auto
Power/torque: 552bhp @ 6,000-7,000rpm/ 501lb ft @1,500-5,750rpm
Top speed: 190mph
Acceleration: 0-62mph in 4.4sec
Fuel economy: 28.5mpg (Combined)
Verdict: Brutally fast with an agile chassis and great ride, this M5 proves that technology needn’t detract from the driving experience
Telegraph rating: Five out of five
ALPINE WHITE exterior, BLACK MERINO LEATHER interior, 20 inch GLOSS BACK M SPORT ALLOYS, SUNROOF, REAR CAMERA, HEAD-UP DISPLAY, ELEC. SEATS WITH MEMROY, HARMAN KARDON, NAVIGATION SYSTEM, SPEED LIMIT DISPLAY, ELEC. FOLDING MIRRORS, PARKING SENSORS, 4-ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL, XENON HEADLIGHTS, HIGH BEAM ASSIST, ADPATIVE DRIVE, HILL START ASSIST, PUSH START BUTTON