BMW M5: What You Need to Know

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Your Guide to the M5 – Past, Present, and Future

The BMW M5 is arguably the definitive performance-luxury sedan. Now it tends to emphasize the former over the latter, but it has never failed to deliver a satisfying driving experience. Since the 1980s, BMW has set the bar for what a four-door premium commuter car could do in terms of acceleration and cornering.

There is now a healthy crop of performance luxury sedans, including the Mercedes-AMG E63, Audi S6, Porsche Panamera, Cadillac CTS-V, and more. But many consider the M5 to be Patient Zero.

For 2018, the M5 gets a twin-turbo V8 monster with an advanced road-gripping all-wheel drive system. But the M5 was once a far simpler vehicle, and came not from computer-aided design, but from the racetrack.

Read on to learn about why the letter M is so important to the BMW brand, and how the M5 evolved to the car it is today.