To many, the 1999 to 2003 E39 BMW M5 is the best sedan BMW’s ever built. With its powerful naturally aspirated V8 engine, lovely six-speed manual, and incredible agility all built into a practical and downright gorgeous package, it remains a benchmark even today. But does that legendary status justify this $176,000…
The McLaren F1, also known as The Gold Standard By Which All Other Cars Are Measured, famously has 627 horsepower raging out of its naturally-aspirated BMW V12. For the turbo BMW V8 in the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition, it has slightly fewer horsepower. In fact, just two fewer horsepower. It has 625 horsepower.
“This is one bad bitch,” the valet said as he pulled the Marina Bay Blue 2018 BMW M5 out of the bowels of the parking garage on Manhattan’s West Side for me.
The 2018 BMW M5 is an utter sledgehammer of a car. When you push the throttle, it doesn’t just accelerate, it seizes you by your lower jaw and rips you, screaming, through the cosmos. It’s really quite pleasant. A cure for old age, I daresay.
The current-generation, 2018 BMW M5 is a 600-horsepower, AWD war hammer that really does feel like it can take on anything on the road and win. What do you want to know about it?
I had a 2006 BMW M5 with more than 180,000 miles dialed up in my possession the past four months or so. Well, until Sunday. It was fast, loud, fun to drive, and honestly, in pretty desperate need of repair. Instead of doing those repairs, I decided I’d trade the car for a much better car, a 2002 Honda S2000, that…
Here at Jalopnik, we love seeing some really crazy builds. Cars are largely very boring these days, so anything that comes along that makes us stop and go, huh, is appreciated. Today’s spectacle? A BMW V10 engine stuffed into a Lotus Elise. Hell. Yes.
The 2019 BMW M5 Competition is the one with black-chrome kidney grilles that you buy when you want a faster, louder and visibly more expensive car. It’s like an ///M version of the ///M version because we live in branding hell.
Did you just drop over $100,000 on a 2018 BMW M5? If you did, I’ve got some bad news: it is now slow and dated. You should have waited for the BMW M5 with the Competition Package, which would make your stupidly powerful German luxury sedan one-tenth of a second quicker.
I know every time we do this, it’s an act of wild optimism, but we have had some success finding stolen cars, so I always figure it’s worth a try, right? This time the stolen car is a beautiful and very well-sorted BMW E39 M5, and it was last seen in Amsterdam. The car was this man’s pride and joy, and his little son…
I’ve been complaining about the glum, pervasive monochrome-tyranny of car colors in America (and much of the world), and just when I’ve almost given up hope that my son will ever see a modern car in some color other than Totalitarian Gray or Ennui White, the 2018 BMW M5 gets a whole candy-coated wonderland. Hot damn.
It’s easy to get jaded about BMW these days. Even though the automaker builds things that range from the objectively excellent to the genuinely interesting, it often feels like that driving passion that made it famous gets lost in a sea of bland crossovers. It’s also because BMW set an awfully high bar for itself once.
Once upon a time, BMW set a Guinness World Record for longest drift. Toyota then beat it twice in three years. So, because bragging rights are very serious in the car world, BMW decided to shatter both records without the modifications allowed to make the drift go more smoothly. That required some creativity.
Do you guys have a favorite M5? Because I do. I love the E60-generation, the one with the V10. If, next time you’re at a fancy dinner party and are trying to impress someone, this video will help you with a quick rundown of all the M5s ever made. You’ll make friends instantly!
Remember that cool, retro-looking boutique car that had a screaming BMW V10 under the hood? It was called the GT MF5 and made by Wiesmann, a German automaker that specialized in hand-built custom cars. Which is a highly lucrative business endeavor!
Hey, you! You in that white BMW E60 M5 with the single greatest vanity license plate ever. We see you. And we love you (and your car).
Here it is, officially: the new 2018 BMW M5. The sixth generation of the biggest and baddest M-car sedan doesn’t look terribly different from the F10 generation, but it is, and it’s more powerful and has some fancy drivetrain tech too.