The Essays of Sohail Ayari
The BMW 5 Series is a large sedan that has been on the market for many years and regularly competes with the Mercedes E-Class or Audi A6. As is the case with these competitors, it is also available in a sporty version called the M5 after it passed into the hands of Motorsport. Early in its career it developed 600 hp before experiencing developments such as the Competition with 625 hp. and now the CS, the most radical version with 635 hp.
Aesthetically, there’s no real difference except for that exclusive body color called ‘Frozen Deep Green metallic’, as well as the 20-inch bronze wheels. Finally, the main one is in the series of tires with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa, which are soft tires. This M5 has also undergone a slight weight loss treatment with a 70kg loss on the scales thanks to the use of carbon.
On a mechanical level, we find under the hood a bi-turbo V8 that now develops 635 hp, up 10 hp. more than Competition. The torque value of 750 Nm does not change. Performance is top notch with carbon ceramic brakes as standard. The suspensions have been reworked, but above all, the M5 retains one of its main features, namely the ability for the driver to choose the type of power and torque distribution in either four-wheel drive, sport four-wheel drive or pure driving.
All this is therefore very attractive on paper and worthy of a true sports car, but enough to tempt our in-house driver Sohail Ayari? Answer to the Ferté Gaucher circuit.
Price of our test model: 207,085 euros
The BMW M5 CS retails “basically” at €199,900. One would think it would be equipped for that price with all possible upgrades. Well no! Thus, our model was specially equipped in addition to the full leather interior with red contrast (€3750), heat insulating glass (€470), ceramic interior applications (€660), the TVplus function (€1250) and maintenance for 3 years or 200,000 km (985 euros), i.e. a total of €7,185 in options for a total bill of €207,085.
Our warmest thanks to Circuit de la Ferté Gaucher, who once again gave us a warm welcome.
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