What the critics say
The 2018 BMW M5
“What a car.” The last time BMW’s performance division redesigned its supersedan, in 2011, it left drivers feeling cold. “Well, guess what? The M5 is once again completely bonkers, hair-on-fire great.” Lighter, more powerful, and “scary fast,” the 2018 model is also the first M5 with all-wheel-drive and no manual transmission. Purists will have their doubts—until they’ve driven this “supremely entertaining” supersedan.
Car and Driver
We were among those doubters, muttering profanities while reading the spec sheet. “Then we actually drove the 2018 BMW M5, and hallelujahs spilled from our lips.” The eight-speed transmission is “technically flawless,” and with a twin-turbocharged V-8 that now makes 600 hp—40 more than the outgoing model—the M5 “launches with the authority and unrelenting thrust of a Saturn V rocket.” Best of all, the M5 also feels like a well-balanced rear-wheel-drive car, because almost all power is directed to the rear axle, except when the computers sense you need bailing out.
Let’s admit it: “Most M5s will probably spend their lives valet-parked”—and that’s a shame, because on a track, “this meaty monster has more capability than any cushy five-passenger people mover has any right to.” It’s easily “one of the most capable four-door performance cars on the planet.”