Frankfurt Motor Show: BMW M5


Thank goodness for the BMW 520d, because if it wasn't for the most unglamorous version of the 5 Series selling like beige slacks in M&S, BMW wouldn't be able to justify the M5.

And here it is, finally, in all its official production specification glory.

With four doors and an area for storing stuff in called a 'boot', yet a supercar-esque 552bhp from a twin turbo V8, the M5 is every car to every man and woman. Except for the man or woman who doesn't like spending money on petrol.

We already know plenty about the car, and have done for a while, but that didn't stop us gawking at it for some time on its Frankfurt stand.

We can confirm that yes, it does look better in real life than the pictures suggest, with a almost passive aggressive aesthetic. The opposite of something like this.

Click the first link up there to get all the info on the car – Frankfurt hasn't given us anything new to tell – but if you haven't got time for that, here's the spec sheet:

Price: £73,040
Power: 552bhp@5,750rpm
Torque: 501lb/ft@1,500rpm
Transmission: seven-speed dual clutch automatic
0-62mph: 4.4 seconds
Top speed: 155mph (limited)
On sale: November 2011