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With its dual-faceted capability of being sensible saloon and a track machine, the BMW M5 is the answer to all your driving needs.

06 May 2019

Mondays can be such a drag. After a long day of meetings and conference calls, being stuck in the 6:00pm jam on the Pan-Island Expressway is making me restless and frustrated. Friday cannot come quickly enough, when I can finally head up to Sepang for an open track day.  

But, as I creep along with traffic and think about what's for dinner, I'm immensely glad that I'm behind the wheel of the BMW M5 - a car equally at home on the highway as it is on the race track. 

With its sharp yet understated looks, the M5 functions as a sensible business saloon
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The problem with most performance cars is that they lack the necessary comfort, practicality and subtlety to be able to drive them daily. The M5 begs to differ. 

In the 'Comfort' setting, the ride is pliant and forgiving, the steering light, and the car's overall demeanour is highly civil. And, especially with the exhaust button set to 'off', the M5 is surprisingly quiet on the trot. There's still undoubtedly an immense amount of power available anytime I need it, but most of the time the car just behaves like a sensible family saloon.

Driven lightly, the M5 capable of surprising comfort and civility
Of course, a daily car needs to be able to do 'mundane' things like bringing the family around, shopping for groceries, or heading out to catch a movie. In these regards, the M5 is certainly capable. The cabin is spacious and easily accommodates the kids, the 530-litre boot more than sufficient for all my hauling needs, and the car is as practical to use as a standard 5 Series in just about every way.

Most importantly, I appreciate the M5 for its understated looks. Especially clad in this sleek dark grey, the car easily blends in with the raft of other business saloons in the office carpark. 

Unleashing the M5's immense power and dynamic capability is just one button press away
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However, once I'm able to take a breather for work, I can then exploit the other facet of the M5's personality - breath-taking performance and sensational handling.

By simply hitting one of the two bright red M buttons on the steering wheel, the M5 immediately transforms into a mean monster. The twin-turbocharged V8 sends 591bhp and 750Nm of torque to all four wheels, and the the century sprint takes just 3.4 seconds. The intense acceleration is accompanied by a rowdy soundtrack complete with all manner of pop and crackle.

With its sharp handling, immaculate balance and tight chassis, the M5 is a consummate track weapon
However, beyond just sheer accelerative might, where the M5 truly excels is its immaculate handling. Despite its significant size and weight, the M5 corners with shocking agility and immediacy. This is undoubtedly a consummate track weapon. 

And of course, there's the 'M2' button for when I'm feeling particularly frisky - set up with all the electronic aids off and power sent purely to the rear wheels. Some call it 'drift mode', I call it 'being an idiot' mode. 

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From work day to track day, the BMW M5 has got it all covered
The beauty of the BMW M5 isn't just its ability to immediately transform from sensible saloon to riotous racer in a blink of an eye. It's the fact that you can do both immediately one after the other - drive like a sensible human being to a track, thrash it around, and then drive back home in a quiet and relaxed manner. 

Ah, Friday cannot come quickly enough. But it's back to work on Monday. It's okay, the M5 will take me all the way. What more could you possibly ask for from your everyday car?
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