There's little doubt that, like each and every M5 before it, the F10 M5 will be a rather handy tool. Exactly how much better it'll be than the outgoing E60 variant remains to be seen, but there's more chance of the F10 doing a vertical take-off than it being twice as good as its predecessor. However, it appears that compared with a one-year-old E60 the new car will cost around twice as much to buy.
When we recently looked at some examples of 200mph cars for under £40,000, subsequent forum comments showed the esteem in which the M5 is held.
Early examples are now well under £20,000, and for that you're still getting a car with plenty of life in it, but if you're pondering the acquisition of a new one, you might be tempted by something like this example of a later E60 M5 from our classifieds as an alternative.
So, would you be tempted, or is the allure and exclusivity of the latest M5 worth the extra outlay?