The original supersaloon and, for many, still the best. While the recipe has altered to some extent over the years - with six-, eight- and ten-cylinder configurations - the fundamentals of a great M5 have remained: handsome, confident 5 Series body, tangible (yet subtle) M dynamic genius underneath and a howitzer of an engine lodged up near the roundel. That the M5 recipe is not a complex one - fast, luxurious four-door saloon with a hooligan nature - means it’s often been copied. But as a product and a legacy, the M5 has not yet been matched.
The latest F90 Competition is formidable with a capital ‘F’. Power is beyond 600hp for the first time, with a whip-crack eight-speed auto and smart all-wheel drive getting it to the road. It has the computing abilities of GCHQ, the clean, cool luxury ambience of a Soho Farmhouse and the stomach-churning speed of a supercar. With that unrivalled heritage factored in, an M5 remains a supersaloon par excellence. With used Competitions having plummeted to almost £60k, too, a BMW M5 is remarkable value given the talents on offer.