If you're anything like us, you're probably going to like the new M5 CS. Possibly even despite yourself. Because it's easy - advisable, even - to be cynical about large, heavy, hugely overpowered and extremely expensive German saloon cars. But sometimes they turn out to be rather more than the sum of their parts. And when those parts include a 635hp V8, that's saying something.
Chiefly the new CS achieves this by looking the absolute business. BMW has typically been at the cutting edge of getting its performance models to stand out from the crowd, which is probably why the latest M3/4 is regarded by some as such an abject failure. The F90 M5 has always had it going on in the traditional sense, but the CS is a timely reminder that M GmbH can still hit its mark when something a little bit special is required.
As we pointed out in the review last week, cute details abound. In isolation the subtle shade of paint or new splitter or bonnet vents or marginal lowering of the ride height might not mean much. But taken together with those 20-inch gold wheels and that badge, the package doesn't just pop in a car park, it goes off like a Claymore. Which does rather put you in the M5's corner when you take it for a drive.
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