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author photo by Autotrader April 2016

The 2016 BMW M5 super sedan has everything a sports car and a luxury car really needs. The cabin is packed to the gills with comfort and convenience features. The suspension can cover ground from flat-attitude cornering to picking-up-Mom-from-the-airport suppleness. The many safety features on offer keep everyone protected. And the engine has more than sufficient power to move all of the above at ridiculous speeds.

In BMW world, a single M indicates a high-performance version. In this case, it's the 5 Series that has the extra power, plus all of the necessary suspension, braking, aerodynamic and accommodation upgrades. This generation of 5 Series demonstrates a shift away from the enthusiast and more toward the luxury buyer. The current M5 also tries to be more things to more people -- it turns out that many of those things are absolutely awesome.

What's New for 2016?

Enhanced USB and Bluetooth are now standard, providing voice control for contacts and music, mobile office functions (text, email, calendar, tasks and voice memos) and the ability to sync up a second smartphone. A power tailgate has also become standard.

What We Like

Huge power; amazing handling; high-quality interior; fantastic front seats; full range of technology offerings; availability of a manual transmission

What We Don't

Less exuberant than previous M5s; much cheaper 550i uses a similar engine

How Much?

$95,095

Fuel Economy

A twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 provides 560 horsepower (575 hp with the Competition package) and 500 lb-ft of torque. BMW's usual transmission for the car is a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual, but a 6-speed conventional manual is offered as an option. The M5 is rear-wheel-drive only.

With the automated manual, fuel consumption is 14 miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg combined. When you substitute the old-school manual, things improve to 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The well-stocked 2016 BMW M5 ($95,095) comes standard with 19-inch wheels, an M-tuned sport suspension with forged aluminum components, electronically adjustable dampers, hydraulic power steering, adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, fog lights, keyless entry/starting, heated 20-way multicontour sport front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio with hard-drive storage and the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-in widescreen display.

Add the Competition package, and hp increases to 575, while equipment changes include black chrome tail pipes, 20-in wheels, an even sportier suspension and an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential. Optional carbon-ceramic brakes cost as much as a decent used car, but their fade-free performance will be a boon on the track.

A Bang & Olufsen audio system can replace the standard Harman Kardon setup, while an entertainment system with twin screens can be added for rear passengers. The Executive package throws in LED headlights with automatic high beams, quad-zone climate control, a head-up display, power-closing doors, a heated steering wheel and heated/massaging front seats. There's also an infrared-based night vision/pedestrian-detection system on the options list.

The M5's donor car, the 5 Series, is based on the previous-generation 7 Series, but its rear seat is much less accommodating. Adults will be fine in the back row, but the bench is on the low side, and legroom isn't as ample as the car's substantial dimensions might suggest.

The trunk officially measures 14 cu ft., which is low for a midsize sedan. It's a practical shape, though, with plenty of depth.

Safety

The M5 is part of the BMW 5 Series lineup, so it comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain).

The optional Driver Assistance Plus package brings a blind spot monitoring system, a frontal collision-mitigation system, side-view and top-view parking cameras, speed-limit information and a driver-fatigue monitor.

In government crash testing, the current 5 Series received a perfect five stars overall, including four stars for front protection and five stars for side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 5 Series its highest rating of Good in almost every tested category; the small-overlap frontal impact test result earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal.

Behind the Wheel

The multicontour sport seats are, in the grand tradition of M5 seats, incredible. They hug in all the right places, and the wide range of adjustments ensures everyone can get comfortable behind the wheel. The gauges sport BMW's classic white-on-black theme, changing to orange on black at night. Interior materials are superb, while the subtle dashboard design is equal parts functional and classy. The standard widescreen iDrive display is nicely integrated and helps give the cabin a thoroughly modern feel.

The M5's massive thrust is a dominant force. The twin-turbo V8 has so much torque that it makes whatever gear you're in almost irrelevant. If you let loose at a drag strip, the M5 is impossibly swift for a 4,300-lb luxury sedan, charging through a quarter mile at more than 120 miles per hour -- fast enough to embarrass plenty of sports machines. Unfortunately, like most turbocharged motors, it starts to run out of steam earlier than its indicated 7,200-revolutions-per-minute redline.

In terms of handling, the M5 doesn't fully engage its driver, but the suspension and steering systems are still phenomenally capable. Around town, you may have to play with the electronically adjustable dampers, but once you've dialed in the right setting, the M5 will glide over bumps like the luxury sedan it fundamentally is.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 -- The E63 follows the same path as the M5, switching to a twin-turbocharged V8, which is in this case an incredible 5.5-liter unit. Standard all-wheel drive adds a new element versus the rear-drive M5.

2016 Porsche Panamera -- A powerful Panamera S goes for M5 money. While the S doesn't offer M5-grade acceleration, it feels sharper through the corners. It also has an executive-approved back seat.

Used BMW ALPINA B7 -- With a larger cabin and a slightly less amped-up character, the ALPINA B7 shines as a gracefully tuned version of the V8-powered 750i.

Autotrader's Advice

Despite the obviously fun combination of 560 hp and a 6-speed manual transmission, the fast-shifting automated manual really offers the best of both worlds and will make the M5 easier to move on at resale time.

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