The BMW M5 is a very expensive car. Six years ago the F10 M5 cost £73,000 basic. Back in 2005 the V10-engined E60 M5 was £63,000. This one is £89,645 before you’ve stuck an option on it.
I tried to resist when speccing this one for its time in the Top Gear Garage, but you have to have the sports exhaust (£1,100) and a car this heavy needs a set of carbon ceramic brakes (£7,495).
I would have done without the £1,195 Comfort Pack (heated seats and steering wheel, plus display key), but I wanted the split-fold seats it includes to add a measure of estate-style practicality. I’m a sucker for a wagon. You can’t have the M5 as one, more’s the pity. The soft-close doors, cooled, massage seats and perfumed air of the £1,995 Premium pack I probably could (and should) have done without. Why? Because the M5 is a sodding super saloon, not a luxury car.