The M5 comes with a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 producing 560 horsepower, or 575 with the optional Competition Package. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission is standard, but you can still order a six-speed manual as a no-cost option.
The M5 comes standard with a lot of performance, for sure. It also includes 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and wood trim, adaptive damping with adjustable driving modes, 20-way power front seats, 16-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio and navigation.
The Competition Package raises engine output to 575 horsepower, and adds 20-inch wheels, as well as tuning the steering, suspension and throttle responses for more aggressive driving. On the luxury front, the Executive Package includes full LED exterior lighting, a head-up display, soft-close doors, a power trunk lid and active and ventilated front seats.
Other options include the manual transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, blind-spot monitors, surround-view cameras, night vision camera and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The Competition Package is worth its $7,300 if you value the added grip and precision, but no M5 is a slouch by any means. The ceramic brakes, on the other hand, might be worth their enormous $9,250 price because of their more consistent stopping performance. Because as much as you want to go fast in a car such as this, you should want to stop a car like this just as much.
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