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It seems that with the launch of every all-new, BMW M product there's a controversy.

While some may say the changes aren't a big deal, in actuality they are. 

That's because the M brand used to stand for something. Essentially, these were BMW's cars that were meant to be cultivated with driving purity in mind. These days the M is really meant for marketing.

With the latest M5, it too has stirred the pot. That's because it comes equipped with all-wheel drive and also makes use of a torque converter automatic — manual isn't an option this 'go around. 

I've learned something though. Not to judge a book by its cover. When the X5 M and X6 M came out I was very harsh; however, when I drove them I fell in love. 

So, what's the all-new, BMW M5 REALLY like? Our friends at CAR Magazine weigh in, below. See the end result now.



Verdict

The new BMW M5 is an extremely likeable car, for an admittedly extremely large price.

Handling is intuitive, communicative and confidence-inspiring – impressive for a big, heavy, extremely powerful car. In 4WD mode, it still feels very much a rear-biased car, and the option to swap into a fully rear-drive setting gives owners a whole extra dimension to explore on track should they wish.

It's more demure, less extrovert in character, than the AMG E63, but every bit as much fun.

M Divionistas can rest easy – AWD hasn’t spoiled the M5.



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