Demons, duds & debutants
THOSE wanting to nab a brand new fifth-generation BMW M5 will have to get in quick.
Munichís powered down the F10 M5ís factory line as it readies its rumoured all-wheel drive monster replacement, leaving availability to sales yard stock.
This wraps up a six-year journey for the powerful sedan, which debuted in 2011. It arrived with an upgraded version of the X5Mís 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 mated to a uniquely-tuned seven-speed dual clutch and electronically-controlled rear diff.
Known internally as the ĎS63TUí, the engine introduced a higher redline, bigger compressors and intercoolers, along with 412kW and 680Nm.
It was enough for critics to quickly revere and fear It was enough for critics to quickly revere and fear the M5, but buyers were treated to more power when the Competition Package Ė which boosted power by 11kW and sharpened the carís suspension Ė was made standard in 2013.
Since then, splitting the M5 line-up into two variants has kept interest fresh in the aging Autobahn crusher. A Pure variant joined the range in late 2015, and the badge applied its traditional back-to-basics approach to the M5.
By foregoing expensive interior trim, fancier seats and doors, and the Competition Package, it slashed $45K from the regular ask. At $185,000, Australians were treated to a price for the M5 it hadnít seen since the E39-series atmo V8 model.
As a result demand for BMWís M5 has remained strong up until this year. BMW moved four M5s in January, or 5 per cent of overall 5 Series sales (80 units), and continues 2016ís trend of average monthly M5 sales.
monthly M5 sales.
As the new 5 Series arrives on local shores, interest turns to the Frankfurt motor show this September where weíll be treated to our first look at the brandís next AMG E63 S rival.
WINNERS AND LOSERS OF JAN 2017
CAR DEC JAN YTD YTD +/- Audi A8 6 0 0 -100% Caterham 0 0 0 -100% Maserati 5 0 0 -100% Morgan Classics 0 0 0 -100% Porsche Panamera 0 0 0 -100% BMW 7 Series 49 9 9 -68% Infiniti Q70 20 2 2 -67% Lotus Exige 0 1 1 -67% Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 4 2 2 -66% Audi TT 40 13 13 -65%
CAR DEC JAN YTD YTD +/- MB C-Class Coupe/Conv 323 255 255 >999% Jaguar XF 50 17 17 750% Jaguar XJ Series 2 3 3 200% Infiniti Q60 5 5 5 150% Mercedes-Benz E-Class 124 154 154 141% Lotus Elise 0 2 2 100% BMW 5 Series 31 80 80 95% McLaren Coupe/Conv 30 9 9 80% Audi A4 324 234 234 60% Nissan GT-R 11 8 8 60%
Audi RS3 Sedan New alloy five-pot drops into four-door RS.
BMW M760Li xDrive Firmís quasi-M7 arrives with twin-turbo V12.
HSV GTSR W1 The ultimate lion.
Audi TT RS Flagship coupe arrives with hot alloy five-pot.
Audi RS4 Drops V8 grunt for Porscheís twin-turbo V6.
Audi R8 Spyder Rag-top V10 rocket.
Bentley Supersports W12 cops more power and extra trinkets.
BMW M5 Lighter, tighter, with same bruising 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8.
Ferrari GTC4Lusso T The bread van returns.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Combines GT3 RS chassis with Turbo S-beating power.
Holden Commodore New European-built Commodore arrives.
Honda Civic Type R Manic turbo front-driver arrives on Aussie shores.
Hyundai i30 N Hyundaiís first proper attempt at a hot hatch.
Kia Stinger GT A rear-drive, twin-turbo V6 to get excited about.
Lexus LC500 All-new Lexus flagship.
McLaren 720S Next generation of brandís Super Series.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe No longer based on the C-Class platform.
Mercedes-AMG E63 S Drift-ready super sedan.
Mercedes-AMG GT C Steals a few GT R bits.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Packs 500kW to hit 100km/h in 3.4sec Range Rover SVAutobiography Land Rover slips SVR engine into its flagship.