YouTuber Smitten with 2019 BMW M5 Competition’s 616 Horsepower

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Driving the ultimate F90 can leave even the most seasoned reviewer speechless. 

Sometimes, you just can’t help yourself. British-based YouTube reviewer Joe Achilles got a 2019 BMW M5 Competition in Marina Bay Blue Metallic to review for a week.  But instead of waiting to do a full review carving the roads of Wales, he decided to shoot a quick impressions video as soon as BMW dropped the car off. We don’t blame him. In fact, we would’ve done the same damn thing.

In short, this M5 Competition is loaded. Inside, there’s Silverstone Merino leather, BMW’s premium package (ventilated/massaging seats, soft-close doors), and the comfort package (heated steering wheel, tinted windows). Under the hood, there’s the optional £1,025 ($1,300) carbon fiber engine cover, the £7,000 ($9,000) ceramic brake package, and Pirelli P-Zeros. List price £110,000, or about $142k.

2019 BMW M5 Competition

After a quick rundown of the car’s interior (“it’s a really nice interior, it’s beautiful,” he says), Joe fires it up, revs the engine, then takes off for a drive. “I figure that before going into town and London traffic,” he says, ” I just needed to take it out for a quick drive around my local roads.” Finding some less populated streets, he opens up that 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and gets the most out of its 616 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque.

“Oh wow, it’s quick,” he says as he really steps on the gas for the first time. “It makes some good sounds. It really does.” Then, laughter. Lots of laughter. The sound, the speed, the handling, it’s clear that it wins him over pretty quickly. “This thing is like a caged animal,” he says. To us, that could be the most apt description of the M5 Competition that we’ve heard.

Reviewer Joe Achilles in a 2019 BMW M5 Competition

The rest of the video is a man falling in love with the king of the hill F90. And, of course, we can’t blame him. The newest M5, especially in Competition trim, is arguably the greatest M5 ever built. Yes, it’s big, expensive, and heavy, but it excels at everything it does. If you don’t own one, but would like to watch one doing pulls in the British countryside, you won’t want to miss this video. Based on this first drive, we can’t wait for the full review.

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James Derek Sapienza has worked as a writer and editor in the world of automotive journalism since 2015.

He has a BS in History at SUNY Brockport, with a focus on American popular culture. A fan of the classics with a special interest in German cars, he is a proud owner of a 1991 W124 Mercedes. He is a frequent contributor to Mustang Forums, MBWorld, 5Series, Rennlist, and more.

Sapienza can be reached at [email protected]

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