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BMW has just introduced the all new M5 to its M performance range, this one is the most powerful car ever, and its a four door saloon! 600 bhp and supercar performance make this a very special car and the opportune time to make use of the Summer with a trip to the seaside...
Barretts BMW Ashford put together a tricolour of M cars for todays car photography shoot, the new M5 was in a dark metallic individual blue, the M3 saloon in a bold red and the M6 cabriolet in a pearlescent white. We done some car to car photos on the way down to the coastal town of Hythe, 26 degrees and the day was perfect for the M5 to show off its subtle aerodynamic features, apart from the quad exhausts, carbo ceramic brakes and a subtle boot spoiler the car is a real wolf on sheep clothing. 600 bhp, 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and a starting price of £89,705 make this car the super car bargain of the year, very few cars have the grace and elegance of this car with practicality and outright acceleration in all the car you could ever need.

The new BMW M5 has a 4.4 V8 4WD engine, you can also go for more rear wheel bias, or if you want to get back to some drifting action then you can go over to rear wheel drive, one for the purists. On the steering wheel are two red M buttons, you can store your favourite set ups under these paddles and with all of the various set ups involved it makes life a lot easier. As you would expect the car is comfortable, the new 5 series is for me at the top of the executive saloon in terms of its ride, infotainment system and refinement, and even though you have 600 horses under the bonnet BMW have made this car a sedate 4 door if you want it to be, or when you feel like it a true sports car by dialling up the M modes.

The location for the static car photography for Barretts BMW took place at the Hythe Imperial hotel, situated on the coastal road it looks out to France, which could be seen today. The Imperial Ballroom signage worked well above the M5, the car for a two tonne saloon has a balletic feel to it and although could outrun most supercars doesn't look out of place in a top end hotel.

The rolling road shots showed the individual blue paint off nicely, especially with the bright sun resplendent on the car. For the stain photos of the three cars I used the Profoto B2 and A1 to add some fill in lighting and enhance the paintwork, it also lifts the wheels and exhaust pipes nicely. Interior photos were lit with the portable A1 hand held, just to give the darker interior a lift and highlight the individual M logos that are around the car.

The BMW M5 as mentioned above starts from £89,705 and is available to view and tests rive at Barretts BMW in Ashford and Canterbury.