The 2013 BMW M5 has been criticized routinely in reviews and comparison tests by sources such as Edmunds InsideLine and Car and Driver for its lack of driver involvement, poor driving dynamics, and numb steering - characteristics that BMW, and most certainly its hallmark M GmbH division, used to earn praise globally for.
In fact, those characteristics were the ones that BMW's reputation was built on. The company's slogan is, after all, "The Ultimate Driving Machine."
Compared against the 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS, the 2013 BMW M5 faces a tall order. After all, it is Porsche who's reputation is based on building some of the world's best driving cars ranging from its classic 911 line all the way through the Boxster, Cayman, and Cayenne models. The Panamera continues the classic Porsche driving tradition in grand fashion. The car is truly an engaged dance partner offering its driver intense feedback, lithe dynamics, and the feeling of driving a car half its size.
Did Motor Trend find the 2013 BMW M5 different from other reviewers who criticized its dynamics, handling, and feedback? Sadly, for BMW, the answer is a definite "No."