Executives have been in a rush to make money long before fictional Wall Street warlord Gordon Gekko proclaimed, “greed is good”.
And for those in the ultimate hurry, what better than the breed of luxury car that’s become more hyperbolically described as the super-sedan.
The most famous exponent is the BMW M5, one of the German car maker’s first M cars that, when launched in 1985, claimed the mantle of world’s fastest production sedan.
Five generations and 27 years later, the latest manifestation of the king of the BMW 5 Series range is more focused on being regarded as the best production sedan in the world.
To achieve this ambition, the new BMW M5 will have to fend off two fellow corporate-car-buyer raiders: its traditional compatriot nemesis since the mid-1990s, the E-Class AMG, and a relative fresh newcomer from England, the Jaguar XFR.
There are no go-fast pinstripes on these suited and booted four-doors. Instead, each of our leather-laden muscle cars features bulked-up bodywork with more aggressive design features. Each, however, is relatively restrained (note to HSV), retaining a semblance of the elegantly styled shapes of their donor models, the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Jaguar XF.