In celebration of Malaysia Day, over 70 BMW M high-performing cars and hundreds of M fans gathered at Pavilion, Bukit Bintang on the 16th of September.
The day began with BMW M owners as well as several members from the media, us included, gathering at Auto Bavaria Ara Damansara. Our car for the day was the F90 BMW M5 for the convoy to Pavilion.
A quick cup of coffee and a briefing later, we hopped into the BMW M5 and set off in the convoy. First impression of the M5 was how refined it is. As a performance car, it rides superbly in comfort mode, almost like a G30 5 Series in sport mode.
Push the configurable M2 button on the steering wheel and the whole car sharpens up. Steering gets weightier (but feels a little artificial), throttle response gets heightened, suspension tightens up, and the transmission goes into full attack mode.
A twitch of the right ankle is enough to see the M5 flirting with the speed limit, courtesy of the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 and its relentless push.
In what felt like a blink of an eye, we reached Pavilion and all the M cars parked alongside each other. Having over 70 BMW M cars gathered in one place was quite something to see.
Amongst the cars displayed was a BMW M4 wrapped in the livery designed by Chan Wen Bin, a Malaysian who won the BMW Motorsports livery contest. This livery will be seen on the actual BMW M4 GT4 racecar in the coming race later this year.
A few chats, lunch, and more chats later, the gathering dispersed. We drove the M5 back to Ara Damansara and called it a day.