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Same experience in an M5
Posted by Craig [Email] (more from Craig) on Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:37:55
In Reply to: Test drove an M3 the other day. . ., STICKMAN, Thu, 9 Feb 2012 14:15:23

I actually love the standard BMW I6 engines, but I had the opportunity to drive one of the 500hp 5L V10 M5s on a track and I was underwhelmed. Sure, it pulled liked hell...for about a second when it was near 8,000rpm. Even on a track with the SMG transmission it was hard to keep on the boil, let alone on the street. It's okay though, BMW has learned and now they're sticking turbos on their big dog cars like crazy (and now turbo 4s as their standard engines!). A 335i turbo engine is pretty satisfying. I still love their naturally aspirated engines, and feel that they're a core part of the BMW experience even when occasionally underpowered compared to their peers, but gotta compete in the horsepower wars and all. They all feel ridiculously heavy compared to by 9k (or my old '90 325i) though!

Craig

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