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    First Drive: 2006 BMW M5

    "With its 5.0-litre, V-10 engine generating more than 100-horsepower per litre and 384 lb.-ft. of torque, the new BMW M5 has enough grunt to light up the tires in first, second and third gears from its seven-speed sequential manual gearbox - and reach 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, reports Paul Williams."

    CanadianDriver.com M5 test

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    More pics

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    The AMG view

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    Thanks for the pics temm.

    It might be a wonderful car to drive, as most BMW sport products are, but regarding looks this car is plain vulgar. The front and rear bumpers are so cheap tuning looking , it reminds those lousy tuning companies that like to mess with the original balanced lines. The exhaust seems to be 20 cms out of the bumper, making it looking real pimp

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    temm said:
    The AMG view



    Very funny

    It will be an incredible performer, the absolute refference for its class, buthat a shame its soooo ugly, inside and specially outside. There is just no getting around its looks

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    J.Seven said:
    but regarding looks this car is plain vulgar. The front and rear bumpers are so cheap tuning looking , it reminds those lousy tuning companies that like to mess with the original balanced lines.




    A bit like this car then?

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    carlos fromspain said:
    It will be an incredible performer, the absolute refference for its class, buthat a shame its soooo ugly, inside and specially outside. There is just no getting around its looks



    The looks of the M5 is growing on me, especially after seeing what looks like the official press pictures, but I will reserve final jugdement until I see it live.

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    Oh I forgot, it sounds quite amazing too
    (Click on the attachment)

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    This is what the M5 launch control sounds like

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    A bit like this car then?



    This Porsche it's a race car, it has to look like it, not only for design proposes but because the wings and spoilers are there to do their job, keep the car planted to the road, althought I don't aprecciated either.
    It's not a vulgar sedan 5 series trying to look sporty. Look at the E55, and I'm only talking about looks , it's way more charming than the M5.
    At least Bangle forgot to drop a rear spoiler like the old model, it would be the final bimbo touch.

    Don't take me wrong, I like what BMW makes with their cars, powerful engines, very good handling, good build quality and so on, but ever since Bangle took control of the design area, their cars lost on my eyes, all the glamour they used to have regarding looks. The 7 series is a joke, the new 3 series form the rear looks like a Nissan Primera, and the 1 series is very weird fromn any angle you look at it. If I start talking about the interior a better stop.



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    I was only joking, I know the GT3 Cup is a track car

    I completely agree that the new 3-series looks just like the Primera from behind, not impressed by that!

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    The car still looks ugly to me, though it would the best looking BMW from its current product line. Mr. Bangle should start designing spacecrafts...

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    carlos fromspain said:
    It will be an incredible performer, the absolute refference for its class, buthat a shame its soooo ugly, inside and specially outside. There is just no getting around its looks



    What did you expect? It's a new BMW after all...

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    temm said:
    A bit like this car then?


    Yeah, sure, you can really compare a racecar with a sedan

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    Just saw Autocar 9/14/04 review of M5. Noted brakes were described as inadequate for 4000+lb car. Recall numerous tests of M3CSL also ridiculing brakes' quick fading under track/mountain driving use. Why is BMW so weak in the brakes area? Can't they buy/rent P brake tech (sort of like MB's collaboration w/P on 500E back in early 90s)?

    And given M3 engine is still being recalled for extensive repair/retrofit work 3-4 yrs post-intro, when can we expect BMW to debug this seemingly super-complex M5 engine? Do we need to wait for MY09 M5 before engines stop blowing up? Those 3-series loaner cars just don't seem very appealing stopgaps as one awaits a donor engine for an engine transplant.....

    0-200 time

    Not sure whether the number has been posted before. But apparently, the official 0-200 km/h figure for the new M5 is 14.4 secs.

    Not bad, but also not too impressive given the short gearing of the 7 speed gear box and 507hp.

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    http://www.einszweidrei.de/mercedes/e55amg2003-1.htm

    E55 does 0-200km/hr in 14.6. The performance of these cars is so similar you can't go wrong with either one. It all comes down to taste. I must admit that racing-developed V10 from the M5 is a magnificent engine and has recieved a lot of good press. But Audi has made another 5.0 V10 with 500hp and 500NM, why doesn't that recieve much praise?

     
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