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    A little anecdote...X5M vs. CLS 55 AMG

    Yesterday, I had to drive to Munich together with a colleague. I was driving in my X5 M, he was using his Mercedes CLS 55 AMG. On the Autobahn, whenever he fully accelerated, I was right behind him. Side by side, he wasn't able to drive faster, up to 230 kph on the speedo (it was a lot of traffic).

    Long story short: when we stopped at a parking lot near Munich, the first thing he asked me was "what the heck did you do with your Diesel" ?

    Diesel ? He didn't know I was driving a X5 M (he never asked and I never bragged about it) and was completely shocked why he wasn't able to drive away.

    I don't know the performance numbers of the CLS 55 AMG, all I can get was the 0-100 kph figure which is the same as on the X5 M. Up to 230 kph on the speedo, we were head to head, no difference. Pretty impressive for a "truck". 

    One thing, his CLS 55 AMG was doing much better though: whenever he accelerated, I heard the nicest and loudest V8 grumble sound, even inside my X5 M with closed windows. Almost perfect. Smiley


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Turbo, BMW X5 M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S JCW


    Re: A little anecdote...X5M vs. CLS 55 AMG

    lol, can you imagine your collegues face and thoughts when he realises that '3.0d' doesn't lose ground to his 5.4 Kompressor. That must have felt bad

    Off-topic: Is there anyone working on a solution for the X5M sound-issue? I've heard an Eisenmann effort lately and it literally sounded like a souped up Golf GTI!

     


    Re: A little anecdote...X5M vs. CLS 55 AMG

    RC:

    One thing, his CLS 55 AMG was doing much better though: whenever he accelerated, I heard the nicest and loudest V8 grumble sound, even inside my X5 M with closed windows. Almost perfect. Smiley

     

    That's because you haven't heard mine.Smiley


    Re: A little anecdote...X5M vs. CLS 55 AMG

    kinda appropriate to put this here, a guy on another forum used to own a souped-up 996TT and sold it to buy a V8 Vantage which he just got supercharged, here is the video AM V8 vs. 996TT stage4

     James Bond music Smiley  (I wonder how many Aston owners play bond CD's while driving.

     


    Re: A little anecdote...X5M vs. CLS 55 AMG

    All the aftermarket solutions I heard so far are not good. They actually make the X5 M exhaust sound louder but not better. 

    My contact at M GmbH also didn't reply anymore to my exhaust sound requests, so I suppose nothing is going to happen anymore. I'm quite disappointed. 

    I can guarantee to BMW: if they deliver the same exhaust/engine sound with the new M5, they are going to loose customers on this one.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Turbo, BMW X5 M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S JCW


    Re: A little anecdote...X5M vs. CLS 55 AMG

    I have to agree, the CLS55 makes the nicest sound, even my wife thinks it sounded 'good' not 'noisy'

    I am guessing you are very happy with the anonymous look of your debadged X5M? Even you colleague who drives one of the best sports sedan doesn't recognize you have a sleeper.

    I think you really should slap on the diesel badge to complete the look. A diesel X5 with the M Sport package, no one is going to give your car a second look.


    Re: A little anecdote...X5M vs. CLS 55 AMG

    I was thinking about slapping on the diesel badge for the ultimate stealth look but on the other hand, I don't want people to think that I want to "trick" them into believing something else. My dealer was right...nobody recognizes the "M", so why bother adding a diesel badge to the car ?!

    Yes, I love the understatement look and feel but this doesn't mean that people don't like the car. Just a moment ago, a customer told me what a beautiful X5 I have without that look in the face my customers had in the past when they mentioned the Cayenne. 

    Like I said before...in Bavaria, the X5 is some sort of Volks-SUV. Smiley

    Btw: one of my wife's patients just ordered a X5 M too after he saw our X5 M in front of her office. He also looked at the Audi Q7 and the new Cayenne but especially the Cayenne is missing that "beefy" look he loves on a SUV. The new Cayenne looks too "japanese" to him. Smiley 


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 997 Turbo, BMW X5 M, BMW M3 Cab DKG, Mini Cooper S JCW


     
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