I took my M5 out on a long drive through some interesting roads this past weekend, and spent a bunch of time with a friend and his M3. Wanted to share some impressions with the group and get feedback from anyone interested in providing it:
1. The M5 is obscenely fast. Passing slow traffic on two lane roads is what this car was built to do. Pulling out to pass I can devour an M3, I was doing things in 4th that my friend and his SMG-equipped M3 could not do at full boil.
2. The M3 sounds brilliant. Why could BMW not tune the exhaust on the M5?
3. Going down the mountain in an M5 is not so much fun. The steering is a little slow for tighter bends, and you really feel the weight transfer. The 20" wheels with their large contact patches and the suspension do their best to mask it, but when gravity is taking you down the mountain you really feel all 4,000+ lbs making themselves known.
4. Going up the mountain the M5 shrinks around you. The torque vectoring diff really works wonders and (slow steering aside) carving up makes the car feel much, much smaller.
5. The power is intoxicating. Yes, this is sort of a repeat of #1, but pulling out of slow corners is something else in this car. You dont really have to worry about your line, just get through and floor the throttle coming out.
Hope you enjoy your M5 as much as I do...
Please note that nothing in this post is meant to condone or recommend driving at anything other than legal speeds in a safe manner.