The New York Times is the latest automotive publication to roll out a review of the 2013 M5 sedan and M6 coupe and convertible. Despite the laundry list of technology, a huge improvement in performance and gas mileage the M5 and engine/drive train sibling M6 continue to take the driver out of the driving experience.
Faster but Not So Furious, M Cars Slide Into Maturity
but these M’s seem to approach the outer limits of usable — especially when they only intermittently engage their driver.
One thing I never thought I’d say in my lifetime: a Mercedes, specifically the E63 AMG, whose outlaw attitude would seem well matched to a young billionaire soccer club owner, is a charming, fried-rubber yahoo compared with these BMWs.
Viewed in a vacuum, these M’s still rock the road. But in an expanding performance universe, BMW ought to question its course of making warp-speeders that shorten trips between planets but leave the drivers in suspended animation. People don’t buy fast cars to make better time, but to make their time better.
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