Written on: 16/03/2003 by Ade. (1 review written)
Makes you smile a lot, awesome performance, amazing handling, comfort, cool looks, pleasure to own.
you can get 34 miles per gallon, but I don't see why you should want to . . . .
When you have owned a few really nice cars, you tend to notice that there is a league table. This league table is split into three, generally speaking. In each league there is a'genre' of vehicle. In the lowest league you get cars that neither inspire or satisfy the soul. They do their job with no character, they just are good cars. In the middle league, they start giving a taste of that 'X Plus'. They will do something very well and deliver more than the they promise on the can. Then you have the league all manufacturers aspire to. In this league you have those very special cars that do so much, so well, that they stand so far above the crowd that no matter what the seasoned critics or reviewers write, you can really only appreciate the experience from behind the wheel.
Having just bought a 2001 Le Mans Blue M5, I can tell you this is true. I read all the reviews I could find before spending my £36 grand on my 14 month old piece of automotive viagra and nothing prepares you for the experience.
Let me wallow in it for a moment . . when people ask you always explain it is 5 litres of 400 brake horsepower 32 valve BMW, followed by a sinister little chuckle. Women get squidgy, guys get jealous, hot-hatchers get annoyed and Porsche/Ferrari owners dont bother just in case. If you need the numbers, read a review from a magazine for the 0-60 in 4.8, the 100 in 11.5 and 1/4 in 13.3. What they cant explain is the feeling you get driving an M5. Authority, ability, safety, and an immense turn on caused by the sheer contempt that this car has for the limits you normally expect. The M5 owner is privileged to experience what is lauded as the best saloon car in the world. I've had a few, and I agree. Wholeheartedly. Get one now.
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