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Before spending money, try Viper and, if you can (archive)

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Posted by Stepan on January 30, 2000 at 20:33:54:

In Reply to: Just tried M5............oh boy... posted by The Doc on January 30, 2000 at 12:07:14:

: I have been very happy with my silver E39 540iA......its loaded with all the goodies - 18" Alpinas, Carin522 sat/nav, white lenses, Swichtronic and so on. I think that, with one proviso, the 540 is a great car.

: My reservation is that it is a dull drive. Sure, you feel classy and ever so rich when you cruise around the streets, and I never found it wanting for performance in absolute terms. Its just that what it does, it does ever so politely...if you get my drift.

: Now, I was driving past my local BMW dealer and spotted a new M5 in what I think is called Silverstone blue....a light metalic colour. What a sexy little beast. So I turned in to the forecourt, spoke to a salesman, and, 10 minutes later was given the keys to test the beast.

: Initial impressions compared with the 540? Well, much more direct and better weighted steering, a symphony of an exhaust noise and performance in an entirely different world from my 540. Outstanding.

: Am I going for bet.

find one, supercharged 4.0 liter 740i or 540i.
I did ... (1993 740i). Mother of God ...

Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that you should get Viper. The sensation of driving SC 740 was very close to one of driving Viper: the "ass dyno" was registering comparable amounts of pressure. I did not drive M5 but, judjing by 1/4 mile times, M5 does not stand a chance.


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