In Reply to: for those who have driven 540i 6 sport and M5... posted by Ran on December 08, 2000 at 09:05:50:
One of the biggest surprises fro me was the level of finish of the interior. It is much higher than any BMW I have been in. Go for the extended leather option and the alcantara headliner. It is a definite upgrade and it is surprising that a car of this caliber is "only" $72,000.
I am considering the M5 instead of the M3 due to the delay. However I will not be able to test drive an M5. I drove the 540i 6 speed with sport and it had some neat power in 3rd but the ride and handling were not enough for me. In my opinion atleast the ride of my 328i sport E46 was a bit firmer than the 540i 6 sport and of course my 98 M3 is expectedly even better and firmer. Obviously the M5 will be more to my liking but is it substantially more firmer in suspension and does it have substantially more road feel than the 540i 6 sport - also for those who know, is it substantially firmer than the E46 328i sport too. I know it will probably not compare in steering because of the recirculating type rather than rack and pinion but.. what about all other issues and do they compensate atleast some for the steering too. Most important is turns, road feel etc.
Thanks for any and all constructive feedback.