Thanks for the great welcome.
This is Fred's previous car. This car is much much different from a regular M5. There is absolutely no comparison. I had driven Fred's car just after he got it and have the following feedback:
- Dinan M5 feels lower, but not as low as a sports car (this is a good thing).
- Dinan M5 has much less body roll in corners (equivalent road holding to an M Roadster, Lotus Esprit V8 and Ferrari (I am being objective here)).
- Dinan M5 has very sharp/instant throttle response.
- UUC Short Shifter makes shifting much much better.
- Hamann exhaust note is perfect (I has a Tubi on my Ferrari, plus a 3-chamber Flowmaster cat-back on my Vette (with no resonators at one point), plus the other stock exhausts in many sports cars). The problem with almost every other exhaust is that if it sounds great while driving hard/accelerating, it is too loud while cruising on the highway, getting in the way of talking and listening to the radio/CD. This exhaust has a near ideal sound level.
- Dinan M5 has tight handling in all 4 directions, whereas I was actually disappointed with how the almost stock M5 handled (the almost stock M5 felt big and gave the feeling of the rear-end moving about behind the driver (I am exagerating a little, but it was quite noticable coming out of an M Roadster right before driving the M5)). The almost stock M5 did feel very good when its weight and size are factored in, but it was not at all in the same league as a Lotus or Ferrari.
I will provide much more detailed feedback soon, but the above is my immediate reaction.
On the whole, the Dinan M5 handling and power are extremely equivalent to the Lotus V8 and Ferrari F355 spider (actually the Dinan M5 may even feel tighter in corners, aside from a very slight feeling that there is more weight being shifted around behind your seat). Plus, the throttle response on the Dinan M5 is so sharp that I have a feeling that I could beat any car, and I mean any car, on the street.