The E60 M5 is clearly a technological masterpiece, and a (much) faster and probably easier car (with the SMG gear) than the E39 M5.
But who aspires to change to one?
I, for one, don't. Apart from the fact that I can't afford it, the E60 doesn't "speak" to me in the same way as the E39; I find the shape of the E39 much nicer; I find the interior very bland; I think it is too much of a "techno fest", with too many settings and too little soul (a car that is set up right from the beginning doesn't need to have a myriad of settings for the SMG gear, 400/500 bhp mode, etc);
Flame suit on, but thought it would be interesting to hear some reactions...
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i am personally not a big fan of the e60 styling period. however, when i was in one of the new ///m5's that kinda changed. i really liked that car for how it drove. i personally love to drive and can overlook styling if the car is otherwise a phenomenal driver.
i cant afford an e60 at the moment and even if that was not the case i would not look to get into it anyways. i think in about 3 years i will probably be ready to move to the e60 but who knows. at the moment i will just keep trucking as the e39 is truly an awesome car.
The E60 I drove did not fit me as well, ergonomically, as the E39. It was very smooth, and exceptionally fast. I'm slowly getting used to the Bangled 5 series, although I still prefer the previous generations appearance.
The M5 V10 is astonishing. The SMG I think will get better, as will the I Drive interface. In all, the new car is magnificent, but it's not $40k more magnificent than the V8 car, at least not to me.
Eventually, 500hp and a truly top notch SMG may convince me otherwise. Maybe a gently used '08 in 2009. Or, maybe not!
The E60 has been growing on me over the years. The more I look at it, the more I like it. The new M5 still looks a bit off to me but it is also growing on me. Depending on my life situation I can really see myself picking a nice clean used one in a few years.
the styling has grown on my, i like the e60. I'm not ready to give up my M5, and don't need 2 m5s(i.e. wife would kill me if i brought one home). If bmwna brings an M5 wagon, i'd be all over it. If the e39 starts giving me a lot of trouble, i'd make the swap sooner.
As for "much faster", search for some videos, a nicely modded e39 will beat a stock e60 up to about 100mph, if that's your thing...
Last time at my dealer, they had an interlagos blue e60, 200 miles on the clock. Guy bought it, brought it home, wife said it goes or she does... guy must have taken a bath on it.
I think i might give the E60 a miss but the M6 is a different proposition,that has the grace and appeal that the E39 does, so thats what i'll probably look at next when they have had the big depreciation hit.
The question is why do we need to replace the E39,like said above its simply not worth paying another 30-40k,and the manual V8 combo is unbeatable.
Drove a friend's E60 M5 the other day. The first thing that struck me was the lack of torque. I dont enjoy driving cars where you have to wring out the motor to get it to go. It reminded me of riding my old R1 or driving an S2000. The top end was fantastic, however.
The second thing that struck me was the SMG. It was fun playing with it and the rev matching downshifts were quite awesome expecially since his car had an exhaust on it. But once the novelty wore off, I found myself kinda "bored" for lack of a better term.
The exterior styling has grown on me somewhat, but I still perfer the E39. The interior styling has NOT grown on me.