"And that, in a small way is a drawback. Despite the acceleration it delivers and the speed it carries, this is not a raw, animalistic car, even with all the buttons turned up to 11. The standard 5-Series is a big, heavy, insulating machine and the M5 is the same. It can't quite shed that cosseting feeling: this is an M5 that's aimed primarily at businessmen who like driving, rather than drivers who do the business, if you see what I mean. The last generation M5 was a rabid V10 thing, all fury and attitude and nothing like any other 5-Series. The new one has more in common with the only other V8 M5, the E39 that launched in 1998 - it's a gentler, more approachable car and far easier to live with every day. Maybe that's not a bad thing - it probably opens the car up to a wider audience. "
It's interesting to note that in a recent poll on m5board, e39 won the favorite by a long shot; by going back to the more approachable car with the F10, they'll probably enjoy a wider audience. Plenty of people couldn't live with the snarling E60 M5 that we all LOVE.
To be honest, I don't find the E60 all that rabid. I do jokingly refer to is as a beast, but truth be told it's pretty tame compared to my old Z3MC or Z4MC. I do like the engine, and the sound - but would gladly welcome an overall smoother and more refined driving experience (not that I find the E60 harsh by any stretch). My next car could certainly be an F10 M5 - I know I'd have no regrets, once all is said and done. If I recall correctly, TopGear love the new M5 - quote aside.
It is my feeling at this time, after standing back with an overall look at BMW, the foreign markets and the way I may perceive "having it all", having to do with owning a sporting, car and most all having to proper amount of cash to maintaining an M5 is to either leasing a new one every 4 years or lease and forget about it, "or".LEASING ONE EVERY 5 YEARS one every 5 years with the extended maintenance plan. SO 4 OR 5 YEARS WITHOUT NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD ECECPT TO ENJOY ONES CAR AND DRIVE THE PISS OUT OF IT...WITH BUYING 6 OR 7 SETS OF TIRES FOR IT.....
Yes I agree about the Z4M, that's more of a slimmed down sports car than both M3 and M5.
I owned one for a year, traded it for my M5.
I do like the M5 more, much more in fact. I enjoyed the Z4M, but never to the point that I started to invest any money (mod wise) in it. Most likely because I knew from the start it's a temporary love.
The M5 on the other hand, if it keeps it's act together, I'm sure it will be a long relationship.