ahem. again- what twisties?
my "hunting"/"playing" area seems to be void of twisties.
besides, even if there are some wiggling patches of road, are you really going to race anybody there? in your right mindset? in america? where older (and not so old) people drive in the middle of the road?
here is another view on it:
the m5 is an everyday car- not a weekend warrior. and my weekdays are spent 100% on the highways if you dont count the 2 miles of road to my house (that one too is fairly straight albeit a little hilly)
for the weekends, as i said before, you can show up in an m5 at your scca event, but there are much better choices for far less money.
so again, why do i need my everyday car to excel in the twisties? because i can take a sweeping turn on the mass pike at 140? i think i can do the same with same success in the merc
bmw has to understand that 75% of all m5 fans are such because of the manual tranny and stiffer suspension. if amg comes with good manual (there is plenty aftermarket for suspension to get it to your liking), bmw will be losing market share in the uber-sedans fast.
amg cars are void of sportiness? throw in a 6 speed, a stiffer suspension and 700 pounds of tq and i am sure that very few of us will have the incline to think that this car is heavy
just picture the current m5 with automatic. would you consider one? i wouldnt.
just imo ofcourse