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Re: Autocar: M5 beats Ferrari F430
The older I get, the more impatience I have for such comparisons. Take it to the track. On a high-speed circuit, I'd be very surprised if the M5 won. On a low-speed circuit, forget about it. There is no possible way. The laws of physics still apply.
Said differently, you can't have one car that does everything. You can come close, but there will always be compromises. If you have room in the garage and can afford it, buy a true sports car. No sedan will touch it in terms of the involvement and joy (read: size of the grin plastered on your face). Nor will any car make you a better driver faster than a car optimized for the track. It takes 2 very different cars when faced with a need to either cover great distances comfortably and quickly (you need to be isolated from "road feel") vs. a need to improve one's driving abilities and/or feed the enthusiast's one-with-the-machine appetite quickly (you need all the road feel you can get).
If one derives great joy from overtaking others on a public highway, good for them. But I have to say, I'm not sure those folks "get it" yet. There's much more to the joy of driving waiting to be discovered. Don't get me wrong, I love the new M5 and can't wait to get one. Would I give up my purpose-built sports car (currently a GT3) for it? No way. These comparisons are goofy.