I thought I was halucinating this morning when the new beast rolled up to very well attended meet in Chatham this morning. I guess everyone was getting out before the snow arrives.
Here it is, 1 of 2 F10 M5s in the country, driven by the US M division product planner. Nice guy and was accompanied by the sales manager from Open Road BMW of Edison. Nothing new to add to the discussions here, except that I want one!
He also affirmed that the release date will be around August, I forget what the reason stated was, but it does have something to do with regulatory approvals etc. Additionally, with the US making up almost 50% of world M5 sales, the factory has to be in full swing and the kinks worked out - given the intolerable nature of the US customer when it comes to faults..
There were also 2 1Ms there, the orange one being the original Daytona pace car.
Lastly, we had all but the E28 M5 represented, but the E39 left before we got to line them up.
Nice.. thanks for pics and nice to see F10 M interior with MT at least for us MT diehards.. I see the area around the gearbox is well thought out for MT now (unlike E60).. no cupholder/phone charge outlet in front of gear lever or at least that i see and shorter gear stalk (less throw?). Good thing you have pics.. those with stories about F10 M without pics have got yelled at for not taking pics..
For some odd reason, side by side.. i think E60 M5 looks bigger than F10 M5 in the pics.. i know F10 M5 is bigger but maybe it hides the bulk better.. at least from the front..
Thats because lighter colors make a car look bigger I think, the blue in the F10 is a little darker.
These pictures make me a little torn. On the other hand it seems the blue is the best color for this car with the brake calipers, but then again for some reason the spoilers look a little like M-sport add ons. Its probably a the surooundings etc., but the looks of the F10 are not at their best in these pics, and I think the f10 usually looks very good in pics.
Thanks for the pics anyway. I have still to see it live...
I see the area around the gearbox is well thought out for MT now (unlike E60).. no cupholder/phone charge outlet in front of gear lever or at least that i see and shorter gear stalk (less throw?).
I sat in it for a while. Come to think of it, the throws did seem a bit shorter (and very slick ). I like the placement of the buttons to the left and right of the gearshift for steering, damping adjustment, i-drive etc, much easier to reach than on the E60. The F10 is just so nicely styled inside and out, I cant find a bad line or angle on it. The seats as you can see are the standard set up and did not feel as comfortable or plush than mine which has the comfort seats.
For all the ranting over the engine sound, at least you can hear it in regular street driving, because while the V10 sound seems to be generally favoured, it only sounds good over 5,000rpm which you can't really get to around the neighbourhood.
One of two in the country? Very nice. It's good they repositioned the brake bleeder screw so it's accessible without dismounting the wheels. I would have brought my E39 if I knew this ahead of time, well done.
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Thanks for taking pics for us to compare the visual attributes of the F10. I concur, the manual tran for u die-hard shift fiends is a good thing.
On the downside I prefer the looks of the E60 M5 since I can easily distinguish the car from a standard 5 Series.
An August U.S release date gives folks time to save a few more dollars before taking the plunge.
Nice pictures and cars! Was this near Edison Middlesex? Kind of hard to believe that only 1 out of 2 F10 M5s in this country well before the release month and year are IN NJ. I wish I was there now.
6 speed too? Not bad. But it's getting real archaic. Europeans and everyone are going by Double Clutch now.
Its in Chatham, which is in Morris county, near Morristown and Madison. The gathering is every other week and alternates Saturday and Sunday. I think that's it for a couple of months now, will have to google for when they start up again. I found out about the meet on a Nissan Z forum when googling 'cars and coffee NJ' after moving up here in the summer.
The car has only been stateside a couple of weeks and is being driven by an M-division employee who works out of the Woodcliff Lake HQ, so that's why it's here. Apparently, the performance center is scheduled to get some cars before they go on sale here.