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Well guys, I finally abandoned the supercharger project for the M5 - I guess I just didn't have the confidence in the bolt-on kits that I had investigated, and the Discovery approach wasn't a realistic option for me in London, the M5 being my only car.

And then to add insult to injury, I got bored of the understated nature of the car, and have moved on:

http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6331&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6330&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
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http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6327&sort=1&cat=500&page=1

Just a note to say thank you to you all for your invaluable help on the M5, and I hope I will still be welcome on the board as a non-M5 owner.

Needless to say, I will still attend the regular London M5 meets as it's a great crowd of people.

Roger
 

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Very nice Roger - congrats again! :thumbsup:

I'd be interested to hear the differences in running costs between the 550 and the M5 (fuel, servicing, tyres etc.).

Keep an eye on the board - our next meet will probably be late Sep/early Oct - look forward to seeing you and your new beast there :byee55amg
 

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Thanks Ashok - I agree it will be very interesting to see the running costs. Given that my M5 cost £160 in servicing and about £100 in oil in the 3.5 years I owned it, that's going to be tough for the Fezza to beat!!

Definitely on for the next meet - will look forward to seeing your new Beast then, and in the meantime hope the recuperation from the broken foot goes smoothly.
 

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Hi Dan,


Here's what I posted on the UK site after 250 miles:

Took delivery of my Grigio Alloy 550 Maranello from Dick Lovett in Swindon on Friday, and have chalked up 250 miles or so. It has a blue scuro interior (dark blue leather everywhere) and has got a few of the options: 250F quilted parcel shelf, Daytona seats, quilted headlining, fire extinguisher, scuderia shields etc.. Let’s start with the bad bits first:

1. Controls are pretty heavy coming from an M5 – the clutch, even though it is new, is going to be a nightmare in heavy traffic. The brakes need a firm prod to get going. The handbrake (one of those fly-on fly-off ones) is frankly not helpful when trying to do hill starts (a few expensive burning smells already generated – ouch).
2. The seat is uncomfortable for me after long drives – again being used to the comfy chairs of the M5, this is something I hope I will get used to.
3. Lack of toys – yes heresy I know to complain about this, but you do take them for granted after something like an M5.
4. The auxiliary dials (oil pressure/oil temp/water temp) bounce all over the place, and naturally I am paranoid that something is wrong; hopefully the dealer’s technicians will be able to put my mind at rest on this point.

And really that’s it so far. And so to the good points:

The thing really is amazing to drive – you feel totally part of it from the first mile and it seems to shrink around you. The steering feel is fantastic, and really lets you know what’s going on underneath you. It’s very easy to place the car even though visibility of the extremities is not fantastic. So much so that I wanted to start really spanking it almost immediately. The brakes are fantastic, very smooth and progressive, and confidence inspiring. And then there’s the engine, well it’s a Ferrari V12 which is I guess all we need to know. It’s fantastically smooth and the torque comes in very early, although there is a slight step up at about 4500rpm up to 7000rpm. Due to the torque, you can pootle around town in 4th with no problem.

I am likely to wax lyrical about this forever, so I will stop there for the moment!

Roger
 

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congratulations ! ! !

I must say that you have what has been my dream car since the 456GT was introduced. I think that the lines of the car are absolutely stunning and graceful.

I wish the best of luck and I really hope that this means that since I now have an M5 that someday I will have a 550.


Keep us posted on your driving impressions.

Cheers.

Michael.
 

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Thanks Michael. It just feels special sitting in the thing without even starting it up. I just don't think BMW M Division (or indeed any other brand) will ever be able to engineer that 'soul' into its cars, however good they may be.

Still the M5 is a great stepping stone!


Roger
 

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congrats again roger, think we may need to get some vid clips comparing the fezza to the beast ;) :M5thumbs: :)
 

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Isn't that a 550 not a 575?

Honestly I was expecting a mini van :) But either way I say you made the right choice can't go wrong with ferrari, but having driven a 575, I dont think it's that dramtic of a difference between teh two cars, the 575 is much higher reving, but feels just as heavy as the M5, which of course it is, but the 5 feels faster even though it's not. Prob could have done an s2 and been faster.
 

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Thanks for the comments guys. Yes it is a 550 rather than a 575. Because the power delivery is different to the M5, it's always difficult to compare without both cars together and a stopwatch. Also bear in mind I have only done 250 miles so far.

I hope there will be an occasion to do this comparison in the near future, and I will start with Tin as that will be a very valuable scalp to have!!
What I can already definitely say is that the car's sheer grip, damping, suspension and steering feel are considerably better than my M5 with KW Variant III coilovers and ACS/Eibach anti-roll bars.

Controversial perhaps, but I can only go on my experience so far. Early days yet!

Roger
 

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rogbacon said:
And then to add insult to injury, I got bored of the understated nature of the car, and have moved on:

http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6331&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6330&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6329&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6328&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6327&sort=1&cat=500&page=1

Just a note to say thank you to you all for your invaluable help on the M5, and I hope I will still be welcome on the board as a non-M5 owner.

Needless to say, I will still attend the regular London M5 meets as it's a great crowd of people.

Roger
I LOVE Grigio alloy. It's a wonderful color on your 550, and looks smashing on the 360 Spiders too. And it has a stark resemblance to my Silverstone Metallic M5. :cheers:
 

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rogbacon said:
Took delivery of my Grigio Alloy 550 Maranello

Roger,

Congrats on the purchase...

It sure looks like Silverstone Blue to me :hihi:

-Steve
 

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The dealer was very upset when I specifically requested a BMW colour - he made me promise to call it grigio alloy.........
 

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Well guys, I finally abandoned the supercharger project for the M5 - I guess I just didn't have the confidence in the bolt-on kits that I had investigated, and the Discovery approach wasn't a realistic option for me in London, the M5 being my only car.

And then to add insult to injury, I got bored of the understated nature of the car, and have moved on:

http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6331&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6330&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6329&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6328&sort=1&cat=500&page=1
http://www.m5board.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6327&sort=1&cat=500&page=1

Just a note to say thank you to you all for your invaluable help on the M5, and I hope I will still be welcome on the board as a non-M5 owner.

Needless to say, I will still attend the regular London M5 meets as it's a great crowd of people.

Roger

Rodger;

Simply stunning.

All the best to you my friend, whether piloting the M5 of days gone past, the Ferrari of today, or the ????? of tomorrow you are a true enthusiast with a deep passion for cars.

If I can help you with ????? for the Ferrari .......huuuummm maybe an exhaust just let us know.

In the mean time enjoy your new gal; and as the for seats....the Daytona seats will conform to you with enough time in them......

A simply beautiful car.

Take care

Shadowman
 

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Do you think you will be able to duplicate the awesome sound system you had in your M5 in the Ferrari. I really was impressed by the work you had done on it. Hope you enjoy the new car, cheers.
 
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