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It's all about the tyres... mine was awful and ended up stuck on about 2 inch compacted... but I wouldn't expect anything else from 285 PS2's and I new what I was getting into - still fun though.

Trying to control revs and clutch is very hard if not impossible with the SMG on an inclined snow covered road - so I was constantly spinning and for some reason the car would not let me set off in second despite selection through changing or settings - weird.
 

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6 Speed manual certainly makes snow driving easier, and yes Gustav, I was playing snowplow.
 

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took the Beast out the other night with the Pirelli Sottozero's -

No problem on the hills

Pulled up next to a guy in a Camaro ss - He was spinning at the light.

Rolled the window down - smiled -

And left him - cursing to himself.........lol

I love winter with the ///M5
 

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We have 40-50 inchs of snow with 8 ft snowbanks in Mass this season. My M5 does fine in 5-6inches of snow daily. I drive 50 miles each way to work on the pike. So far so good. I have Pirelli Sottozero's
 

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I'm using the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3, and am very happy with them. I just wish they had a little more traction with pulling away from a stop. Otherwise, they are a great match for the car. They are very quiet, handle well in the dry, wet, and snow. Ice traction is adequate, as is traction on packed snow. It's a tradeoff I am willing to make for better clear road performance. I had Nokian Hakapelitta RSi tyres on my E39 M5 and they were awesome in the crud, but sucked the fun out of the car the rest of the time.
 

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The M5 is awesome in the snow if you have the proper tires. My wife drives her M in the snow with great confidence.
"Awesome" might be a bit of an overstatement. A 500 hp rwd sedan, even with the right tires, is going to be acceptable at best, especially if you've driven AWD in the snow.

For what it is, I'm sure the M5 is ok in the snow, but it's all relative.
 

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"Awesome" might be a bit of an overstatement. A 500 hp rwd sedan, even with the right tires, is going to be acceptable at best, especially if you've driven AWD in the snow.

For what it is, I'm sure the M5 is ok in the snow, but it's all relative.
Having driven an AWD Audi allroad and B5 S4 through a number of Northeast winters, I can tell you that they were better at getting moving, but the M5 handles better given its near 50/50 weight distribution. The Audis understeered horribly, and getting on the gas just made you hit the curb faster. I can steer with the throttle much easier in the M5. One of the car mags did a comparison between front and AWD variants of the same car and found the non AWD cars were better in the snow/ice in everything except getting moving.
 
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