M5 Expert (>4000)
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Silicon Valley
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To untrained eye they all look alike,the original design is getting dilluted and boring with so many different models sporting the same architecture.
Even to this trained eye the various models all look too similar. It's like they came up with one good design and now are baking variations to franchise it as broadly as possible. 2 seat coupe, 2+2, and now a 4 dr. Of course, similar things can be said about the BMW, what with the "same" kidney grille since the 60s. But the only thing different about the Astons is the number of inches between the A and C pillars. There is the "standard" amount in the DB9, "less" in the Vantage, and now "more" in the Rapide, like a stretch limo.
'01 M5 (now my brother's car) UUC SSK + Rogue WSR/RE Tranny Mounts+Royal Purple Synchromax/Axxis ULT Pads/StopTech SS Lines/TC Design from BeastPower Anti-roll Bar Brackets/Dinan LtWtFlywheel and Stage 3 suspension/4xOEM rear 275 Goodyear F1 Asymmetrics/Vines thrust arms/IATS relocation/10w-60 oil/hardwired Escort 9500i/Euro Armrest/TEC Cupholder/IceLink/PowerChip 91 Gold/TUBIs!/Strong Strut/BSW Stage 1/BT/Angel iBrights 3.0/space-saver spare by Bimmerzone
'11 Jaguar XFR, Quicksilver exhaust, Escort 9500ci
Unnamed weekend Italian 2 seater with DCT
Future - F10 M5 with manual transmission?
"Is it the sounds that make a BMW a BMW? A BMW is designed to be heard, felt, experienced. So our engines sing. Our steering talks back. And we insist on offering manual transmissions in nearly all our models for drivers who crave them. The result is an almost telepathic oneness with the car. Just as surely as you can hear a BMW, a BMW hears you."