It looks like you bought an F10 535i?
Yes, it does appear that way.
The color combo sounds beautiful. 6spd manual with sport package?
Thanks, yes it was a special order (as most six speeds need to be). Not a sport package because all that gets you is bigger wheels and a harsher ride as far as I'm concerned. I've had enough of those brutal BMW sport suspensions.
We bought an E32 7-series for my wife's daily way back in 1992, and it appears that the F10 is now the size of that car if not a bit larger even (actually the size of the long wheelbase version, 735iL) -- what do you think of dealing with the size of the car in everyday driving? You should have joined us at the M5 meetup.
You know I would likely have joined you except for the fact that it was like 12 degrees Saturday, aside from the snow and all. Actually, I was ill so I wouldn't have gone even if I had known about it. Maybe next time someone will send me a PM?!?!?!?!? The only one of you guys that I've actually met IRL is Brian.
I just finished a "first impressions" article on the 5 for the Roundel. Less than half of what I send Satch actually gets printed, so I don't know if it will survive the editorial knife. I've not yet heard back from him on my idea for an article on Tom's car.
Anyway, yes, the wheelbase on the 5 is long, longer even than the (short version) E38 7 series. And you feel it too, as the ride is super comfy. And yes, the car is heavy. So compared to say the E39 M5 handling, this thing is a boat. Think Buick station wagon with the fake wood on the side. But compared to a Lexus, it's a taunt Ferrari. So it's all about perspective. For me, it's just about perfect. I like my comfort. The electric steering is disappointing, but the gas mileage is superb, the performance is more than adequate (heck, the 550 I believe has the same HP as your M5, though likely a bit less torque). These new turbo engines are really slick and have very little turbo lag. I'm not convinced of their longevity though, which is why I leased this car. I started having issues with my 335 (article in this month's Roundel) and was happy to see that one go.
I miss my M5 though, which is why I still lurk on this board a bit and peruse the classifieds. Because I want another one. I just haven't found the right car yet. My first one was such a cream puff that finding one that nice again will be difficult.