It really is a bit of a tank.
The Sled Pig. What did you expect? :D
Driven the "regular" 5'er and it was nice. Guess the lure of that V-10 is what has made everyone so nuts. ;)
Doing my first drive in her this weekend.
only driven m3s, not owned one
but i did have two m coupes. all of my other cars are much smaller (elise and scion xb) but the only time the m5 feels big is when i have to park it or in heavy traffic. on a twisty road it 'shrinks' and is a very willing dance partner, if you know how to lead :)
overall i'm very impressed with mine. it's not perfect by any stretch and ultimately doesn't make sense for me but i'm loving every minute of the experience while it lasts.
You're describing a One Night Stand Single Malt!.
But you knew that already. :P
Depends what you're looking for.
If you're looking for a sports car that you can really toss around, then you'll definitely need something smaller. The M5 is not a Porsche 997, but it's definitely better in just about every way than an M3. The only thing the M3 has going for it is simply there's less car there. OK, and it's got a beautiful manual. The other thing to consider is that it takes a while to warm up to the M5. Give it some time.
In terms of ride, handling, acelleration, braking, the M5 has it over the M3 in everything except size and weight. The 997 S is a different story. That is a true sports car, and if you're looking for the best pure sports car you can buy, and can give up the 4 doors, I'd go for it. There is just no way you'll get that kind of driving experience with the M5. However, I'll bet as long as you don't have a big problem with the SMG, you won't miss the M3 one bit in a month or two.