2001 LeMans Blue with Dinan exhaust. This car is amazing with capabilities to accelerate like a Corvette. I smile from ear to ear everytime I drive it with light traffic. Have to be careful since it can reach 80 mph with little effort. Truly my dream car.
This is the best vehicle I have driven or owned. It does it all well, and is a pleasure to drive. The engine is responsive, the gears intuitive, the controls easy to use, and the displays easy to understand.
The acceleration and hill climbing are second to none. The styling and instrumentation are superb. The technology is advanced even today six years after it was built. The designers obviously listened to their customers.
The winter handling is not optimal unless the car is outfitted with snow tires and wheels.
To review a vehicle such as an M5, things must be placed into perspective. It's not just 'performance, fuel economy, fun etc., but what are these things from the perspective of what this car is. The car is a high performance sedan designed and implemented to the highest standard. This vehicle must be rated high in all categories. I get 17+ mpg in town unless I'm in one of those moods and when I am in one of those moods the sheer thrill overrides all. I don't care about cup holders. If you like to drive high performance teutonic understatement this is it.
The car fits. It drives, It feeds back and won't sass.
I've never needed one, but perhaps a spare tire for security.
The car is a soft spoken beast. You can cruise in 5th/6th gear at 40mph and have no problem or you can take it to 100mph in 4th gear with ease. It is like driving a Viper with 4 drs, lots of room & a real trunk. You seldom see M5s on the road although you see lots of 5 series cars. It gets looks & comments yet looks so normal and functions like a normal sedan. Great pricing on them now too. Get a used M5 for what a G35 costs new and you don't see yourself all up & down the road. When new it was the fastest 4 door car on the planet & will be the 2nd or 3rd fastest for a long time to come. The stock sound system is just awesome.
Smooth, smooth power, great suspension, great brakes and luxury comforts all over.
Just make the cup holders out of metal instead of plastic.
By far, the best 4 seat, 400 hp car in the world. It is a beast in oxford clothes. Never a squeak inside. The clutch allows me to drive in very slow traffic with minimal effort and the torque allows me to just smoke the tires when I feel like it. As far as handling, I've never had one moment where I felt like I was going to lose control. Amazing car.