Requiem for my M5

Requiem for my M5

I took delivery of my MS two weeks ago today (P85) and have put about 900 miles on it. Today I dropped her off to get a saran-wrap paint protection applied and drove away in my M5, which I had not driven once in the past two weeks.

It was a sad day for me. I love my M5, and until now had never driven anything that came close. But, alas, all day today driving was like watching a beloved athlete stay one season too long, or the Champion defend the title once too many times. I was honestly appalled at how sluggish the car felt, how unresponsive, how OLD.

And yet, in reality it is the same fire-breathing, naturally aspirated V10 monster it was last month. The car hasn’t changed.

But the world has.

kilimats | March 8, 2013

Electric is coming, world, you have been warned ;)

Vern110 | March 8, 2013

I completely agree with you Docjay, I had the same feeling of disappointment, no ICE compares to the MS.

Electron | March 8, 2013

The crapbox Nissan Altima Enterprise gave me while TM worked on my car this week sure
was an amazing contrast :) | March 8, 2013

Sitting in the MS: "Objects in rearview mirror (those ICE cars) are much farther behind than they appear"

Brian H | March 8, 2013

Now that you're tuned to notice the slight hesitations and lags ...

Your training by MS has begun!

RedShift | March 8, 2013


Very true! I have driven the M5 many times and its ridiculous how Model S out handles it so effortlessly.
Best sedan on the planet, can't wait!

Cattledog | March 8, 2013

Docjay - As one former BMW owner to another, I feel your grief. It's like putting your dog down - sad but necessary, lets it slip away painlessly to where it belongs.

Model S +1

RedShift | March 8, 2013

+1 cattledog.

I will be bidding goodbye to my beloved 325i. Nimble, light, beautifully proportioned, and outclassed by this upstart. I almost hated it and loved it the same time, after the tet drive. I mean, there is 1200 lbs difference between my BMW and the Tesla. WTF.

RedShift | March 8, 2013

Test drive, typo....

christurbeville | March 8, 2013

SMG Lag is one thing I will not miss from my E60 M5. Now the seats and sound system well...

Docjay | March 9, 2013

+1 Cattledog,

Very apt analogy. That is exactly what it feels like.The King is dead, long live the King!

Chris, yes, I would trade seats in a heartbeat but who cares! The performance and the cost to operate are so over the top I would sit on an apple crate. :)