Cadillac or competing brand model ? Why ? Discussion, Impressions: Drove new 500hp M5 yesterday.. in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; Summary: V is 90% the car for 50% the price. Unfortunately there isn't a cheaper way to get the remaining ...
Summary: V is 90% the car for 50% the price. Unfortunately there isn't a cheaper way to get the remaining 10%...
First and foremost, the M5 interior is LACKING. In my mind the V's current interior is just fine and loaded with options. This M5 was way too plain for $100k, with the only additional feature to speak of being the performance seats that had inflatable sides.
Under the hood it was neat to see a V10, although it didn't look much bigger in cubes than the LS2 (don't know how big it really is). Dual intake but no power adder, car did not have the low end torque of the AMG 55 Mercedes that I drove ($15k or so less). It did have lots of pull upwards of second gear though, and had a very good paddle shift trans. I'm big on paddle shifters because they really are faster than sticks and almost as much fun.
The car was more nimble than the V, but I couldn't tell if the chassis/suspension was that much better or if it was just because the car was smaller and lighter. Again, can't justify the $50k difference here.
Perhaps the quality is a lot better, but I couldn't speak to that since the car had all of 12 miles on it (old roomate had just brought it over from the dealership). I'm of course as bias as anyone else here, but $20k down and a $1200 car payment just doesn't seem to be as rewarding as my V. It's sometimes good to feel how great this car is for the money even with the lingering probs...
My dad bought the m5...everytime i go home the first question i always ask, "can i go drive the M?" It might have 10% more power, but 10% is a good amount, the torque hits much earlier and that SMG3 is soooo fast. Also, BMW is fine with Dinan mods
I think the CLS is one of the best looking cars on the road today. I'd take a CLS63 AMG over an M5 in a heartbeat. The ONLY thing I don't like about it is the humongous clock they put in the gauge cluster.
I have a tentative order on a 6-speed M5.. I just don't like SMG. It's Ugly, iDrive sucks and they are not reliable.
That being said.. get one on the track and it's amazing. What is keeping me from buying the '07 is that, well.. the '88 M5 that I own is more "fun" even if it's over 200hp down on the 07.
As far as the M5 vs the STS-V.. is it better? I think the Cadillac is a lot better looking (Although the BMW is so hideous most any car can do that) but I'm partial to the STS. The BMW is a better car as a performance sedan in many ways, but for $90k, it ought to be.
funny yall should mention this> I beat the dog $hit out of a new m5 with my LS7 V about a week ago. the M driver wanted to do it 2 more times,and I did! 1st he didn't know what a V was, but he did know what the Ls7 was. we ran from about a 10mph roll up to about 140ish he was wayyyyy behind.
1991-92 Brougham D'Elegance that's modded so it can take down a '06 M5 on the PCH. Outhandle, outbreak and outaccelerate it. I believe the Brougham is the lighter car, or the weight is very close, so the weight thing can be fixed, or overcame.