Originally Posted by bladeomatic
From Edmunds.com: "In Edmunds testing, a manual-shift M5 without the Competition package hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds."
This is roughly the time MotorTrend got with an M235i A/T, so it is possible.
Regardless, this little car is close at about 1/2 the price and 200 less hp. Simply stunning!
I call BS. Sure, they may be close in 0-60 times, but beyond that the M5 is going to eat it's lunch. I drive an E60 M5 and I still beat any N55 or N54 (unless it is super modded.) Furthermore, I live in Colorado at 6,500ft altitude, so I am down about 20% of my horsepower due to the altitude. (I am not bashing the M235i, awesome car, just the video report.) I previously owned a 135i that out handled my M5. But as they say, once you go ///M, you will never go back!
The quoted statement is further proof not to buy manuals, you lose to little cars with less horsepower. And before you flame me, my SMG M5 is the first non-manual I have owned in 27 years of driving and 13 different cars...
Other than that, the filmography was awesome, right up there with Top Gear UK!