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BMW's new M5 Competition Pack ramps up the potential of its high-performance saloon, but can it beat the muscular Vauxhall VXR8 at going sideways? Steve Sutcliffe takes both to the track to find out.
Aussie Rob - a view from down under
To begin with,if you live in a climate where by nine in the morning it's 22C then yes and auto function to cool the car down would be great,but,getting in and the air con comes on, the car's cool in 5-10 mins,so, that function isn't worth the dosh,manual boxes on the way out....?, yes, i think so,and from what Sutters says, the clutch is heavy and the steering is man size!,no,and again i'm quoting Sutters opinion,the M5 is worth the extra,because it is just so alive,when he drove the VXR it sounded like he was driving a Limo!, it was so quite,even when ragging it round corners!,the M5?,it gets your juices going!, great sound too!.As for costs,well, if you can afford to buy one, you can afford the bills,if your Garage doesn't do a great job or charges like an Elephant,then go to another Garage or go to an independent, the M5......my choice.
THE VXR8 IS THIRTY FLIPPIN' GRAND CHEAPER. That isn't simply "quite a bit more" - thats an Astra GTC VXR on top of the price and he completely seems to forget about that after 30 seconds.
"A standard M5 is a very fast car. An M5 Competition Pack variant ought to be an even faster, even better one – and while it may be the former, it’s not obviously the latter.
The more involving Mercedes E63 AMG S would definitely figure more highly on our shopping list and – if the idea doesn’t offend you – even a Vauxhall VXR8 GTS offers more charm and driver reward."
not my words, those which open and close the first drive review of the m5 competition pack on this very site. as reviews normally seem to be team efforts does this mean sutters is on his own with this one?
I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left
Mercedes-AMG C63 S