Photo gallery: 2013 BMW M5

One of my Instagram followers asked me if I’d be sad to turn in the BMW M5 when the test week was over. My answer was an immediate and plosive: No! Not that the M5 isn’t a phenomenal vehicle. It is. I loved it. I loved driving it. I loved shifting the gears. I loved merging with traffic. And I especially loved the looks I got when the gear heads I passed realized a girl was at the wheel. But, this car is a lot of work. It’s a very technical clutch and you really have to think the entire time you’re driving. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you. It’s just a lot to take in for a 1-hour commute in traffic. Then again, perhaps that’s why there’s only one cup holder in the front. The driver doesn’t get a beverage.

So, while this car was great for a week — and would be awesome as a some-time second car — it isn’t a great every-day driver for the average Chicagoan. My analogy for the week: The BMW M5 is kind of like LA. It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. And like a lot of the residents of LA, it sure is pretty to look at.


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  • It is about the same as when I got my nephew a gift C&D subscription (he was about 6 then, 27 now). Other than him not figuring out the article on the Trabant, my sister said "most of those cars are too fast and expensive to drive."* So also may be the M5.

    BTW, did you have enough front seat travel to reach the clutch?

    *Reference was to the then Taurus SHO.

  • In reply to jack:

    LOL ... I did have enough front seat travel to reach the clutch. My biggest problem was the fact that my high heels caught on the rug every time I released the clutch. Girl problems ...

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