BMW M5 up Aamby Valley

What takes things to an entirely different level is the intensity with which you want the transmission to shift – fast, very fast and I-didn’t-see-what-happened-there fast. Now, I am a guy who actually liked the iDrive when it first appeared on a BMW. And while I have a big problem with trick suspensions, sport buttons and a million different settings for a car, I understand the justification – that there are different people buying the same car, and each of them wants different things from it.

So I’m fine with the initial trouble with selecting stuff so that the M5 drives the way you want it. What I don’t get is, why do I have to go through the same things the next time I start the car? In the M5, you can have two set-ups and store them under two very logical buttons, M1 and M2. But you have to engage M1 or M2 every time you start the car. Otherwise, the car will just go to any random steering, suspension or gear-change setting.

Oh, and you can’t shift from M1 to M2 on the move. You have to shut down the car and restart it. That’s some very short-term memory for a thing that’s powered with more intelligence than horses. Which is something considering it has 552 horses. The last time I had to shut down and restart, it was on something powered by a tech company called Microsoft.