James May drives the new BMW M5
His verdict on the newest M-car? "It's a bit like Ronald McDonald"
Posted: 10 Nov 2011
Pulling away, the initial bite of the
double-clutch transmission does perhaps require a
bit of gentle footwork, but it’s quiet and silky. Then it cuts out at a junction. It has stop/start.
It’s programmed to work thus. If you come to a stop and keep your foot on the brake, the system assumes you’re at something like traffic lights, and stops the engine. It starts again when you set off (obviously). If you come to a halt but then take your foot off the brake, the system assumes you are in very slow-moving traffic, and the engine keeps running.