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
And, anyway, what is the point of this? Saving the world? You may as well take a Kleenex to a tanker spill, if that’s what you’re worried about. Buy the one with the small engine and stop spoiling this one for me. Rant ends. More button stuff: there are now two ‘M’ buttons on the steering wheel, which you can programme – again in the abysmal depths of iDrive – to do all manner of things.
I set them up so that one is everything on comfort and the other is everything – traction control, suspension, blah blah blah – on balls-out. Actually, the man from BMW did this for me while I had a small cigar. I can do this stuff and I’m a fan of iDrive, but a small cigar is a smoke. There is also a switch behind the gearstick that alters the severity of the gearchange through three levels.