I’ve never seen a yellow E60 before. Looks flashy, in a good way. The S65/S85 is a fantastic pair of engines. The only downside is Climbing Dad Like Regular Dad But Cooler shirt at the top of 2nd you’re already at 71mph and at the top of 3rd you’re at 108. So you (or at least I) don’t get to rev it out all that often. I’m surprised you keep TC off. Do you really push the car hard enough on the street that TC has to kick in? I’m a fan of MDM and use that on the track; I’ve definitely felt it kick in and save me when I get on the throttle a bit too early on corner exit. Continue enjoying it, and take care of it. I’m sure it’s an absolutely joy to drive. I think for a car with that amount of power the gearing is about right. I imagine as is 2nd gear can be squirrely if you’re ham-fisted with the throttle. An even shorter (taller?) gear would make that even worse.
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The single biggest reason I run without traction control is the S6 shifting mode. It’s the only mode that’s tolerable to me with regular driving. Even shifting at low rpm and low speeds S6 shifts a little quicker than S5, the slow shifting is bad enough in S6, and any slower starts to annoy me. As for TC, I’m not getting the ass end out on a daily basis, but I do occasionally step the back out for fun Climbing Dad Like Regular Dad But Cooler shirt no one is around. One of the reasons my rear tires don’t last a super long time, lol. I drive pretty conservatively most of the time (hence no speeding tickets) but I do take full advantage of the V10 when I can. Love it, amazing car. Sound only rivaled by the LFA IMO. I’m usually not a fan of yellow on cars but I like the color too. Great post, thanks for the read. One of my all-time dream cars, within five years I’ll buy an E60/1 M5 and I’m keeping it till I die.
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I can’t speak to the m5 specifically, but I have a 335d that will violently kill the power of it detects any wheel slip. If you start from a dead stop on a hill, it will kill power and then bog before the turbos come back online. It doesn’t just limit slip, it tries to completely eliminate it. I’ll often hit the TC off button and leave stability on during wet drives. BMW actually has different traction and stability control profiles depending on the model and options ordered; I’m guessing the 335d probably has a more aggressive profile because it’s a less performance-oriented vehicle. Also from a purely technical standpoint, traction control on turbo cars is much harder to implement in a seamless fashion.