Watch a Manual-Swapped E60 M5 Touring Hit Unrestricted Roads

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Should you’re prepared to dwell with the potential unreliability of the S85 engine from the E60/E61 M5, there’s actually just one factor left to cope with—the SMG gearbox. That’s, if you happen to’re in Europe. See, right here in America, the E60 M5 got here with a handbook transmission, which makes it fairly a bit extra fascinating than the Euro-market automotive. Nonetheless, Europe obtained the E61 M5 Touring (wagon), which we didn’t get. So how do you mix the 2—the wagon and the handbook? Nicely, if you happen to’re in Europe, you are able to do a handbook swap on the E61 M5 Touring, which is what DriveTribe did to their automotive.

Of their earlier video, DT exhibits what it’s wish to manual-swap an E61 M5 Touring, a job achieved by the identical store that form of pioneered the handbook swap for the E46 M3 CSL within the UK. On this new video, although, they really push the manual-swapped E61 M5 on unrestricted roads.

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Not the precise automotive

Has the handbook swap sapped any of the unique character of the automotive? Has it made it slower? And has it really made it higher? The solutions to these questions appear to be sure, form of, and sure. For starters, the unique character has modified. For the higher. It now feels extra assured at decrease speeds, with out that automated handbook lurching and jerking round, attempting to determine which gear to be in. It additionally technically has a decrease high pace, due to the handbook’s shorter gearing and the shorter remaining drive rear diff. Nonetheless, it’s additionally faster to speed up for those self same causes.

However, extra importantly, the handbook has made the automotive higher. It’s now extra thrilling, extra partaking, and fewer compromised. It went from a automotive that was good however at all times had a “however.” Now, it’s a fantastic automotive with none eggs on its face. It’s the automotive it ought to have been from the start.

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