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Old 11-24-2011, 12:18 PM
Richard in NC Richard in NC is offline
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I have no frame of reference for the E53 but hear it "feels" better, especially the 4.8is, but compared to the X5M, X6M I don't know.
What I can tell you is the X5 50i with MSport and Adaptive suspension and active steering is quite impressive. I've not been on track with it, but on the twistiest of roads, it can hang with the best, including M3s, etc. I had to push it a bit harder than them but I could stay with them when desired.
It feels soft and a bit bouncy in normal mode but firms up nicely in sport. There is a nice fairly neutral turn in, almost no body roll, nice balance to really feel the edge of grip, and the ability to power out of a turn an push the back end out a bit. I couldn't ask for more.

This picture is while really pushing it on the Tail of the Dragon with an E92 M3 on my tail. And yes he was having to work it hard to keep up.
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2011 X5 50i Alpine White, Biege Nappa /Lt Poplar M Sport
2009 Z4 35i, Black Sapphire/Ivory-Black/Anthracite

Gone but not forgotten: '08 550i, '06 X3, '06 650i, '02 M5, '99 540i
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