Will Turner has been buying new BMWs for decades, but the owner of Turner Motorsport had never taken European delivery until last fall, when he picked up the keys to a new F10 M5 at the BMW Welt in Munich.
“The whole experience is awesome!” says Turner. “I would recommend it for anyone who can do it. They really make you feel special.”
Turner wanted more than just an awesome experience from European delivery: He also wanted to break in his new M5 on some of Europe’s best roads, including a few Alpine passes and the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife.
“We put 2,300 miles on the M5 in about a week in Europe,” he says. “The traffic was so good in Germany that we were running at top speed for hours, with the head-up display showing 174 mph, but it was hitting the limiter. The car was perfectly stable at those speeds, and that was pretty impressive.”
More important to his development of the car, however, were Turner’s laps of the Nürburgring.
“The first lap was getting a feel for the car,” he says. “It was very fast on the straights and didn’t have a big push [understeer] like I thought it would, but I knew we could improve the handling and give it more power once we got it back to our shop.
“On the second lap, I turned traction control off and tried to go faster. I thought the brakes would fade right away and they didn’t, but they were not as grippy as I like and needed more feel from the pads. Another problem is that the M5 doesn’t make any noise, and I like to hear the car.”