It was an E39 yes... (see pic)silver06hemic was your m5 an e39? and how would u compare the maintenance cost with an srt8 because im debating over an e39 m5 and a gen 1 srt8 as my next car; and possibly a pontiac GTO because it is so much cheaper.
Oh i agree completely... From a drag racing standpoint a tight shifting auto is a great way to go, my transmission is as tight as i need it to be for sure with a Mopar TCM and Tranzformer.... I think its just the nostalgia I miss... I feel more involves with a manual and not all racing is done in a straight line and a manual will always be better in the twisties. I think for me its just about having a little more to do... At the end of the day for me its not a deal breaker or there would be different car in my driveway right now, but if its released with a manual... I'd be all over it.I realize there are many out there who would prefer a manual, but truth be told, today's automatics accelerate as fast (some faster) than most people could stir a stick. Manual cars are harder to launch correctly (again, for most people) without either bogging the engine or lighting up the tires not to mention once you get going the possibility of missing a shift. I grew up with stick shifts because in that era they were usually the norm. My Cobra had a manual with a Steeda short throw shifter, and was very smooth, but still was easy to miss 3rd if you weren't precise. Today, I am totally impressed with the auto in my SRT for it's response and shift firmness, even in full auto mode. For an "antiquated" 5 speed, I think it's near the top of the heap in performance and durability. I would think the newer 8 spd should be even better.
No heel toe manual drivers where you are Patrick?! Hehe... I knew you'd chime in and as I was typing I was thinking of you, I've only ever road raced a manual and one automatic (trans am of a friend's) and that one was awful! However as you say our slushbox (you need to get that Tranzformer pal!) Is different in heritage and has one more gear and will hold a forced selection through a curve without auto upshifting... It's been a long time since I hit a road course and I have never done it in my C, I'm thinking my loose stall is going to bite me there now. We also have good gear ratios and the 3.06 is a good rear diff ratio for the nag 1 with the exception of a few dead spots. But still... To me its preference, born in the UK driving a manual I feel a little lost sometimes in my C... Lol. I wish I had come and watched you race while I was still in Canada, watching these cars tear up hot hatches and road race cars would have been awesome... Good luck today pal and shiny side up in the wet!I have always been partial to manual trannys - especially in performance cars and absolutely for racing competition.
However - I have changed my opinion on this, ever since I got a some experience with my 06 SRT8 on road courses. The Nag1 5 speed slush box in our cars is tough and it is programmable. Shifting is easy while racing - autostick for downshifts; let the tranny handle upshifts with raised shift points - works like a charm.
And it allows me to easily work left foot brake and right foot throttle together in the corners, giving me an advantage over my competition - which is 90% manual shifting.
We are competing late this afternoon in race # 6 of 9 at Bogie - gotta go and get my shit together - they are predicting rain . . .