That 2.8L engine has tremendous torque (it's all in the variable valve timing.....!) -- my brother and I test drove one, and it was fabulously fast -- but along with that will have to come a great respect for light foot on the gas, I think.
You may just need to practice very gentle takeoffs -- and have the traction control checked out, too, if you have it, it is supposed to reduce this problem. If I remember correctly, these cars have "remote" throttles -- a servo driven throttle valve. Problems there may cause you to put your foot down further than you think you are.
1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!