BMW M5 vs Mercedes

facebook twitter google+ emailThe new BMW M5 promises an amazing mix of performance and luxury, but is it enough to give it the edge over the Mercedes AMG E 63? Supersaloons have entered a new era, and in the age old head to head between canada goose outlet london BMW’s M Division and Mercedes AMG, the former has a fresh challenger, in the shape of its all new M5.That’s a hallowed nameplate in this class because the M5 has pretty much always been the benchmark when it comes to insanely fast but still usable, canada goose outlet new york hi tech supersaloons. Looking at the spec sheet, the new car has what it takes to topple the current class leader. Best performance cars on saleIn the evolution to this model there have been some big changes to the engineering. The M5 now features four wheel drive with myriad driver settings canada goose outlet uk sale and ways to put its colossal level of canada goose jacket outlet store power to the canada goose outlet washington dc road. But it was the Mercedes AMG E 63 that first emerged with this advanced tech, giving the driver just as many options.Both cars use V8 turbo engines and auto gearboxes, have lots of cutting edge technology inside and the luxury and flexibility you’d expect from a supersaloon. Which balances these attributes better to take the win?BMW M5 Image 5 of 40Model:BMW M5Price:89,645Engine:4.4 litre twin turbo canada goose outlet shop V8, 592bhp0 canada goose outlet in toronto 60mph:3.2 secondsTest economy:24.0mpg/5.3mplCO2:241g/kmAnnual road tax:450The BMW M5 is an icon, and while the price has risen to a not insignificant 89,645 for this new model, there’s performance here canada goose outlet trillium parka black to match some canada goose outlet location supercars costing twice that amount. The question is, does it deliver what an M5 always has: a blend of driving thrills with everyday usability?The M5 canada goose factory outlet vancouver proves that it’s devastatingly effective with four wheel drive. That engine produces 592bhp and 750Nm of torque, so the traction the M xDrive system brings is welcome but it’s the calibration for the M5 that’s a stroke of genius.Combined with the Active M diff, in 4WD Sport mode the agility canada goose outlet store montreal belies the M5’s size and weight. canada goose outlet 2015 It still feels large, but the car behaves like a nicely balanced rear drive sports saloon, with the diff helping to turn the BMW when you get on the throttle. The M xDrive system then diverts more canada goose parka outlet uk power to the front when you need it to drag the car out of a corner with plenty of stability and at an alarming speed.Image 6 of 40It’s a shame the steering’s squishy, slightly resistive feel to your inputs removes a layer of communication and means you’re not all that well connected to the front tyres, but the security four wheel drive brings is unmatched. As is the pace.The M5 sprinted from 0 60mph in an incredible 3.2 seconds one tenth faster than the 100kg heavier E 63 S. However, you’ll be hard pushed to notice this or canada goose outlet 80 off the M5’s in gear advantage over canada goose jacket uk the AMG, which was around a tenth or two in most ratios. Best fast family carsWhat you will notice is the noise. Both V8s’ sound signatures are electronically enhanced, but the M5’s engine is more synthesised. With the 1,100 M Sport exhaust activated it produces a flat bark as the motor ramps up to 7,000rpm, but lift off and it drones canada goose outlet online store review artificially. It can’t match the AMG’s personality.Image 11 of 40The gearbox doesn’t have the snap of canada goose outlet toronto the old DCT, but the shifts are smooth. It backs this up with plusher canada goose outlet phone number suspension damping than the E canada goose jacket outlet sale 63’s.In Comfort it’s more compliant, softening https://www.gestiontb.ca blows and smothering bumps with more refinement and composure than the firmer feeling Mercedes. It’s a more refined car, yet in the raciest modes the BMW matches its body control and delivers lots of grip; we’d just like more communicative steering.Testers’ notes: “Remember that, like the E 63, the M5’s 2WD setting is only accessible with the ESC off. Therefore, it might be worth paying for BMW’s M Driver training to learn your car’s behaviour in a safe environment.”Mercedes AMG E 63 S Image 7 of 40That canada goose outlet ottawa incredible V8 defines the E 63 S and gives it an addictive canada goose kensington parka uk personality. While it was one tenth slower than the M5 from 0 60mph in our tests, taking 3.3 seconds, this is still incredibly rapid for a near two tonne supersaloon.The motor feels even more explosive than the BMW’s and romps from low revs, rocketing through the mid range and hammering towards its rev limiter with an incredibly bassy but rich and purposeful soundtrack, popping and banging with that AMG exhaust engaged. The shifts are a match for the M5’s in manual mode, while it’s as smooth in Comfort and therefore as easy to drive as the BMW.Image 8 of 40It has nicer steering that delivers more feedback canada goose outlet niagara falls than the M5, without its squidgy and indistinct feel; as you move off centre the weightier set up in the E 63 feels more natural. Adding weight to the M5 with its different modes makes it even more artificial.There’s lots of grip to exploit, but canada goose stockists uk the AMG is much firmer than canada goose outlet online uk the M car, even in its Comfort setting. On 20 inch alloys standard on the E 63 S it thumps over potholes and expansion strips, while even smaller ridges and inputs to the suspension unsettle the car more than in the canada goose outlet store uk BMW. The tighter focus means body control is good, but the road noise from the big wheels and tyres isn’t suppressed as well as in the BMW.Toggle through to Sport+ mode for the dampers and the E 63 ramps up control, with a more rigid feeling. It’s surprising just how hard you can lean on the chassis and how well it stands up to this punishment, but as with the M5, its size means it’s better suited to more open B roads and A roads, where the 4WD system can work to enhance agility.Testers’ notes: “These are high performance cars, so servicing costs are fairly steep. canada goose canada goose outlet outlet sale BMW offers a 999 three year package, while Mercedes’ deal costs 45 per month for three years, which works out at 1,620.”.

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