BMW M5 versus Mercedes E63 AMG at Dunsfold
James likes it. Stig likes it. But how does the new BMW M5 stack up to Merc's E63 AMG?
Posted: 10 Nov 2011
There’s a well-founded rumour that BMW will again do a manual M5 for America. I wouldn’t have it – this just feels so well suited to the car now. The Merc’s auto has an equal number of ratios (seven), but isn’t nearly so fluid at shuffling between them. OK, Sport Plus mode does an uncanny job of being in the right gear at the right time, but manual is a dead loss due to the delay between gear selection and presentation. It’s these hiccups in the Merc that lend it a measure of both personality and frustration.