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
A quick word on family matters. These are genuine four-seaters in the way that even a Porsche Panamera isn’t – taller roofline, less claustrophobic in the back. You can have the E as a wagon, too. But not the BMW. In fact, never the BMW, if the M people are to be believed. Shame. Now, let’s get to the central issue here. BMW has long held that the engine is at the heart of every M car.
The cylinder count may have varied (this is only the second V8 M5), but the M5’s dedication to natural aspiration hasn’t wavered. Until now. It’s hardly surprising – the need to up power and lower emissions has necessitated the move to forced induction, but (1M aside) this is an area in which M division is short of practice compared to AMG, which has dabbled with turbo, super and natural at various points in its recent history.