Is BMW’s New AWD M5 Good Enough To Take On The Mercedes E63?

The BMW M5 is an automotive icon and the company has pulled the wraps off the latest edition in Frankfurt.

Set to become one of the most technologically advanced M cars ever created, the 2018 M5 comes equipped with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 600 PS (441 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque.

That doesn’t sound like much of a change but the engine is now connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a high-tech all-wheel drive system that promises to be the “most emotionally engaging” one on the market. Drivers who prefer a more traditional experience won’t be disappointed either as the car offers an assortment of different settings including one for classic rear-wheel drive.

Thanks to the upgraded engine and the all-wheel drive system, the M5 will accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of up to 305 km/h (189 mph) when equipped with the optional M Driver’s Package.

That’s nothing to sneeze at but the Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC has the model beat in the horsepower department as it boasts a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that develops 612 PS (450 kW) and 850 Nm (626 lb-ft) of torque.

 While the Mercedes appears to have the edge, the BMW weighs 1,855 kg (4,089 lbs) – thanks to an aluminum hood and a carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof – while the Benz tips the scales at 1,955 kg (4,310 lbs). The weight difference is enough to put both models in a statistical dead heat during a race from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) as both companies list a time of 3.4 seconds.

One place where the M5 is a clear winner is in the pricing department as the model starts at €117,900 in Germany (equal to $141,049) which is nearly €4,000 ($4,785 at current exchange rates) less than its Stuttgart rival. Of course, Mercedes also offers a more affordable E63 4MATIC which undercuts the M5 in price, but it has less power and is a tenth of a second slower to 100 km/h (62 mph).

Pricing and performance figures only tell part of the story, so let know which one you would get in the comments below.

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