Dyno Test Reveals BMW M5 F90 Is More Powerful Than The M5 Competition

Despite providing specific output numbers, automakers sometimes make high-performance cars a bit more potent than what they officially announce.

It happened to the previous-gen BMW M5 F10, and it’s happening again, this time to its successor, the F90, which was strapped on a dyno by the guys at Evolve.

Despite being put to the test by a a tuner, the company claims that their M5 F90 is totally stock. This means that the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 is good for 600 PS (592 hp / 441 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque.

The official numbers released by the Bavarian carmaker show that it needs 3.4 seconds for the 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) and 11.1 seconds for the 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) run, while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph) and can be lifted to 305 km/h (190 mph) with the optional M Driver’s Package.

Now, you may be tempted to say that a couple of extra horses under the hood aren’t such a novelty. However, that’s not the case here, because the modern BMW M5 is not a tad more powerful than advertised, but way more powerful.

In fact, it’s more potent than the M5 Competition, whose V8 makes 625 PS (617 hp / 460 kW), and goes from naught to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.3 seconds, and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 10.8 seconds.

So, how much horsepower does this particular stock M5 make? Watch the following video and find out.


  • Mr. EP9

    Totally stock yet has 631hp according to the dyno?

    That would be asserting BMW grossly understated the amount of power the M5 puts out. The same would be doubly true for the M5 Competition because if not, it would be a really obvious. So either the people in this video used a higher octane fuel or they’re filthy liars.

    Either way, I don’t buy this “stock” claim for a second.

    • europeon

      It’s nothing new. BMW always declared lower numbers. It’s a common practice with them, and it’s been going on for decades.

      • Mr. EP9

        True but 631hp compared to 592hp would be pretty noticeable.

  • Kagan

    or their adjustments (calibration) are way off!

  • Arnaud Maye

    Thats a weird conclusion.. Until they put the competiton m5 on the same dynamo we wont know.. Your point I guess is that real M5 numbers beating what BMW has announced. But then maybe the competiton m5 would also reach 650-670 right? Also their dynamo test is not fair… NOBODY is sitting in the car and no extra weight is added; I doubt this is the way BMW is characterizing their cars.. That being said.. The M5 is a brilliant car.. Must better than the e63s amg from merco benz even without the competiton package.. I just wanted to highlight thay the point you are trying to make is completely out of any context.. Especially until those guys placing the f90 competition on the same testbench..

  • KidRed

    Wait, the normal M5 is more powerful than the M5 Competition? That’s makes zero sense. No one would buy the Competition model if the cheaper regular M5 was faster.

    I know BMW underrates, but in this case it would hurt sales of their more expensive model. I’m confused.

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