Nowadays, super-saloons such as the 2018 BMW M5 are almost as powerful as most supercars, if not more; for example, the M5 is putting down 600 PS (592 HP), compared to the Porsche 911 Turbo S’ 580 PS (572 HP).
Then there’s the fact that your average M5 will accelerate you to 100 km/h (62 mph) in as little as 3.4 seconds, while its top speed matters very little when it comes to racing over a 1/4 mile.
Of course, the 911 Turbo S is one of the world’s fastest-accelerating cars, period. Thanks to 580 PS and no fewer than 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, it can rocket to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds. It’s a rare breed of supercar, one that specializes in ghosting just about any ICE-powered opponent you throw at it when it comes to straight line sprints.
Then there’s the Nissan GT-R Track Edition, which in this case is a Litchfield-tuned model with 640 PS (631 HP) at its disposal. That’s plenty more than the stock GT-R, and also more than the 600 PS NISMO. Either way, it can certainly match the 911 Turbo S off the line; one of the few cars on Earth that can do so consistently.
Now back to the new BMW M5, a car that’s been praised by just about every single person that’s had the chance to review it properly. We understand it’s a tremendous machine, just like its main rival, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. However, there will always be separation between super-saloons and bonafide supercars, and this drag race is the perfect proof, even though the M5 put up a good fight.