Dutch magazine AutoWeek delivers a video comparison between the new BMW M5 and the Jaguar XKR-S. Before we jump into the review, let’s have a look at the powerplants found in the two super sporty cars.
With the 2012 BMW M5, the Garching-based sport division replaces the naturally aspirated engine with a TwinPower turbocharged V8.
The high-revving 4.4-liter (4395cc) turbocharged uses the BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology, twin-scroll turbochargers, high-precision direct fuel injection, Valvetronic variable valve control and a cross-bank exhaust manifold. 2012 BMW M5 outputs 560 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 501 lb-ft of torque (680 Nm) at 1,500 rpm.
The high-rev unit rockets the M5 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and under 4 seconds using BMW’s new Launch Control.
BMW offers a 7-speed DCT and manual transmission in the new M5. The M5 is limited to a top speed of 155 mph, or 190 mph with the M Driver’s Package.
Jaguar XKR-S is powered by a supercharged and direct-injected 5.0-liter AJ V-8 producing 550 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 502 pound-feet of torque between 2500 and 5500 rpm. Top speed is limited to 186 mph. The XKR-S runs to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, as tested by Car and Driver.
Let’s have a look at the video review. For English subtitles, please click on the “CC” icon.