The BMW M5 Is Now Faster to 62 MPH than Plenty of Supercars

BMW M5, Interesting | August 25th, 2017 by 13
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The new BMW M5 moved from the traditional rear-wheel drive setup BMW got us used to, to a whole new layout using all-wheel drive. Dubbed …

The new BMW M5 moved from the traditional rear-wheel drive setup BMW got us used to, to a whole new layout using all-wheel drive. Dubbed M xDrive, the new system admittedly can send all of its power to the rear wheels alone and should cater to the needs of both conservative old-school fans of the brand and the new-age people more interested in 0-62 mph sprint time. Because, let’s be honest, the move to all-wheel drive was done to improve this aspect and boy, did BMW deliver.

The new M sedan claims it will reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in a blazing fast 3.4 seconds and, knowing the Germans, that’s a conservative claim. Even so, that figure allows the 600 HP beast to hang with plenty of supercars, actually being faster than a lot of them in a straight line. Sure, that’s not all that counts when it comes to high performance vehicles but for a lot of people, knowing that their four-door mid-size sedan can keep up with an Audi R8 will be enough to make them buy it.

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Speaking of which, the current Audi R8 V10 model is actually slower than the new BMW M5, with Audi claiming it will do 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. It’s a split hair close call but it’s still slower. The V10+ is a different story of course, with a claimed 3.2 seconds. Another supercar you wouldn’t expect to be slower than the M5 is the Lamborghini Reventon, the V12-powered limited-run model having a similar 3.5-second 0-62 mph run claim.

The same story applies when talking about the Pagani Zonda F or the Ferrari F50 with the former doing the benchmark sprint in 3.6 seconds and the latter in 3.8 seconds. Last but not least I’d like to mention the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, a proper supercar that gave BMW fans nightmares. Well, with its 3.7-second sprint it is slower than the new M5 so there you have it, BMW’s long awaited supercar has finally arrived!

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