In the world of uber-sedans, it doesn’t get a lot better than what the Germans are offering. Sure, there’s the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat roaming around but to be honest, that’s an animal for a different crowd. When it comes to style and refinement in an Autobahn cruiser, you’re narrowing things down to the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63 models.
The battle is about to get even fiercer as there’s a new E63 model on the market right now which currently has eye-watering specs and goes unchallenged in the segment. That’s until the new F90 M5 will come out at least, when things are bound to even out, with the new M car rumored to pack enough punch to give the AMG brute a proper run for its money.
Until we get to see the new models go up against each other though, let’s take a look at how the older ones fared in a straight out drag race, shall we? In the video below we get to examine the contest between a F10 BMW M5 and a Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG T-Modell or wagon as it is better known in the US.
On paper, things should definitely go in the favor of the Merc here. The E63 S comes with an upgraded version of the legendary 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 of the AMG division, tuned to make 585 HP and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. Furthermore, the wagon also benefits from all-wheel drive which could turn out to be decisive in a drag race with a standing start. Officially, the Merc will do 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds.
On the other side of the track we have a stock BMW M5. It comes with less power and torque, being rated at 560 HP and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft). It also doesn’t have AWD but it does make up for it by being some 200 kg (440 lbs) lighter. Will that prove to be enough? Well, let’s just say the result is surprising.