Specs Comparison: BMW F90 M5 vs Mercedes-AMG E63

BMW M5, News | May 17th, 2017 by 16
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Yesterday, the interwebs received a bit of a bombshell, as the embargo for most journalists’ pre-production BMW M5 test drives lifted and the information flood …

Yesterday, the interwebs received a bit of a bombshell, as the embargo for most journalists’ pre-production BMW M5 test drives lifted and the information flood gates opened. Now we know almost everything we need to know about the upcoming BMW F90 M5. While we don’t have absolutely exact power figures, we have a really good guess and we know about how fast it is. So why don’t we do a bit of a comparison, of just the specs that we know of, between the F90 M5 and its main rival, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

At the moment, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S just might be the baddest, meanest and angriest four-door super sedan on the market. It packs a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that, in “S” trim, makes a whopping 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. All of that fury is sent through a Mercedes-derived nine-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels. The 4Matic all-wheel drive system on this new E63 differs greatly from that of the last one. Whereas the previous car had a fixed torque split, 70/30 rear/front, this new car’s setup is infinitely variable and will send most of its power to the rears under most circumstances. Though, it can send power to the front wheels on corner exit, to sort of trim the line and make things a bit neater if the back end gets out of place. There’s also an obnoxiously-named Drift Mode that allows the rear wheels get 100 percent of the power, so as to smoke the rear tires and slide about.

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By comparison, the BMW F90 M5 also gets a twin-turbocharged V8, a 4.4 liter unit, that makes over 600 hp. While we don’t know exactly how much power, we’ve heard whispers of 607, 615 and even just a flat 600. We’ll see when it finally debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but either way it’s going to be extremely competitive with the AMG. As far as torque is concerned, the F90 M5 is said to make around 516 lb-ft, which is significantly lower than the 627 lb-ft of the AMG. Though, the F90 M5 is also significantly lighter, so it has that to even things out a bit. The BMW, much like the AMG, has a variable all-wheel drive system that splits torque between the front and rear wheels as needed. Also like the AMG, the all-wheel drive system can be switched off and become solely rear-wheel drive, though it doesn’t need a corny Drift Mode to do so. It can just be switched to rear-wheel drive for any amount of time and for any driving.

As for performance, both cars are blisteringly quick. Mercedes-AMG quotes the E63 S at 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds, which is damn fast. That’s Porsche 911 Carrera 4S fast in a luxurious four-door sedan with a big trunk. That’s brutal speed. However, BMW claims that the F90 M5 is capable of the same sprint in “under 3.5 seconds” and is mum on the exact figures. We’re going to guess that the exact figure is claimed at 3.3 seconds, so as to not be outdone by AMG on paper. Though, we also suspect both cars might actually be a tick or two quicker than their claimed times say. All of that power, clever launch control systems, snappy gearboxes and all-wheel drive? Yea, these are gonna be fast cars.

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We’ve driven neither, obviously, but we will be doing some test drives of the new M5 this fall. But because we haven’t driven either, we’re not going to comment on which is better. We’re only presenting the specs, facts and claimed performance figures. Though we can say something definitive about both cars and it’s that both are flipping awesome. It doesn’t matter which brand you like more, how can you not love a 600 hp-plus four-door sedan that can embarrass super cars from just a few years ago? Just for the sake of comparison, the 2010 Audi R8 V10 took 3.7 seconds to get to 60 mph. These two sedans are both faster while being lined with more leather, metal and alcantara, can seat four adults in supreme luxury and have enough trunk space to carry most luggage. Who cares about which emblem is on the hood, these cars are awesome.

16 responses to “Specs Comparison: BMW F90 M5 vs Mercedes-AMG E63”

  1. Xin Jin says:

    I’ve seen someone saying 608hp, 750Nm, and [0-100 in 3.3s]. Seems he’s quite sure about it.

  2. Vardan Mkhitaryan says:

    So bmw tried hard to make the new m5, which isn’t still as fast as the E63 AMG. That’s another proof that Mercedes-Benz is always one step forward compared to loser bmw.

    • Griffin says:

      These numbers aren’t even official… so don’t jump to conclusions yet.

    • Xin Jin says:

      Look at what I posted above, that 3.3 sec sounds pretty real to me since they claim a “under 3.5 seconds”. That’s faster than E63 S model, not to mention the competition package after launching.

    • Dailybimmer says:

      You are wrong as always. As always the pathetic E63S will have no chance against Bmw M5. M5 is the real King not the fake E63S. Get lost

    • Johh says:

      M is always faster if you wants speed, m4 is faster than c63, x5m will bully gle 63s and definitely m5 will faster than e63, I will even take rs7 over that useless e63

    • Senne says:

      Where exactly did you read that the F90 isn’t at least as fast in a straight line as the E63?? BMW M says “under 3.5 seconds”, which means, like the article says (but you probably didn’t read it and just came here to troll), that the official time will probably be 3.3. The exact same claimed figure as the AMG. However, the F90 is much lighter and, since it’s a BMW, handles much better than the Mercedes. Conclusion: this will demolish the AMG on the track and at least match the straight-line performance. Now shut up.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        Be careful when you read figures, it’s easy to mix up all the different measurements and units. The articles that mentioned the “3.3s” time were talking about 0-62mph (0-100km/h). The E63 S is claimed at 3.4s. 3.3s is the 0-60mph (0-96km/h).

        I also saw a 9.2s but i’m not really sure if it’s 0-200km/h (which would be insane for a sedan) or 100-200km/h (which would be slower than the F10 lol)

        • Senne says:

          Thanks for the insight Kaisuke :) Hmm 9.2 would indeed be insane, but it’s definitely not going to be slower at anything than the F10, since it’s lighter, has waaaaay more grip thanks to the 4WD, has more power and torque and the dampers are also completely new! :)

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            The CAR Magazine article states that the “Acceleration from 0-62mph is a breathtaking 3.3s affair […] And the big push continues, past 125mph 9.2s later”. The syntax to me suggest that it hits 125mph 9.2s later after having done 0-62mph. But again i checked and even the X5 M is faster than that…

            So it does mean that they’re in fact talking about the 0-125mph (0-200km/h) time. I literally see no one else talking about it, but that’s like Audi R8 V10 Plus, 570S, 911 Turbo S fast. That’s mind blowing ! Tbh i anticipated that the M5 could’ve been that fast but damn

            The same article says that the car is only 35kg lighter than the F10 though, i was expecting more.

          • Senne says:

            The weight difference is “up to” 100 kg. But for a well equipped example, probably like the one journalists have been testing, it can be more like 35 kg.

            If CAR Magazine says it exactly like you’re quoting, it does mean it takes 9.2 seconds after the 3.3 s for 0-62, so that would be 12.5 seconds 0-200. I find that hard to believe since the F10 M5 did 0-200 in 11.7 seconds. I guess we’ll have to wait for more official numbers. Can’t wait for the release!

      • Vardan Mkhitaryan says:

        Pathetic asshole. Since when the miserable M car can outrun comparative AMG? Go and hang yourself, stupid idiot.

        • Senne says:

          Watch out, we got a butthurt Merc fanboy over here.

          PS Why are you even on BMW Blog, if you can’t even admit they make some awesome vehicles, like the upcoming F90? I prefer BMW, but it’s not like I can’t say anything good about Mercedes. Simply because they make awesome cars as well. I just prefer everything about BMW.

          PPS What are you? Like a 9 year old boy? Cheez.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      vardan just butthurt lmfao go cry in ya taxi

  3. Hayden8 says:

    That’s for sure the new M5 will have more than 517 lb-ft, I think it will be around 553 lb-ft like the X5 et X6 M. Remember the M6 has 517 lb-ft with the competition package.

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