The BMW E61 M5 Touring is the last M5 to be built in this body shape. BMW shows no signs of wanting to do this again so fans of the brand love this particular model not only for its 5-liter V10 engine but also for the practicality it brings, and the fact that it’s a rare bird. However, no matter how extraordinary the high-revving engine was, by today’s forced-induction standards, it may seem like it’s underpowered. Especially if it goes against a Nissan GT-R.
Now what I should point out before you head on down to the bottom of the page to watch the drag race is that the R35 GT-R we’re looking at here is the original, built between 2007 and 2011. It does come with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, the same as the current version, but it used to make just 485 HP back in those days. It also had 588 Nm (434 lb-ft) of torque and all-wheel drive which meant it fast blazing fast from standstill, doing 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Luckily for the M5 the race we’re seeing here was done from a rolling start. Even though the BMW is considerably heavier, it holds its own against the GT-R and even catches up to it at higher speeds. We should also mention that while the engine under the hood was rated at 507 HP by the Germans, it is now fitted with Supersprint headers and exhaust and apparently has some 40 extra ponies under the hood.
That means we’re looking at a Touring M5 with 550 HP going up against a 485 HP Nissan GT-R. The result is quite fair taking everything into account and once again goes to show just how fast these ‘family cars’ used to be back in the day.