Okay, so this is a bit of a silly comparison. The new F90-generation BMW M5 is the fastest accelerating BMW of all time. It also has 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive. So of course it’s going to be faster than the BMW M2, a small coupe with 365 hp and only rear-wheel drive. Especially the one in this video, which has a manual gearbox. However, it’s interesting to see the two cars go up against each other, sort of, in this new video from TFLC.
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Now, the two don’t directly race in this video but it’s interesting to see the contrast between the two. On one hand, the BMW M2 is a small, nimble and pure sports car, with a straight-six up front, a manual gearbox in the middle and drive at the back. So it’s a very fun, very pure car to drive. On the other hand, the BMW M5 is a large super sedan, with a monster V8, an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. Naturally, the BMW M5 is significantly faster, getting from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds (it was tested at a mile above sea level and they had the throttle in Efficient, so that’s actually pretty good), while the M2 took over 5 seconds at that elevation.
Where things get really interesting is in the handling department. Obviously, the M2 is the more nimble car, thanks to its shorter wheelbase and rear-wheel drive. However, the BMW M5 is surprisingly agile and very fun to drive. In fact, TFLC’s pro driver claims that it has a little M2 in its character. And it’s very fun to drive in rear-wheel drive mode, where it’s not as much of a hooligan as you’d think but progressive and smooth in the way it breaks loose.
Overall, the BMW M5 is a really impressive car and one that can actually be as much fun to drive on a track as the purists sports car, the BMW M2, while having enough power to roast almost anything in a straight line.