VIDEO: BMW M5 vs Mercedes-AMG E63 S…Again

BMW M5, Videos | April 7th, 2018 by 6
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The new BMW M5 versus the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Almost every journalistic publication has deliberated about this very topic every since these two cars have been on sale. However, this new video comparison from Autocar is probably the best, most complete and fairest assessment of both cars we’ve seen yet. Seriously, kudos to the folks at Autocar because they’ve managed to compare these cars as thoroughly and as fairly as we’ve seen yet.

Before the new BMW M5 debuted, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S was the best super sedan in the world. In fact, it was in contention for the best super sedan ever made. And it still is. It’s an astonishing car with monstrous amounts of power, more luxury than anyone could ever really ask for and all-weather capability while also having a two-wheel drive drift mode. It’s everything you could want from a car. Zero compromises.

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Then the BMW M5 came out and uses, essentially, the very same formula. And as Autocar explains, if both brands are using the same formula, it’s likely because that’s the best way to do it. And now that the M5 is out, it’s a seriously difficult question to answer, whether or not it’s better than the mighty AMG.

Both cars are so similar in both spec and performance that it’s almost impossible to call. Both cars have twin-turbo V8s, 4.0 liter for the AMG and 4.4 liter for the BMW. Both make 600-plus horsepower, 603 for the AMG and 600 for the BMW. Both have conventional torque-converter automatic gearboxes, a nine-speed for the AMG and an eight-speed for the BMW. And both have all-wheel drive systems with rear-wheel drive modes.

We won’t even bother talking about straight-line performance because they’re both so close that, on any given day, one can beat the other. Tiny variables can sway the race in either direction. So what’s more important, and what Autocar talks about in this video, is how both cars drive. So which is better?

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Well, it’s interesting. The AMG, with its incredible V8 roar and ever-so-slightly more exciting feel, seems like the more thrilling car. It’s the louder, angrier, more brutal car of the two, in terms of its delivery and driving feel. While the BMW M5, which is still incredibly violent and powerful, is a bit more comfortable and more refined. So it really comes down to personal preference.

In the end, Autocar chooses the BMW M5 as the better of the two. It’s better at both ends of the spectrum, as they say in the video, being that it can be a monster on the track as well as super comfortable everyday. While the AMG can do both as well, the BMW M5’s reach is further on both ends and, therefor, it’s the better all-around car. If you just want a sedan to be thrilling and angry, then maybe the AMG is the better car of the two. But the BMW is the better car of the two, albeit by a hair. Watch the video, though, it’s worth listening to their reasoning.

6 responses to “VIDEO: BMW M5 vs Mercedes-AMG E63 S…Again”

  1. mod9 says:

    This should settle it then… unless you are a Mercedes can who disagrees, of course.

    For me, I like the fact that the M5 is more comfortable- very important distinguishing factor. They also say it feels faster which is another plus. The M division have nailed it on this one, I love the looks that are understated and the overall performance which bests the Mercedes.

    I actually don’t feel the need for the competition package, this fulfils my needs just fine. I fear the former is going to be rather harsher in the comfort department, which I am not going to like.

    Well done M division, you have created arguably the best M5 ever!

    • Arunabh says:

      Correct. In the sport saloon class, Ride comfort can actually play decisive role. These cars aren’t supposed to be bone jarring sports car. They should play lots of roles from crushing sports car at one end of spectrum to, probably, comfortably dropping the kids (of filthy rich parents, of course) to school at the other and anything in between.

      And its here, the M5 truly shines.

  2. Arunabh says:

    BMW wins again. Or rather, M wins again. Though i must say, that in E63s AMG has created such a fantastic package that it required every bit of M talent just to stay ahead only by fractions of fraction. But, such is this class that even an amoeba sized victory distinguishes the great from very good ones.

    PS – Can you make your videos more catchy and interactive AC UK?

  3. Senne says:

    Where is the time when Mercedes was all comfort, no sport and BMW the other way around? It’s so surprising that they literally say the M5 is the more comfortable car… Luckily their conclusion is still that the M5 is the better car all round although by a small margin. I think it really comes to brand preference most of the time as both are simply so darn good! I’d take the M5 every single day of the week though. :) I really think they nailed it and that it’s arguably the best M5 ever…

  4. Icebreakerr says:

    m5 wins again :)

  5. gtobynj says:

    There seems to be so little to it, that it will really come down to personal, subjective preference – and on that note, I find the E Class, especially the lowlier models incredibly ugly and while the 5’er isn’t perhaps as handsome as some of it’s predecessors, to me and my subjective opinion it is far and away the better looking of the two, which when I’m dropping that kind of coin is important, I want the whole package – I can take the Subaru WRX STi being damned ugly given the price point, not the E63/M5.

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