VIDEO: F90 BMW M5 vs Mercedes-AMG E63 S — Speed and Noise

BMW M5, News | July 16th, 2018 by 2
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To be perfectly honest, choosing between the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S isn’t really choosing which car is better but which flavor you prefer. …

To be perfectly honest, choosing between the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 S isn’t really choosing which car is better but which flavor you prefer. They’re both superb and, in reality, on the exact same level. They both make 600-plus horsepower from twin-turbocharged V8s, both have automatic gearboxes, both have all-wheel drive with rear-drive modes and both clip 60 mph in three seconds or less. They’re astonishing super sedans. But if you must pick a winner, this video from AutoTopNL will help you.

First, we take a listen to both cars’ exhaust notes. Both cars have loud, aggressive V8s but their exhausts are distinctly different. The AMG, in typical AMG fashion, is far angrier, it’s all fire and brimstone with a deep, thunderous bellow and bark. However, the BMW M5 is a racier, higher pitched and more metallic. It sounds more motorsport while the AMG sounds like the devil’s trombone.

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Then, we get to see which car is faster by watching each car drive POV-style. So we see the the way both cars tackle a twisty back road and accelerate on tighter roads. Both cars are so explosive and look like so much fun, while watching each car I don’t want to watch the other. Any car enthusiast would be thrilled to drive each one.

We then get to see a top speed run, to over 300 km/h, for each car. Forget which car is faster, though. We now live in a time when two, not just one but two, super sedans that have more comfort than a first-class airplane cabin can blast to over 300 km/h, while also being capable to tackle race tracks with ease and smoke their rear tires to bits.

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When the original E28 BMW M5 debuted, the world was blown away by a sedan with 286 horsepower and a top speed higher than some supercars. It was truly a remarkable event in automotive history. Now, we have two super sedans of that same caliber. It’s a time we should truly appreciate.

2 responses to “VIDEO: F90 BMW M5 vs Mercedes-AMG E63 S — Speed and Noise”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    I’m sorry but this car just doesn’t sound that good, it’s the worst sounding AMG E class so far and it’s pretty much the worst sounding car in its category. Listen to a CTS-V, an RS6 Performance, a GS-F, a Panamera Turbo or even an M550i, then this… No bueno. Even if you don’t like the M5’s note, which ultimately is very weird for an engine of its kind, at least it has the merit of being different.

    This just has good crackles and a well programmed inboard sound generator. The note itself is weak, a vague « woosh ». That’s miles away from what an AMG should sound like imo.

    They are both insanely fast though, the BMW being quicker and the AMG better at higher speeds.

    • Jujuman says:

      So much induction noise from E63 AMG, it system lacks continuity from the engine to the exhaust. I must say the F90 sounds much better, the exhaust sound is so organized.

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