In a world where everyone is trying as hard as possible to be politically correct you have to take a moment and appreciate the Russians. They may not be the most popular nation in the West but they sure like to do things their own way, even when it comes to reviewing a BMW M5, for example. While most people would’ve taken the car to a track to drift it, they simply decide a public, open road will do just fine and carry on filming.
I am rather interested to see if the footage you’re going to see posted at the bottom of this page had even the slightest repercussion on the driver but my guess is that it won’t. Nevertheless, this comparison between the BMW F90 M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63S is one of the best we’ve seen since the new Bimmer came out. It includes four challenges for the cars, to figure out which is best and they include a trip to the dyno, to see how much power they are actually making.
So, how much do the two actually make? Well, BMW claims the M5 has 600 PS and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque in standard guise but the guys found out the Bimmer actually makes 675 PS and 820 Nm (605 lb-ft) of torque. At the same time, the Mercedes-AMG E63S claims to have 612 PS and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque but the car actually makes 686 PS and 870 Nm (642 lb-ft) of torque. Both manufacturers apparently lie a little about the output of their twin-turbo V8 engines but that’s a known fact in today’s turbocharged era.
The second challenge was to put the two cars in a proper drag race, to see which is faster. This was a half mile run, not the usual 1/4 mile we see every day on Youtube and things couldn’t have been closer. The lighter M5 won all three races but only by small differences, beating the more powerful AMG in a straight line and causing the presenter to almost lose his voice in the process. Nevertheless, these things are too close, the launch being the differentiator almost every time. The Competition model should take things even further. All in all, this is probably the best comparison of the two done so far.