The new BMW F90 M5 has been put through quite a number of tests so far ever since it was launched. The ‘new kid’ on the uber-sedan block has stirred up quite a lot of curiosity since it’s the first ever M car with all-wheel drive, excluding the already peculiar SUVs, of course. So far, the M5, in its standard guise – not the Competition model – managed to outrun all of its traditional rivals. The more powerful Competition version is supposed to be even faster off the line but what about a more non-conventional rival?
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Tesla cars have been repeatedly compared to BMWs over the last few years. I actually grew tired of seeing the Model 3 being compared to the M3 in various tests out there but I do understand people’s curiosity about the topic. After all, electric cars are widely regarded as the future and it’s interesting to see how the future compares to today’s best offers. That’s why we’re taking a closer look at how the Model S P100D compares to the BMW F90 M5.
From the get go, the numbers game shows a stark contrast. The Tesla comes with 613 HP and 1,074 Nm (792 lb-ft) of torque, all-wheel drive and all that twist delivered from 1 RPM. The American company claims the heavy behemoth will do 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds and that makes it one of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet. The M5 on the other hand comes with 600 HP and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, and has a claimed acceleration time of 3.4 seconds.
Maybe comparing the Tesla to the Competition M5 would’ve made more sense, as they would’ve been closer. Nevertheless, the M5 posted an impressive run. The Tesla was faster off the line, understandably so, but when reaching speeds over 100 mph, the lighter M5 managed to pull away, showing the Model S what real speed looks like. We’d still like to see this comparison done with the M5 Competition though.