The 2012 BMW M5 F10 finally gets its time on Top Gear tomorrow, March 11 on BBC UK. Richard Hammond will be the reviewer and in an attempt to prove it is better than a jet plane, pits May in a jet plane to beat him in a lap of the track. UK members set your TV recorders, and everyone else, look for clips online soon after the episode airs at 8PM UK time. Small preview inside.
Here’s a preview of an upcoming Top Gear magazine feature where James May with the help of The Stig thrashes the F10 M5 thoroughly, while comparing it to its top competition – the E63 AMG sedan. Check out some preview words and some Stig driving footage inside.
Autocar is the first to come in with a direct head to head comparison of the F10 M5 against its competitors, in this case the E63 AMG and the Jaguar XF-R. They make their pick, although for very specific reasons which may not matter to those looking to make a decision for a daily driver. See the review inside.
We’ve stacked the F10 M5 up against the E63 AMG and CTS-V, but there are other cars in the segment which warrant further comparison, namely the Porsche Panamera Turbo/S and the Jaguar XF-R.
This comparison covers cars from a wide range of prices – from $80,000 to $173,000, but on paper the performance specs and owner demographics are close enough to compare. Again, the real tests will come from test drives, reviews, and direct comparos of the M5 against its rivals.
Now that the Official F10 M5 Production stats and specs have been revealed, the natural question is how it compares to its most direct competitors. We undertake this comparison below, with a photo and specs shootout against two of the M5′s biggest rivals — the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan.
As some might not know yet, Mercedes-Benz has recently announced the use of their new 5.5L twin turbo V8 for the E63 beginning this Fall. We’ve used this new engine’s specs to provide the most up-to-date comparison possible.
On paper, the super sedans are pretty evenly matched. The differences will come in the driving experience and real world test results. As BMW traditionally underrates their power figures, we expect the F10 M5′s real … CONTINUED