On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 BMW M5 against the 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS in an epic super sedan showdown. The battle begins in California’s Mojave desert with a classic quarter-mile drag race. Then Jonny takes both V-8 powered sports saloons up to Big Bear, California to find out which one carves up the winding mountain roads the best.
Check out the dyno results from the EAS Dyno Day this past weekend. 22 BMWs (mostly M3s) showed up throughout the day to put their engines to the test on a Dynoject 224xLC. The day started at 8:00 with the temperature already in the low 80’s, and ended at about 5:30 in the high 90’s! Regardless of the California heat, the cars performed well and everyone seemed to enjoy the show, food and the friendly competition.
The highest dyno’d car was a Matte Black ESS VT2-600 supercharged E92 M3 with 562hp / 364lb-ft torque. They even had the F12/F13 M6 on the dyno.
Autoexpress puts two potent German convertibles to the test - the 2013 M6 Convertible (F12) against the 2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG.
On paper, the F12 M6 features a 4.4L V8 pushing 560hp/680 Nm torque, while the SL63 is powered by a 5.4L V8 with 556hp/800 Nm torque.
The 2013 M6 convertible carries an MSRP of $113,995 in the US, compared to the SL63’s sticker price of $146,695. Watch Autexpress’ impressions inside.
Autocar India conducts its annual Autocar Trackday 2012, pitting India’s 11 best driver’s cars against each other at the hands of Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
Three BMWs were included in the competition, including the 2013 F10 M5, F30 328i, and 640d Coupe. See the results inside.
The segment for each car starts at:
F30 328i - 5:57min
640d Coupe - 7:36min
F10 M5 - 9:54min
F30 328i - 2:5.7 (car was suspension blocks!)
640d Coupe - 2:1.9
F10 M5 - 1:57.1
Here’s how the 328i, 640d, and M5 compare on paper (factory quoted specs):
F30 328i - 240hp / 255lb-ft / 0-60 5.4s
640d Coupe - 315hp / 465lb-ft / 0-60 5.2s
F10 M5 - 560hp / 501 lb-ft / 0-62 4.4s
In addition to the great comparison review between his new 2013 F10 M5 and F10 550i, M5POST member kamichael now shares with us a great set of comparison pics between the M5 and 550i. See inside.
Have a first real life comparison look at how the F30 3 Series M Sport (in Estoril Blue II) compares to the E90 3 Series M Sport model. You be the judge - which do you prefer?
Watch as a VF Engineering supercharged (VF650) BMW E92 M3 goes against a Hennessy tuned CTS-V.
Watch the gauge clusters (speedometer and tachometer) of the 2012 328i and 335i accelerating side-by-side in full out acceleration runs from a stop. Gives a good idea of how the two compare in terms of acceleration.
We’ve also added previously posted videos of our experience with the two models from the BMW press drives, both at our own hands and with the skills of professional BMW drivers Joey Hand and Bill Auberlin.
Site member Palbay spotted the new F13 M6 Coupe in Sakhir Orange with M Carbon Ceramic Brakes at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC. Posing next to it was a Monte Carlo Blue M5 for a good visual comparison of the two cars.
Here are the physical stats compared between the M6 coupe and M5 sedan.
M6 - 1374 mm
M5 - 1451 mm (3.03 inches higher than M6 coupe)
M6 - 2106 mm (to side mirrors)
M5 - 2119 mm (to side mirrors) (0.51 inches wider than M6 coupe)
M6 - 4898 mm
M5 - 4910 mm (0.47 inches longer than M6 coupe)
M6 - 2851 mm
M5 - 2964 mm (4.44 inches longer than M6 coupe)
Weight (unladen (DIN/EU)):
M6 - 1850kg / 1925kg (4078 lb / 4243 lb)
M5 - 1870kg / 1945kg … CONTINUED