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Re: (e34) M5 vs e500/500e (archive)

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Posted by Klaus on April 13, 2001 at 22:11:48:

In Reply to: (e34) M5 vs e500/500e posted by Ranjor on April 13, 2001 at 12:18:13:

I have a great article from CAR&DRIVER, 1992, compares the 1991 M5, 500E and Audi S4
Some of the the performance numbers:

M5 0-60 5.6 sec 0-120 21.9 sec
1/4 mile [email protected] slalom 63.4 mph
500E 0-60 5.5 sec 0-120 20.8 sec
1/4 mile [email protected] slalom 60.7
S4 0-60 6.1 sec 0-120 29.4 sec
1/4 mile [email protected] slalom 61.8

The M5 outhandled both the Merc and Audi and won the comparision. The Merc was also $24,000 more at the time. The Merc was an auto and was the fastest of the test but not by much.


I'm thinking of buying a sleeper sedan. I'm down looking at the above two choices. I would appreciate the pluses and minuses of both cars. I believe the bimmer will be "sportier" due to the 5speed. but reliability and maitenance become issues. It appears the MBZ is more expensive but the "only common" problems are weaking PS pumps. What are the performance spec on the M5? Either car will be rebadged the m to 525 the 500 to a e260.

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