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Even tho the M5 is a fine auto 0-60 is not... (archive)

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Posted by AMGGuy on March 10, 2002 at 11:11:17:

In Reply to: Similar performance??? posted by Blauer Blitz on March 10, 2002 at 10:37:19:

everything... but I'm sure an avid car enthusiast such as yourself knew that. The M5's a fine car, but even it has weak points, including being 400+ lbs heavier than E55 (less tossable than e55's 3650 lbs), recirc ball steering (less road "feel"), weaker brakes, and POSSIBLY more maintenance in the long run (clutch problems, engine). And since you started to quote magazines, I think Sam Mitani (Feature editor for R&T) said it best when he says, ""After spending more than a week in Germany driving that countrys fastest road-going machines, I realized that the name of the game there is top speed. And both the BMW and Mercedes-Benz are Autobahn demons of the first order. The difference between the two becomes apparent around a twisty road course. Surprisingly, the BMW exhibited significant understeer through tight corners, while the Mercedes-Benz felt more neutral and precise. Also, the E55 felt noticeably more stable under hard braking. So, despite not having a manual gearbox, my nod in this test goes to the Mercedes-Benz."

You still do have a fine car there, so don't sweat it! : )

look... I dunn want to get into a flame war, but numbers don't lie. Stop by your local magazine stand and pick up an 4/2002 issue of MT.

Fact is... stock to stock, current M5 outperforms current E55. Its just one of those things... 0.39 seconds in ANY racing is not close at all.

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