According to Car and Driver magazine, which tested the latest 2012 BMW M5, the car is capable to accelerate to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds, not 4.4 seconds as the automaker said. It also covers the quarter mile in 12.0 seconds at 122mph.
The magazine also tested the latest 2009 Mercedes E63 AMG, which, according to the magazine accelerates to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The most fastest Mercedes tested by Car and Driver is the 2012 CLS 63AMG who is capable to hit 60mph in 3.8 seconds, only 0.1 seconds slower than the 2012 BMW M5.
Car and Driver:
The new M5 will assuredly be profitable. But whether is it spectacular or merely great – many people would put a 4300-pound luxury sedan that hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds firmly in the former category – it’s definitely no parts-bin badge job.
Compared to an E60 M5 equipped with an automated manual transmission, the new BMW M5 F10 is a half-second quicker both to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile, and 2.4 seconds quicker to 150mph.
In addition, the braking distance is seven feet longer, but then, the F10 is about 200 pounds heavier.