Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 4 years ago

Can A Competition Pack Help The BMW M5 Beat A Mercedes-AMG E63 S?

The M5 Competition has more power than the standard car, so will it be able to vanquish an E63 S?

Remind me later

Earlier this year, the ladies and gents at Car Wow drag-raced two hugely potent super saloons: the BMW M5, and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Both have V8s with similar power outputs, and both send power to all four corners, but the AMG took a fairly convincing victory.

Now, it’s rematch time. In the Munich corner it’s the new M5 Competition: a slightly lower, slightly stiffer version of the four-door missile which - crucially - has more power. With 616bhp it’s pokier than the Mercedes (which develops 603bhp from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8) on paper, and we all know how conservative BMW tends to be with its factory figures.

Both cars are powerful, and both look extremely mean...
Both cars are powerful, and both look extremely mean...

As ever with these drag races, we also have a rolling-start race to go along with the conventional standing quarter, plus a braking test.

Place your bets, then press play.