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2009 BMW M5 vs 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG (The ULTIMATE battle of Germans)

Finally, the fight of the beasts have begun. The almighty M5 and the mad CLS63 come to the battle ground once again, but with slight face lifts and some with heart surgeries. (interesting, see what you did there!!!). Starting with BMW’s M division (POWEEEEERRRRR division!), they have created a legend here. Last M5 was nothing in the nature sluggish or fat 4-door ish, it was a sensation and symphony (oh come on, that’s cliche). The new M5 though, some think has left us none of that fun! CLS63 has no history (Good, then no BS… you can get right into the point) behind its growling V8 (there we go again, you can get that out of anything, can’t you?), but with AMG, you have unlimited history, in fact, great history.




The 2009 BMW M5 with its V10 naturally aspired 5.0 liter engine definitely has got the guts to punch the opponent outside of the stage. That V10 produces a whopping 500 bhp at 7750 RPM with 383 lb-ft of torque at 6100 RPM. These figures are staggering and they are a lot for a car in this size. Some say, with minimal tuning, it can beat the Lamborghini Gallardo, but I am not convinced. It goes from dead zero to 60 in about 4.5 seconds. The fatal error Germans make in their cars is limiting their speed to 155 mph, but if that limiter was not there, it would go up to about 192 mph All this comes with a nicely packaged 5 series chassis and comfort. All the luxury are there including a fascinating head up display that shows your speed, RPM, and the G-force that is happening at that moment. All good then, or is it? Many people have complained that the M5 has not kept its heritage from its ancestors and that there are simply too many electronics controlling what you do. In addition to that, it is a difficult to live with this car. Here is why, until you press the “M” button which settings could be preset, the ca is going to be very sluggish and slow as well as very chunky and this BMW’s way of making it possible to live with everyday, but frankly if they left it alone with extreme performance, it would have been more pure and better. Overall, The 2009 BMW M5 is a great car to drive when you want to drive, but at the same it is an annoying car when trying to drive it just to get somewhere or when trying to drive slowly because you have clients in the car. The new M5 is what they call performance only car, not very practical for everyday use. Not to mention that the staggering engine and power comes at a cost. First, the fuel consumption is out of hand with EPA estimated 11/17 (city/hwy) (hey that’s my line!!!!!), secondly, the car is very expensive at around $95,000 if well equipped and in the first 2 years it is going to depreciate almost to 50%. The M5 then is a great car, but one of the most impractical purchases you are going to make, but then again it’s worth the beast’s magnificence.




No worries though, they have said that the new 2011 M5 will have a turbocharger boosting power to 550 – 580 bhp and increasing the displacement to 5.5 so something look forward to.

Now that we have talked about one side of the competition, it’s time to give the other side growl with its hand built 6.3 liter V8 producing 507 bhp at 6800 RPM and 465 lb-ft of torque at 5200 RPM, which makes the CLS go from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. The top speeds are close, but in a straight line, the cls63 is superior; however, it is in corners that the legendary BMW’s handling comes to play wins the battle. Perhaps we jumped in conclusions too early. The CLS63 certainly looks better than the M5, it is also more stylish on interior. This car is much more civilized than the M5 and the best part is that it is very easy to live with and it is completely practical. It is a tourer when all the prevention systems are on such the traction control, but when you turn those off, it will make the driving experience very intense and joyous. As expected, it’s not always all good, while you get the elegance from the Mercedes or the style or the lunacy, but what you don’t get from the Mercedes is the fun that you get out of the BMW. You see, when you turn off the traction control, it is still breaking and trying to get the car straight, but nobody likes that and that of course, means that after a while, your breaks are going to heat up and etc.




Which one would you buy if you were to buy one? Let us know because your opinion is important to us. thanks.


January 8, 2009 Posted by | Polls | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments