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BMW M5 Horsepower: Fact Check

The M5 is undoubtedly a highly-tuned performance machine – but is BMW underplaying its real power? That’s the conclusion that Car and Driver reached during extensive testing. Official BMW M5 horsepower is rated at 600 hp (617 hp for the Competition model) and 553 lb/ft of torque – impressive by any standards, especially considering the M5 weighs in at over two tons. But this supercar is capable of even more.

M5 Performance by the Numbers

As mentioned, M5 performance specs put horsepower at 600 at the crank. Drivetrains are not 100% efficient in transferring crank horsepower to wheel hp. A loss of 15 – 20% in an automatic transmission is typical. So, we’d expect a range of between 480 – 510 hp at the wheel for the M5.

Car and Driver conducted a dyno test on the M5 Competition, and guess what? They found it had 617 hp at the wheel – which was its factory rating at the crank. In practical terms: this car is much more powerful than stated. All that power is making it to all four wheels. They also measured torque, which was 606 lb/ft, 10% more than the factory torque rating.

The M5 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds and makes a quarter mile in a stunning 11 seconds. A real supercar.

Despite higher power-to-weight ratios, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Cadillac CTS-V, and the all-wheel Jaguar XE SV Project 8 are all a full second slower on the zero to 60 and ¼ mile.

BMW M5 Horsepower Is Just the Beginning 

The M5 and M5 Competition are stunning to drive. Powerful, certainly, but they are also well-rounded vehicles that combine innovation, performance, and sleek lines that are guaranteed to meet the high expectations of even the most exacting Bimmer fans.

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BMW M5 vs Ford Mustang GT500


Drag racing can be fun – when done in a safe and careful manner. In the case of BMW and Ford, they’ve paired up the F10 M5 and Mustang GT500. So when two cars go head to head – who wins? Is it who you might expect? Or does the end result surprise you?

In the case of the BMW F10 M5 and Ford Mustang GT500, the BMW M5 is tuned up in order to produce 700 hp instead of its standard 560, with an additional AFE intake, AFE scoops, and AMS catless downpipes. This makes the BMW slightly heavier, but it also gives it a lot more power. The Mustang GT500 has 550 hp, but it’s lighter on its tires than the BMW. So when put to the test, who’s the faster?

The BMW M5 leaves the Mustang in the dust. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise given BMW’s smart designs and the upgrades the M5 was given. Mustangs are supposed to be fast and strong, but these days Ford doesn’t seem to be as on the ball as many other luxury car creators, BMW included. Whatever the real case may be, BMW is out and ahead, looking stunning as always and leaving competition far, far behind.

When it comes to new and used BMW M5 for sale, you can always visit Braman BMW. Not interested in buying? Then check out the BMW M5 lease deals that may be available. You can save money, have a brand new BMW in your garage, and have the chance to trade up when the lease is up. Leave the Ford Mustang behind and get behind the wheel of a beautiful BMW M5 – whether or not it’s been given a bit of an extra boost. It’s still going to provide you with all the power and wonderful handling that people expect from BMW.