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BMW M4 Exhaust Comparison: Hamann vs Akrapovic vs Stock

Without a doubt the stock exhaust of the BMW m4 is the quite a tame one, so there are on the market some alternatives with a much deeper grumble. The loudest and inmost sounding of the three is the Hamann exhaust, however some may such as the Akrapovic for its more civilized sound. The video customer does not take the 3 cars on the road and tape the noise, a more practical comparison.

An excellent exhaust system and its sound stands out through a series of downshifts, tunnel drives and backfires, for instance, so a more comprehensive test drive is in order before picking exactly what the very best exhaust system for the M4 is.

We haven’t had a chance to experience the Hamann system, however we did spend a couple of minutes with the Akrapovic device at Nurburgring in 2014. Sadly, in a parking area likewise.

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Top gear: BMW M135 vs. VW Golf GTI

On an extremely wet track, Jeremy Clarkson sets out to prove why the BMW M135i is a better vehicle than the VW Golf GTI. But is that really the case?

The BMW M135i is powered by a 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The innovation bundle consists of a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Accuracy Injection with main multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing.

The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in simply 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a leading speed of 250 km/h– the leading limit permitted by the car’s electronic speed control system.

The brand-new VW Golf GTI uses a four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged engine producing 217 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched to a dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 100 km/h runs in 5.9 seconds.

So, which is a much better vehicle?


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Chris Harris compares E63 AMG S vs BMW M6 Gran Coupe vs Jaguar XFR-S

Chris Harris of / DRIVE puts together a shootout in between 3 outrageous 550+ hp cars from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jaguar.

The BMW M6 Gran Coupe is pitted versus the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S and Jaguar XFR-S. In the UK, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe costs just under ₤ 98,000 and showcases a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 552bhp and 680Nm of torque. It runs from 0-60 in simply 4.2 seconds prior to attacking a restricted top speed of 155mph.

The E63 AMG is powered by a hand-built 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 which produces 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque in the top-of-the-line S-Model. Without fronting the additional cash for the S badge, it makes 550-hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. Power is transferred to the ground with a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox using appropriate left-for-downshift, right-for-upshift steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Jaguar XFR-S gets some modifications to the engine-management controls and exhaust system squeezing an added 40 horsepower and 41 lb-ft of torque from Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V-8, for totals of 550 and 502. That’s good for an estimated 0-to-60-mph time of barely even more than four seconds and a leading speed of 186 miles per hour.

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Dyno: BMW F10 M5 vs C63 Black Series and E63 AMG PP

Below are two dyno comparisons between the 2012 BMW M5 F10, Mercedes Benz C63 BLack Series and E63 AMG PP (Performance Package).
All cars are stock and have been tested under similiar conditions.

As you may notice, the M5 has the highest output of horsepower, while the E63 AMG develops the highest torque figure., from even a lower rpm than the M5. The C63 BLack is the less potent of the group, but weighs a lot less, so performance is similar. Though many M enthusiasts, including myself, are criticizing BMW for turbocharging the latest M5’s engine, the truth is that the S63Tu engine still is a high-revving engine, with a vivid character, linear power band up to 7000 rpm, while the Merc E63 is out of juice from around 6K.

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Drag race: BMW M5 F10 vs Tesla S

The below video is a drag race comparison from null to 100 mph (~160kph) between the 2013 BMW M5 F10 and the Tesla S, which is the performance electric saloon car developed the Tesla.

BMW m5 V8 vs Tesla S

It is remarkable how the Tesla takes the lead and keeps it for a while, though it’s obvious that the M5 wasn’t launched properly using the Launch Control feature, plus there is a slight reaction delay from the M5 driver at the start line. The Tesla S also has very low top speed limited, due to the Electric power train and Gearing, so its not a clear winner of the race.

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BMW M5 E60 vs F10 on German autobahn
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M5 Battle: E60 vs F10 on German Autobahn

The following is a performance comparison between the old BMW E60 V10 M5 and the 2013 F10 V8 M5 on the famous German autobahn. Though, the 5 liters naturally aspirated V10 is my favorite because of the thrilling driving experience, it is no match against the mighty 680 NM torques produced by the new 4.4 V8 S63Tu engine on the new F10 M5, specially on roll-on races.

BMW M5 E60 vs F10 on German autobahn

As shown in a previous post (, here is the performance difference data between the two generations M5.

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BMW M6 Cabrio vs Mercedes SL 63 AMG

In the latest Autoexpress video review, the new BMW M6 F12 cabriolet, faces tough competition from old rival Mercedes,with the also brand new, 2012 Mercedes SL 63 AMG with Performance Package. Autoexpress reviews both models on a track. First thing to mention in terms of performance, is that despite the fact that both cars have similiar power output (around 550hp), the power per weight balance makes the winner out of the Mercedes, 305.1 Hp per ton for the SL 63 AMG, while the BMW M6 has an output of “only” 272 HP per ton.


In my opinion, the 2012 M6 is one of the prettiest BMW in the last decade, and it’s a shame that BMW decided to use old and heavy materials to build it, diminishing the handling, the braking, the acceleration.. the all feel of the car. Old SL’s were also very heavy (around 200 kg heavier), but Mercedes and Audi have been implemented lighter materials for almost all the models launched in end 2011 and 2012. BMW will follow of course, and actually, the new 3 series is the first BMW model to benefit of this new light materials. As a comparison the F10 5 series is 100-150 kg heavier than the previous model, the E60 series. And so the F12 6 series model, being based on the 5 series, is around 100 kg heavier than the previous E63 6 series coupe model.

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