Inside Line - 2013 BMW M5 Full Test

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    Inside Line - 2013 BMW M5 Full Test

    Well, not surprisingly, the new M5 isn't as agile as its predecessor and IL liked the old powerplant better.

    http://www.insideline.com/bmw/m5/201...and-video.html


    The key part of the review was at the end.


    But it basically comes down to this: Somehow the white coats in Munich made the 2013 BMW M5 more powerful and quicker and they've given it more grip, but they forgot something ó the emotion. Where's the excitement? Where's the visceral thrill? Where's the M5's sinister evil twin?

    Oh, that's right, it's down the street at the Cadillac dealer. It's called the CTS-V.
    I had the feeling that the 3G CTS-V will take the crown as king of the beasts and it seems more and more likely.

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    Re: Inside Line - 2013 BMW M5 Full Test

    Faster, more comfortable and not as much a driver's car as the last model. Sounds to me like it will appeal to more people. Will that help their image over the long run? Only time can tell...

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    Re: Inside Line - 2013 BMW M5 Full Test

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    Comparisons are best done when the cars are tested together; in this regard IL is more than a little late to the party.
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    2013 BMW M5 vs. 2012 Cadillac CTS-V - Comparison Test
    Forced-induction fisticuffs, with combatants from America and Germany.
    By Shaun Bailey / Photos by Brian Blades June 20, 2012
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    A quick scan of the data reveals that the M5 has smacked the CTS-V over the head and retaken the throne with a lap time that bettered the CTS-Vís by 1.43 seconds. A crushing blow for sure, and if youíve already skipped ahead to evaluate the points, something might seem amiss since the point split between these two is less than one. Itís because of the subjective metrics where we rated the Cadillac higher primarily because it remains truer to the concept of a spirited sports sedan.
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    After the initial hot laps in the M5, we were unimpressed. It feels ponderous in tight corners and the chassis only provides a modicum of communication, but surprise, the very first lap time in the M5 demolished the CTS-Vís. Feeling fast is truly not the same as being fast. The best example of exactly how isolated the driver is from the road are the brakes. Massive calipers clamp on floating rotors when decelerating from 110 mph down the back straight, the ABS is fully invoked and there is nothing felt.
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    On the track, the Cadillac CTS-V hits all the right notesógood power, livelier chassis and steering feel. That is until you look at the lap times and realize that the BMW M5 is much faster, and achieves that speed in a more civilized manner. This is even more evident on the road, where the M5ís ride is daily-commute friendly and the CTS-V beats you up a bit. My overall pick goes to the M5.
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    The M5 is the best-handling 7 Series BMW has ever made. Yeah, I know itís a 5 Series, but itís just so big, and soft, and comfortable and stomping fast. Itís high-performance luxury at its pinnacle, and for that reason Iíll take the CTS-V. Itís a sports sedan like the previous-generation BMW M5, where driver interaction and enjoyment take precedence over passenger comfort and isolation.
    óShaun Bailey
    Associate Engineering Editor

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