Driving Dynamics – Both cars channel power to all four wheels with a rear biased power delivery. They don’t feel understeery as the setup let’s you play around a bit with the rear. Both also let you go rear wheel drive only for drifting but it’s so much easier to shut power to the front wheels in the M5, unlike in the AMG where you have to follow a slew of steps before rear-wheel drive mode is engaged. In the M5, you can go for 2WD and 2WD Sport modes, one let’s you drive with traction control while the other is a drift mode whereas traction control has to be turned off to engage drift mode in the E63.
Both the cars feature AWD but can be switched to rear-wheel drive
The Mercedes-AMG E63 feels more surefooted at higher speeds than the BMW M5. It feels more confident, better glued to the road and offers better feel and feedback from the steering as well. In comparison, the Bimmer feels a bit light and edgy, definitely more playful but certainly not as poised as the Merc. The E63 also has the better ride quality here although not by a mile and the nose lift function makes it more practical to tackle tall speed-breakers although the BMW didn’t scrape its underbelly on even the worst of roads (we still took caution by crawling sideways)! Little to choose from in the braking department as both cars offer strong stopping power with optional ceramic brakes which are almost fade free should you choose to drive on the track.
Safety and After Sales Service – Both the cars, as expected get a slew of safety features such as advanced all-wheel-drive systems, traction control and ESP to ensure that you don’t get too carried away by 600 BHP on tap. Needless to say, both the cars get 8 airbags and a stellar 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Verdict – Both these German cars are proof that you can have the best of both worlds. Both these super saloons offer terrific performance and engaging handling in a sedan body style. They are sleepers which look special and perform extremely well. But there is no denying the fact that the E63 handles and rides better and is better equipped too but also costs Rs. 10 lakhs more. But here is where the problem lies, choosing one of these two cars isn’t as easy as it seems because there is a lot of emotion involved here and while I would pick the E63 for it simply being better in more ways than one, the rest of the MotorBeam team is just spell bound by the M5 for they find solace in the way it looks and sounds, it just feels more hard edged and difficult to tame, making this German war a knockout of sorts.
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