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Old 6th November 2002, 10:37   #1
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Automobile Mag Dec Issue Tests E55, Rs6, S Type R, M5

The beast holds it's own

Courtesy of amguy at mbworld.org

Dec 2002 Automobile Magazine.

Article Summary.

BMW M5 is the winner....

Jag S-type R 12 mpg 0-60 5.7 sec 1/4 mile 14.2 sec @ 100 mph
The four valve per cylinder, 4.2-liter V8 from Coventry is seriously strong, yet it still lags a long way behind the three valve per cylinder Benz...

While the three German cars stay hot on each other's heels when pushed, the Jag slowly but surely, drops back. It loses 1.4 sec to the RS6 from 0 -60 mph, it is more than 4 sec behind the E55 at the 100mph mark and it takes almost twice as long as it rivals to reach the electronically governed 155 mph top speed.

Jag's extra gear can't mask its relative lack of pulling power. The Jag in particular is hampered by the fretful demeanor of it digital watchdogs (Electronic stability control)

Pitch, dive and sway are far too pronounced. Brakes are excellent, steering is direct and precise, but the engine does not communicate particularly well with the transmission...

The Jag rides remarkably well. It is quiet and refined, lavishly appointed and nicely assembled. We might be able to overlook the cramped cabin and the small trunk, but we can't ignore the underwhelming straightline performance and the overall lack of agility.

Audi RS6 13 mpg 0-60 4.3 sec 1/4 mile 12.8 sec @ 109 mph
Caught off-kilter, humming along at low revs in a high gear, the turbo V-8 takes a second or two to build up to full boost, but once therem, it loads up the driveline like a Pratt & Whitney jet engine at full afterburner.

thanks to the AWD the RS6 puts the power down with aplomb. It is unfortunately, nose-heavy, a trait that makes it understeer strongly. The RS6 also has the knobbliest ride. especially at low speeds. It also has a heavy steering

The Audi Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) keeps body motions in check. DRC gives the RS6 a speed advantage in the corners, but at the expense of feedback and response. The car remains so consistently flat, discovering the limits is a strangely uninvolving experience.

The RS6 is blindling fast. But little niggles such as wind noises, questionable directional stability on uneven surfaces and the lumpy ride bring it down.

M5 14mpg 0-60mph 4.8 sec 1/4 mile 13.2 sec @ 108mph
It has the best steering, which is accurate, quick enough but never nervous and very three dimensional in the way it transmits messages to your palms

The M5 corner by corner, more elastic and nimble than its rivals.

Five years old, the M5 still manages to beat the new kids on the block. The BMW simply drives better than the rest. ...it strengths are a beautifully progessive and creamy engine, a neatly spaced six speed gearboxm great steering ample brakes, and the best chassis in the super sedan league.

The M5 doesn't ride as well as the Jag, lack the explosive power of the Merc, and can't match the traction and ultimate grip of the Audi. But as a whole, the BMW is a masterpiece.

E55 11 mpg 0-60mph 5.0 sec 1/4mile 13.1 sec @ 112mph

With the stability and traction off, the E55 can't wait to demonstrate its own pirouette, which is more difficul to control because of slower steering and considerably greater mass. In addition, the Airmatic suspension affords too much body roll, to the detriment of at the limit handling.

The Benz does not decelerate as well as expected. It electrohydraulic brakes feel strangely passive, heavy and lifeless that feeling was backed up by the longest 70 to 0 mph stopping distance. The steering deserves criticism for its rubbery response and uneven weighting.
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is that the new E55 they're testing? or still the one with the old engine?
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INTERESTING...

It is the new E55, the 2003.

It is interesting that the most recent tests of these forced induction cars from Audi and MB have times that vary so much. I certainly would not be inclined toward a $100k plus vehicle that can't break into the 12s. The SL55 times vary a lot too. The Audi RS6 shows its fastest time yet in this test. I would think that pressurized vehicles would show more consistent times, but it seems the results are all over the place for the SL55, E55, and RS6. Very interesting.

I think the stage II Dinan M5 is faster than the new crop from Audi and MB.
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O-100 : 4.8 for M5, 5.0 for E55 ??? Is this true ?
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I just like how well the BMW has done..5 years old...

Boy didnt the jag do badly...hehehe

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is that the new E55 they're testing? or still the one with the old engine?
The new one....
Supercharged/intercooled 5.4L V8
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The last paragraph of the article sums it up nicely:

"Five years old, the M5 still manages to beat the new kids on the block. True, the cockpit looks a bit dated, and the driving position isn't as relaxing as it should be, but the BMW simply drives better than the rest. Light and lean, its strengths are a beautifully progressive and creamy engine, a neatly spaced six speed gearbox, great steering, ample brakes, and the best chassis in the super-sedan league. The M5 doesn't ride as well as the S-type R, lacks the explosive high-speed acceleration of the E55 AMG, and can't match the RS6's traction and ultimate grip. But as a whole, the BMW is a masterpiece. Such cars as these are about more than the numbers; they're also about sensations, emotions, and confidence. The M5 scores in all three departments. It is both smooth and edgy, subtle and lurid, light-footed and rock-solid. In short, it wins, uncontested."
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O-100 : 4.8 for M5, 5.0 for E55 ??? Is this true ?
100 km/h is equivalent to 62 mph. The official figure is 5.3 sec for the M5 but it is conservative. Skilled test drivers almost always beat the 5.0 sec mark.
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M5 still the king of the hill. A 5 year old model managed to beat all the new ones.

Hm ... come to think about it, the M3 can probably take the Jag, MB, and Audi at the ring, pretty easily. Hey, M3 may not have the high-speed pull that these monsters do, but I'd like to see them take the corners at speeds that the M3 can take.

NOTE! I didn't say that the M3 can beat the M5 at the ring. Just in case some of you flame happy people woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

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