Published on December 9th, 2015 | by BajaBusta0
2002 BMW M5 vs Mercedes Benz E55 Comparison Test Drive
This pair have met many times and it’s always a helluva fight.
You know the formula: the E55 AMG stems from the standard E-Class sedan, with the basis of its fortification being a superb 5.4L/349hp SOHC V8. It was backed by a five speed automatic transmission, well managed by Mercedes’ TouchShift electronic control system. The 5-Series became an M5 courtesy of an also handbuilt 5.0L all-alloy DOHC V-8 that delivered an even more impressive 394hp V8.
Both receive their own brand’s elixir of elements to complete and balance their respective performance packages: 18-in speed rated rolling stock on light and beautiful alloy wheels, upgraded suspension and brakes, subtle body mods, upgraded interiors with supportive seating, upgraded sound and nav systems, and the obligatory badging. The E55 was unchanged form 2001; the M5 differs only in that it received standard automatic headlight controls, a BMW Universal Transceiver, and a new color choice.