2006 BMW M5 (5 liter V10 7 speed with 500 horsepower & 383 torque)
versus 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 ( 5.4 liter V8 6 speed with 500 horsepower
& 480 torque). I am not a mechanic and don't know exactly what torque
is but I heard that if a car has more torque, it has more power. If I
am right, does that mean Ford Shelby can out run M5 from zero to sixty
and high speed?. Also M5 costs almost twice as much than Shelby GT500
so seems Shelby is a better value. Am I right? Is there other side to
this that I am ignorant about? Enlighten me please if I am.
Assuming you're not a troll;
According to Car & Driver, the Shelby does 0-60 in 4.5s, the 1/4 mile in
The M5 does 0-60 in 4.2s, 1/4 mile in 12.5s. The M5 stops faster, in 158
from 70 mph vs. 172 feet for the Ford. The M5 also has a higher top speed,
governors were removed.
The M5 also takes 4 adults in comfort, while the Ford really only takes two
adults and 2 children.
The Ford won't even beat a Corvette - even a Coupe with LS2 will beat
it. The Z06 will destroy it.
I think the biggest difference you will notice is when you start going round
corners NOT in a straight line.
Well indeed, the M5 is just an ordinary saloon with sports car performance
and handling. With the possible exception of the Maserati Quattreporte no
one else really makes a car like it.
A few years ago now, but we once hire a Pontiac? Grand Am. A 3litre
injected V6 in a two door coupe it should have been great. In practice with
a rubbish three speed auto and utterly appalling handling* it has to be one
of the worst drives I have ever had.
* no feel at all, you had to open the window and listen for tyre squeal to
know how you were doing around bends...
According to road tests by Road & Track and Car & Driver, the M5 is a bit
faster in the 0-60 and quarter mile runs due, in part, to the 7 speed SMG
transmission that shifts in something like 50 milliseconds in the S6 mode.
But that's only part of the comparison. The M5 is much more of a total
driver's car and I get a kick out of the straight line, quarter mile tests
or drag race results.
Put them on a winding track or road and the M5 walks away due to superior
The Shelby is a fun, fast car but the BMW is much more refined overall. If
you are into drag racing, (which I am not) my guess is that the Shelby would
initially pull ahead slightly but the M5 would quickly close the gap and
then pull away once the engine RPM got up into the power band. (The M5
develops full horsepower at 7,400 RPM and redlines at 8,250 RPM). The M5
acceleration above 100 mph is simply incredible. According to BMW it is
electronically governed to 155 mph, however most owners that try it are
reporting that the limiter cuts in at 168-172 mph. With the limiter
disabled, it tops out at just over 200 mph.
I have no idea what a Shelby GT500 costs, so I don't know if the M5 is near
twice the cost or not.
Think of it this way. The M5 is a bit faster overall than a Ferrari f430
which sells for more than twice the price of a fully equipped M5. (the F430
is well over $200k)
I am sure the Shelby is a spirited, fun car to drive ... for a while. But
take it on a day long road trip and I'll bet you will feel the affects of
long distance driving. Do the same trip in a M5 (or regular 5 or 7 series
for that matter) and you will arrive at your destination refreshed and ready
Think of it this way. The M5 is a bit faster overall than a Ferrari f430
which sells for more than twice the price of a fully equipped M5.
'06 Silver Grey BMW M5
Just read a review on the '07 Shelby GT500 at Edmunds.com. Looks like a
potent car. It's turbocharged as compared to the naturally aspirated M5.
Edmunds mentions it as being a challenge to the M3 and doesn't mention the
M5. I'll betcha the M3 can still out-handle it, overall.
Looks like you are correct in the pricing. The Shelby 500 is just over 40K
whereas the M5 starts at about 82k.
I know I'll get some flack here, but for the M5 .... I've become very fond
and a believer of the SMG transmission. It takes some time to get used to
it, but once you do it's really nice and is capable of shifting much faster
than any human can.
The Mustang? I don't know. Probably the manual, if available. Reason? I
have a '67 GTO with a manual 4-speed and I like it over an auto.
A six speed manual is reported to be available in the M5 for the 2007 model
year. There are rumors however that it's introduction has been delayed due
to problems with the clutch. Don't know if that is true or not.
It is interesting that those of us that have '06 M5s initially had some
reservations about the SMG when we first took delivery of our cars. Many
people on the M5board.com forum share the experience. The SMG takes a while
to adjust to and there is no way you can get used to it in a single test
drive or even in a week of driving it. However ... once you learn how to
use it properly it becomes second nature and, in the opinion of most with
some experience with it, is superior to a regular manual shift transmission.
Most of us now would not want to change. The SMG gets a bad rap sometimes
in some car reviews and I get a kick out of them because I can tell the
author is new at using it.
There's a reason they are used in Formula One racing.
Since you have an 06 M5, this is probably not a concern for you, but one
thing I'm wary about is the durability of SMG. Will SMG trannies be as
durable as BMW automatics or its manual transmission? For those who purchase
E60 M5 when it has over 100K miles, they maybe in for an expensive surprise.
However, if SMG trannies are "as durable" as manual transmission, then it
might be OK.
Further, a recent study has shown that only something like 15% of all
Americans know how to shift a manual transmission. That's really sad....
The durability of the SMG remains to be established, for sure. The E60 M5
has been out in Europe since the 2005 model year and in the US for the 2006
model year (still less than 12 months) so it's way to early to tell. So far
though there have been more problems with minor issues such as bad steering
angle sensors and a batch of bad Vanos oil lines. Both have been addressed
by BMW. I know of two cases where the transmissions had to be replaced, one
in Great Britain and one in the US, but these are on cars with relatively
low mileage and could be manufacturing defects. The one in Great Britain
however is owned by a "launch control junkie", so that may have been a
The E60 M5 is a high performance car and most (but not all) owners are like
me .... the car is not a daily driver and does not accumulate mileage
quickly. Since last December, when I first took delivery, I've only put
3000 miles on mine. That, plus the fact that both the SMG and the V10 engine
have their design origins in BMW Formula One race cars, significantly
detuned to extend their life and durability works in favor of the second
I've noticed that some owners have decided to trade their M5s in within a
few months of ownership and frankly, it crossed my mind also. The car has
so much performance capability that you really can't utilize unless you take
it to a closed track that you start wondering if it makes sense to have it.
When I get this feeling I take it out for a spin and quickly convince myself
to keep it.
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