It's not like we needed it, but the latest episode of Motor Trend's "Head 2 Head" is more proof that those who spend six-figures buy whatever they want (or more likely, they buy three or four of them), not necessarily what wins the spec war or a drag race.

Jonny Lieberman took two German thunder chariots, the BMW M5 and Porsche Panamera GTS, to the desert for a quarter-mile blast and then up to altitude for duty in the high mountain esses.

In black and white, the M5 has it all over the GTS. Although the properly trunked sedan weighs 39 pounds more, its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 harnesses 130 more horsepower and 196 more pound-feet than the naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V8 in the GTS. The BMW starts at nearly $20,000 less than the Porsche, a savings which skyrockets to $42,000 when as-tested prices for these particular cars are compared. For those wondering, an even greater price disparity is the reason MT didn't use the Panamera Turbo, which might have seemed a fairer car to use for comparison from a performance standpoint.

But we don't live black-and-white lives, do we? There are reasons for Porsche reverence, one of them that it has always done more with what might, at first, seem like less. You should allow Lieberman the chance to explain further by checking out the video below.


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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you guys even proof-read or double-check your articles before you submit/upload them?
        RJLouro
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Aparently no =) Check the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhykdFxSWR0 , and the GTS is better than the M5.
      jcoop
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wrong video?
        Garrett
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jcoop
        You didn't come here to learn how to drive stick?
      Vincent Zhen Huang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wrong video....
      sfblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cant stand this guy...Please look at how he controls the steering in the LFA/NSX Comparo at 7:20 and on. Who drives like that...wobbling the wheel left an right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLJ2lw0bCkk
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sfblog
        WTF are you talking about?!? Have you ever driven a car like this quickly through turns? Ever seen a race-car driver going around a turn? It's to keep the car stable.. and if you pay attention to what he was saying, it's not an easy car to drive quickly, so it requires constant correction through the bends.
          sfblog
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TrueDat
          CLEARLY he is no where near the limits where he needs to correct him self. He's going 50mph on his way to Mailbu, Not on a race track
        The Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sfblog
        It's hard to tell from the video you mentioned, but if you're approaching the limit of traction then countersteer will be necessary. And if what he's saying is true about the LFA, then the car just isn't very predictable at the limit. Since I'm sure he doesn't want to crash it into the mountain, he's just being careful to keep it in line. As a race car driver will tell you, it's the driver's job to maintain smooth contact between the tires and the road while pushing the car to its limits of traction. Of course, if the car isn't well set up, the driver could be doing any number of things behind the wheel to make that happen.
      TopGun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Numbers are just a "small part" of the story? What does fun to drive have to do with anything? I'm confused...I thought it was features that make it easy to drive that are "the thing"? At least, wasn't that what was said during the Best Drivers Car?
      CJ_S4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lord was that other video awkward. Wow...thanks for changing that... "Audi doesn't have anything in it's [M5] league" Oh except for the S6 - 12.1@115mph out of a twin turbo V8 (same as the M5). It's only 420 HP, but with those numbers its very underrated.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate these lopsided compo's. Get real, didn't anyone expect the GTS to win vs a M5? How about you race it vs the Turbo, like you should. BMW's "top" 5 Series should go against the "top" Panamera.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        i'm pretty sure it has more to do with the price.. IMO, that's the best way to compare to cars like this (people haulers). and the GTS was most likely the best available once you option out the M5.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I went to Youtube to watch the real video. Well done. From the description, I'd take the Panamera over the M5. I was impressed that the Tesla Model S Performance could compete with these cars favorably. I'd buy it at $90K over both these cars which are over $100K.
        jcoop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        I'm still a bit wary of battery vehicles simply because of a battery's loss of capacity after so many charges. I would hate to spend $90k on a vehicle only for it to need a battery overhaul ten or fifteen years down the line. But, then, who knows how much that overhaul would cost.
      inthelv
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW = Ed Hardy Panamera = Prada Douche vs Louche
      bcsngan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am not sure why people are saying this wasn't a proper comparison. "Oh it should be top Panamera vs M5" But it's not at all the same. One is $160 grand and one is $107 grand. (Canadian here) I believe when people are comparing cars to buy, they are looking first at PRICE. People who are looking at $200,000 cars aren't going to cross shop at $20,000 cars even if they have similar 0-60 times. The GTS and the M5 is pretty similarly priced. Also, people who say the M5 won this comparison simply didn't pay attention. The reviewer said he liked the refinement of the Porsche more than the hammer capabilities of the M5.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love Porsche more anyway)
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David
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      A dude and his car
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the one I believe we want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhykdFxSWR0
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