BMW M5 Generations DRAG RACE

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Here we go fans, this is the one you've been awaiting … M5 GENERATIONS DRAG RACE!!

We have actually got every generation of , from the original E28 through to the F90, and we will learn just how much the has actually come along considering that it initially rolled off the production line.

So let's see how they all compare. Starting with the E28, it's powered by a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated straight-six that can provide 286hp and 340Nm of torque. This power is sent out to the rear wheels through a 5-speed handbook. Taking on it we have the E34, which houses a 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated straight-six that can put down 340hp and 400Nm of torque. And much like the E28, power is sent out to the rear wheels via a 5-speed handbook gearbox.

Next up we have the E39, which is housing a 5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 under the bonnet! As a result, it's method up on power compared to the E34, putting down 400hp and 500Nm. Nevertheless, it still only comes with a 6-speed handbook transmission, and of course, power is sent out to the rear wheels just.

Together with this though we have the marvelous E60, which comes equipped with an extraordinary 5-litre naturally-aspirated V10! This beast can put down 507hp and 520Nm of torque, with all that power being sent out to the rear wheels through a 7-speed robotised manual transmission.

For the final 2 cars, we're changing up to dual-clutch automated transmissions. Beginning with the F10, it's powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that sends out all its power to the rear wheels. However, the latest generation, the F90, is not just up on power (with 625hp and 750Nm), but it likewise comes geared up with 4×4!

So will the F90 tidy up versus the opposition? Or could we have an upset on our hands? There's only one method to find out … LET'S RACE!

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67 responses to “BMW M5 Generations DRAG RACE”

  1. Rxaax Avatar

    With these type of drag races I am definitely watching carwow

    1. PJ B Avatar
      PJ B


    2. David Lee Avatar
      David Lee

      it’s pronounced carwow.

    3. Nikita BVB Avatar
      Nikita BVB


    4. Rex Chan🍠 Avatar
      Rex Chan🍠


    5. Tesla model s Avatar
      Tesla model s

      Carwow is seen for matt watson

  2. SB123 Avatar

    E39 is still my favourite, but BMW have always done a great job on their M5s

    1. Cash Bonanza Avatar
      Cash Bonanza

      its design is timeless

    2. Finger Avatar

      with the styling you mean lol cause the rest…

    3. Bane- Avatar

      @Finger tell us

    4. Ems G Avatar
      Ems G

      @Fingerit’s actually very exciting to drive.

  3. Banzi Bottoman Avatar
    Banzi Bottoman

    As an M5 enthusiast, it has never been this hard watching an M5 lose (only against itself of course)😉

    1. Axel Arkheden Avatar
      Axel Arkheden

      At first I read: “As an M5 enthusiast, I’ve never been this hard”. 🤣

    2. Feuer_Phoenix Avatar

      @Axel Arkheden😂

    3. YourStateOfMood Avatar

      M5 enthusiast, car cant even drag race without getting destroyed by itself

    4. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      ​@Axel Arkhedenthe 2005 BMW M5 still way more OP.

    5. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      ​@Feuer_Phoenixas a diehard Nijigasaki fan, this old spec BMW M5 still goes hard.

  4. Gourab Das Avatar
    Gourab Das

    Massive respect to the people who maintained and preserved the old cars 🙏🏼

    1. Hyper Avatar

      Specially the V10, fast and sounds fantastic but man those are harder to maintain than a Ferrari

    2. david fujkk Avatar
      david fujkk

      I dont know why carwow left their original runway which was wider and longer,please carwow dont down grade your self😢😢😢😢

    3. jd fd Avatar
      jd fd

      @david fujkkcouldn’t keep up with the payments😂

    4. HONDA HR Avatar
      HONDA HR

      Matt picks the car to win every time😂

    5. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      ​@Hyperthe BMW M5 F10 sounded like RUF BTR for some reason.

  5. Dino Riccobono Avatar
    Dino Riccobono

    🇩🇪 Daniel is always a fun addition to the drag races. Always brings a smile to my face when him and Mat are bantering 😂

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Daniel always all smiles. Imagine if Daniil Kvyat drove the BMW M5 E90.

    2. Linsanity Avatar

      The way he popped up was hilarious

    3. Canadian Avatar

      he doesnt know how to drag race. either he is too early or too late on start find someone actually can drive

  6. Rck P Avatar
    Rck P

    The E60 might take longer to get there, but the journey will sound EPIC!

  7. Zyzz Avatar

    One of the most perfect drag races ever. Perfectly shows how each generation got better, nice job 🤌

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Imagine if we got BMW M5 F90 takes on the Dune Buggy from FORZA HORIZON 5.

    2. Noyah🗿🍷 Avatar

      The F10 was faulty tho 😬 didn’t get to see its true potential

  8. Omar Avatar

    You cannot help but claim that the pinnacle of all M5’s is the E39. That glorious 5.0L V8 is too freaking good. Still looks timeless, sounds gorgeous, and with a manual gearbox it completes the picture.

    1. paul harper Avatar
      paul harper

      Having owned one I would agree. It was utterly sensational, and mine had a rear muffler delete so the sound it made was insane.

    2. BeachJedi101 Avatar


  9. Mat Watson Cars Avatar
    Mat Watson Cars

    Hi Mat here. What’s your fave M5? Mine is the E34❤❤❤

    1. Oliver Avatar


    2. Isti Zwick Avatar
      Isti Zwick


    3. Martin Jones Avatar
      Martin Jones

      E60! Gotta love that NA V10!


    4. ThreeCubed Avatar

      Hi Mat, I like them all 😂

    5. Ryan Andrews Avatar
      Ryan Andrews

      E39, beautiful car.

  10. nmeister67 Avatar

    It’s amazing how far the M5 has come, even in recent years. Just staggering how much faster the F90 was compared the the E60.

    1. HAMIE63M Avatar

      Yea when the E60 V10 dropped was when all hell broke loose in the horsepower wars and led to everyone using twin turbro V8s in this class

    2. The Man Avatar
      The Man

      @HAMIE63MTurbo V10 in the case of the C6 RS6 😉

    3. DarkRoyse Avatar

      ​@The ManYes, but then the m5 f10 and m5 f90 came out and to this day they have not left a chance for both pc7 and pc6

    4. Vinayak Sethu Avatar
      Vinayak Sethu

      ​@HAMIE63Me55 broke it then stuff got crazy v10 then twin turbo v10

    5. Timothey Demchenko Avatar
      Timothey Demchenko

      F90 is an absolute monster

  11. nmeister67 Avatar

    That fly-by sound of the E60 at 16:16 🫨🫠🫡

    5.0L V10 N/A, to me the absolute pinnacle of M5 sound right there 😁

  12. Simon Thomas Avatar
    Simon Thomas

    Matt, I’ve been watching you for years and have never been disappointed. This collection of Beemers is just the best! I don’t know how you got them together but I’m glad you did. Well done sir and we’ll done to the team!

  13. The Clueless Enthusiast Avatar
    The Clueless Enthusiast

    Love these types of drag races. E28 up to e60 are all amazing cars. The newer 2 may be quicker but they just don’t seem to have as much character as the older ones

  14. superfast30 Avatar

    The V10 powered E60 is arguably the most special M5 ever made. High strung/high revving motorsport derived, ITB equipped N/A engines are truly an art form!

    1. Mohammed Sahjan Avatar
      Mohammed Sahjan

      Isn’t that a 7 series

    2. trololo Avatar

      Doesn’t 7 has V12

    3. Tony Kim Avatar
      Tony Kim

      @trololo Yeah the M760i had a 6.6L V12.

    4. Tony Kim Avatar
      Tony Kim

      Most people may not have loved the design, but the engine certainly was nothing to complain about~ So much power even to this day, and the raw sound of a N/A V10 is just spectacular. Too bad after the R8 and the Huracan being discontinued, there aren’t any N/A V10s anymore. Actually, another complaint, the SMG transmission is not the best, but hey, you can’t win em all. I don’t think it was a bad transmission, you just have to get used to it, and some people like it because of the ferocity of the shifts.

  15. Locking Diff Avatar
    Locking Diff

    As an E60 M5 owner, thank you for finding a well sorted one that didn’t embarrass the entire generation.

    1. Master Crypto Avatar
      Master Crypto

      Same here

    2. Ciezarowy Avatar

      I envy you guys! It sounds like F1 car. Love it

    3. ROLLINGVENOM23 Avatar

      Miss owning one I agree ☝️

    4. Pop Laurentiu Avatar
      Pop Laurentiu

      M5 with the V10 are absolutely awesome ..

    5. Moua Xiong Avatar
      Moua Xiong

      Loving my e60.. engine getting rebuilt soon because I’m not risking it with those bearings.

  16. sidyal Avatar

    The V10 in the e60 is one of the best sounding engines ever and the car design still looks good today. Love the e34 design and in Daytona Violet is the icing on the cake.

  17. 47 CGI Avatar
    47 CGI

    I enjoyed this format. Nice work to everyone, keep them coming
    P.S. Massive thanks to the F10 owner. Your sacrifice shall not go unnoticed

  18. Your S3XS Partner Avatar
    Your S3XS Partner

    Actually pretty surprised about the massive increase in performance for every generation of M5.


    Great fun as always. What non German speakers don’t realize is they’re having fun with Daniel & Mat in the translations…he is often saying something totally different from what you read in the “translations” 😉

    1. Paul Play Avatar
      Paul Play

      Yeah, starting with 17:20 xD

    2. Sebas Méndez Cine Avatar
      Sebas Méndez Cine

      What he said?

  20. Your S3XS Partner Avatar
    Your S3XS Partner

    That E60 sounds the most badass of them all for me personally – when it picks up speed on the swing camera shot and by the time it reaches the 1/4 mile mark.

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