Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 BMW M5 VS 2013 Dodge Charger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 BMW M5

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2013 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

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A passive infrared night vision system optional on the M5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The M5’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The M5 offers an optional side and top-view cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Charger SRT8 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The M5 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the M5 and the Charger SRT8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The M5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Charger SRT8’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The M5 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. BMW will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Charger SRT8.

The M5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Charger SRT8’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M5 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Charger SRT8.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the M5 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Charger SRT8.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in reliability. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

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The M5’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 90 more horsepower (560 vs. 470) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (500 vs. 470) than the Charger SRT8’s 6.4 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW M5 is faster than the Dodge Charger SRT8:

M5

Charger SRT8

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.1 sec

11 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.5 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2 sec

2.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.4 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.9 sec

13.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

123 MPH

110 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the M5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The M5 has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Charger SRT8 (21.1 vs. 19.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the M5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger SRT8:

M5

Charger SRT8

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

13.8 inches

The M5 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The M5 stops shorter than the Charger SRT8:

M5

Charger SRT8

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

112 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the M5 has larger tires than the Charger SRT8 (F:265/40R19 & R:295/35R19 vs. 245/45R20).

The M5’s standard 265/40R19 front and 295/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SRT8’s standard 45 series tires. The M5’s optional 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Charger SRT8’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The M5 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The M5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.3% to 47.7%) than the Charger SRT8’s (54% to 46%). This gives the M5 more stable handling and braking.

The M5 handles at .91 G’s, while the Charger SRT8 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The M5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Charger SRT8 (24.9 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 25.8 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The M5 is 6.8 inches shorter than the Charger SRT8, making the M5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The M5 has 1.9 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Charger SRT8.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the M5 easier. The M5’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Charger SRT8’s liftover is 30.1 inches.

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