What's Wrong With This Picture: How The Mighty Have Fallen Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

In the same week BMW revealed a one-off, 580 hp, 100+ lbs lighter “M5 CSL we never built” (in the words of the M division’s head of development, Albert Biermann), BMW USA’s VP had this to say about his firm’s absence from Cadillac’s CTS-V Challenge:

We have no fear of comparisons by objective bodies, but it’s different if the person doing the comparison has a dog in the hunt

Not that the point lacks validity, but would BMW’s tune be different if the M5 CSL were a production model? We’d like to think so.

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  • Cwmoo740 Cwmoo740 on Oct 29, 2009

    556 hp is just an incredible amount. Besides, the M5 is how old? We'll have to wait until the next-gen twin-turbo V8 M5 to take down this CTS-V. The story would be different if that car was already released.

  • Bimmer Bimmer on Oct 29, 2009

    How the heck ///M5 could be a CSL, it's a Sedan! CSL = Coupe Sports Lightweight.

  • PeteMoran PeteMoran on Oct 30, 2009

    They could only find ~100 lbs??

  • Energetik9 Energetik9 on Oct 30, 2009

    I'm biased because not even for a nano second would I pick a CTS-V over an M5. That being said, who cares. This isn't that much different than the recent Lincoln MKS test at 14000 feet (sponsored by Ford) where, surprise, surprise, the Ford beat almost every competitor.