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Drag race: BMW M440i vs BMW M5 Touring

BMW’s M Performance models are pretty impressive these days — delivering the pace near to the full-blown M models at a more accessible price.

For some though, ‘near to’ may just not be enough for you, and going for a second-hand full-fat M car might appeal more. Is it really worth it, though?

That’s what today’s video will find out.

Representing the new M Performance line is the BMW M440i. Powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine, it makes 374hp and 500Nm, which is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

Squaring up to that is the M division’s finest from 2007 — the E61 M5 Touring. Sitting under the bonnet is a 5.0-litre, naturally-aspirated V10 that’s good for 507hp and 520Nm of torque.

So while it has a power advantage over the M440i, it does deliver all that power to the rear axle through a slower 7-speed SMG automatic gearbox — which is more like a weird automated manual ‘box than a conventional automatic.

It weighs a bit more too, not all that surprising considering the extra size, at 1,955kg. The M440i comes in short of that at 1,815kg.

So then, does the old firm have what it takes against a lesser badged, but much newer take on the M car? You’ll have to watch to find out…

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