BMW hasn't released an official Nürburgring lap time for the M5 yet, but now we know how quickly it can lap the famous 13-mile circuit. In the hands of Sport Auto's Christian Gebhardt, the new M5 ran a 7:38.92, making it one of the quickest four-doors to lap the Nordschleife.
That means the M5 nearly matches the Porsche Panamera Turbo's 7:38 lap, which was set by a factory driver. It also represents a 16-second improvement over the previous-generation M5.
For an even more fun, if not very useful comparison, we turn to from 2008. The German magazine managed a 7:39 in that car, which shows just how much progress we've made in the performance-car world over the last 10 years. Don't forget, the 430 Scuderia was a track-focused monster that represented the best of Ferrari engineering in its day. The M5 is a luxury sedan.
But what we really want to see is how the M5 stacks up against the new Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Sport Auto set a Nürburgring time in an E63 S last year, but it was the heavier wagon, so it's not a fair comparison with the M5.
And of course, BMW already has a faster version of the new M5, the Competition. Perhaps that'll beat the Panamera Turbo.