2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 vs 2021 BMW M5 Comparison in Columbus, OH

When you're looking to slip behind the wheel of a machine built for pure performance, there are a handful of vehicles that fit that bill, including the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and the 2021 BMW M5. We understand choosing between these two may be difficult so we've put together a head-to-head comparison below to help you make your decision. In the following paragraphs we'll show you why we think the 911 Carrera 4 offers better performance and a peerless driving experience, making it the "perfect sports car" as Car and Driver said. After reading, we invite you to stop by the showroom at Porsche Columbus to see the 2021 Carrera 4 in person.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 profile

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 vs 2021 BMW M5: Design & Comfort

From first glance, it's obvious that the 2021 911 Carrera 4 is dripping with iconic Porsche DNA. The wide 911 body, rear engine placement, and side air intakes with active cooling flaps let everyone know which high-performance sports car just passed them. BMW may have refreshed the M5 for 2021, but even a larger grille and restyled bumpers can't compete with the excitement the 911 Carrera 4 brings to the road. The M5 may come with a sporty rear spoiler but only the Carrera 4 has an auto-deploying rear spoiler, plus recessed door handles for a sleeker profile. You can make your Carrera 4 uniquely yours with a choice of 17 bold body colors including Lava Orange and Shark Blue or choose a custom color from the factory, which is something you can't do on the M5.

Open the door of the 2021 Carrera 4 and you enter a world of ultimate luxury and comfort. Smooth-finish leather accents surround the cabin and the standard sports seats have embossed leather bolsters and heating functions. While the new BMW M5 offers standard leather upholstery, you can choose the optional leather upholstery in a multitude of colors and combinations when you go with the latest Porsche 911 Carrera 4. Plus only the 911 Carrera 4 offers optional ventilated front seats and a standard heated rear windshield.


Porsche 911 Carrera 4 technology specs

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 vs 2021 BMW M5: Technology

Keeping you connected is important in today's world and both the 2021 Carrera 4 and the M5 come with the latest technology to do just that. Both sports cars offer standard navigation, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability but if you're looking for Apple Music® or Apple Podcasts® integration, you'll only find those features in the Carrera 4. Voice Pilot is also standard fare in the Carrera 4, activated by the phrase "Hey, Porsche." This means you can control your infotainment system without taking your hands off of the wheel.

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Porsche 911 Carrera 4 performance specs

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 vs 2021 BMW M5: Performance

Both the 2021 Carrera 4 and the M5 are built for performance and it's obvious when you get behind the wheel. Both machines will get you from 0-60 in under four seconds and both offer an 8-speed automatic transmission as well as all-wheel drive for better balance and traction on wet, icy, or unpaved roads. The Carrera 4's rear-mounted engine, a 3.0L twin turbocharged boxer 6, generates a blistering 379 horsepower and 331 lb/ft of torque. Add the optional sport exhaust system for that perfect, fuller engine note.


Porsche 911 Carrera 4 safety

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 vs 2021 BMW M5: Safety & driver assist technology

While both the 911 Carrera 4 and the M5 offer a wide array of safety and driver assist features, only the Carrera 4 offers Porsche Side Impact Protection. This innovation comprises side impact elements in the doors to keep everyone protected. Both vehicles offer standard Forward Collision Warning and an LED lighting system. The M5 comes with standard daytime running lights but the Carrera 4 offers daytime running lights with a four-point spotlight and 3D LED taillights. Another feature not available on the 2021 M5 is Porsche Wet Mode. The Carrera 4 uses sensors and warns the driver of danger from wet roads, providing consistent support in adverse conditions.

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Test drive the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 today at Porsche Columbus

When it comes time to choose between two powerhouse high-performance vehicles, it always helps to see and feel the difference. With incredible performance, luxurious standard features, and the latest technology, the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is a far better value for your investment than the 2021 BMW M5. We invite you to stop by Porsche Columbus today or contact us to schedule the most exciting test drive of your life.

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 42021 BMW M5
$108,500Starting MSRP$103,500
17.6 GallonsFuel Tank20.1 Gallons
Connect Plus*, Wireless Apple® CarPlay, Wired Android AutoAudio ServicesSiriusXM®
StandardWarn and Brake AssistNot Available
StandardWet ModeNot Available
StandardMultiple USB-C PortsNot Available
StandardElectric Parking BrakeAvailable
4.0 SecondsStandard 0-60 MPH Time3.2 Seconds
StandardDynamic Cruise ControlStandard
CoupeBody StyleSedan

*The Total Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) shown excludes taxes, title, registration, other optional or regionally required equipment, and dealer charges. The price and availability of Individually Commissioned Equipment (CXX) can be determined only after review and analysis by the manufacturer. Actual selling prices are set by dealers and may vary.