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BMW Performance Driving School Sets Guinness World Drift Record in New M5 15
May
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 BMW M5, Auto Addiction, Automotive, BMW, BMW M5, News on 05 15th, 2013
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Kudos to BMW, the BMW Performance Driving School and the all-new BMW M5!

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The legendary BMW M5 Sedan shattered the Guinness World Record for longest sustained drift at the BMW Performance Center near Greenville, South Carolina with BMW Performance Center Instructor Johan Schwartz behind the wheel.

The record-breaking attempt generated over $20,000 in charitable donations benefiting The BMW Charity Pro-Am. The M5 exceeded the previous record set in February in Abu Dhabi by 47.71 miles.

A total of 322.5 laps were completed around the 841-foot (circumference) Performance Center skid pad, providing a total distance-traveled of 51.278 miles. The M-DCT transmission-equipped 2013 BMW M5 Sedan was an unmodified car from the BMW Performance Center school fleet which began the record attempt with a fresh set of Continental ContiSport ultra-high performance tires (sizes 255/30/20 front, 295/30/20 rear).

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MORR Wheels Project Judgement Day Spices Up 2013 BMW M5 w/ 21″ Wheels 14
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 BMW M5, Automotive, BMW, BMW M5, MORR Wheels, Tuners, Wheels on 01 14th, 2013

MORR Competition Wheels is making their mark known by featuring their Project Judgement Day 2013 BMW M5 sporting a set of their new 21-inch MORR Multiforged MS5.2 Wheels.

What you see here isn’t your ordinary 2013 BMW M5, it has several tasteful modifications making it truly unique and visually pleasing to not only enthusiasts, but whoever can appreciate a really good looking vehicle.

Although the new 2013 BMW M5′s aftermarket game is just starting to see the light of day, it has launched into hyper speed with new projects like Judgement Day.

Quick 2013 BMW M5 Modifications list

• 2013 BMW F10 M5 Individual
• 21″ MORR Multiforged MS5.2
• KW Variant III Coilovers
• Akrapovic Evolution Titanium Exhaust (Carbon Tips)
• Black Side Fender Grilles
• Black Front Kidney Grilles
• Color matched Reflectors
• BMW Individual Azurite Black
• BMW Individual Platinum Interior

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For additional information on MORR Competition Wheels or this particular vehicle, please contact sales@MORRWheels.com.



BMW Halts Deliveries Of M5 And M6 Models Over Oil Pump Failures 24
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 BMW M5, 2013 BMW M6, Automotive, BMW, Kurt, News, Recalls on 09 24th, 2012

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If you own a model year 2013 BMW M5, M6 or M6 Convertible, BMW says you should stop driving the car immediately. Further deliveries of the cars have also been halted, until BMW can get a handle on what appears to be a very serious oil pump failure issue.

Bimmerpost (via Motor Authority) has published a delivery stop notice issued to BMW dealers. In the words of the manufacturer, “Vehicles equipped with an affected pump could experience a sudden loss of oil pressure which will result in severe engine damage.”

While BMW is working to compile a specific list of affected VINs, our advice would be to park the car until you’re certain it’s safe to drive. Never assume that a dashboard warning light will give you sufficient advance notice of a loss in oil pressure, and when it comes to the potential for catastrophic engine damage, we tend to err on the side of caution.

BMW dealers have been instructed not to order replacement parts at this time (as of Friday, September 21), so don’t expect a quick resolution to this particular problem. If you’ve got a new M5 or M6 parked in the garage, our advice is to get in touch with your dealership as soon as possible.



Motor Trend Runs New BMW M5 Against Porsche Panamera GTS: Video 14
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 BMW M5, Automotive, BMW, BMW M5, Motor Trend, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Panamera GTS, video on 09 14th, 2012

Fresh off of the heels of Motor Trend getting slight criticism for their selection of cars to pit against each other in recent tests, they take two more vehicles not-so-equally matched on paper, the new 2013 BMW M5 and Porsche Panamera GTS, and run them against each other.

Numbers wise, the new 2013 BMW M5 is ‘supposed to be‘ pumping out 560 horsepower to turn the rear wheels while the Porsche Panamera GTS is rated at only 430 horsepower to send to all four wheels. The new M5 weighs about 39 pounds more than the Panamera GTS but with about 130 horsepower and 196 pound-feet of torque more than Porsche, the M5 is expected to be the victor from the get-go. Hit up the ‘head 2 head’ match video below of these mighty German V8 sedans to see which one takes the checkered flag.



2013 BMW M5 Power Output Specs May Be Grossly Underrated w/Video 7
Sep
Posted by Darryl in 2013 BMW M5, Automotive, BMW, BMW M5, video on 09 7th, 2012

Now that the new BMW M5 has made its way into the garages of eager enthusiasts here in America, new owners have had time to take them to local shops and strap it onto a dyno to see what horsepower numbers it really lays down.

M5post.com recently posted a dyno graph of the new BMW M5 laying down 527 rear-wheel horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque courtesy of IND Distribution. Considering how BMW was found to have underrated horsepower numbers lately on vehicles such as the new 328i, it is no surprise to see that the new M5 is laying down more power than expected.

These numbers would account for only a small loss of power through the drivetrain, about 6%, which is mostly unheard of. Usually, drivetrain power losses account for something close to 15%. Unless this is one heck of an efficient drivetrain, we speculate that the new M5 has a bit more than the documented 560 horsepower at the flywheel. All things considered, this is not a bad thing at all when the new M5’s rear wheels have the job of propelling just over 4,300 pounds.

Hit up the jump for the dyno sheet and dyno run video.



2013 BMW M5 Configurator Site: Kiss Productivity Goodbye 22
May
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 BMW M5, Automotive, BMW, Configurator, Kurt on 05 22nd, 2012

If you asked enthusiasts to name the world’s best sport sedan, chances are good the BMW M5 would be at or near the top of most lists. Since its launch in 1985, the BMW M5 has blended understated good looks, impressive power, surprising handling and supreme comfort into a single package, and the latest example is no exception to that rule.

The latest variant gets its power from a TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V-8, good for some 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque. It’s over 30-percent more fuel efficient than the previous model, which got its power from a normally aspirated V-10, and its said to be even more comfortable as a daily driver.

If you’re serious about buying one, or if you just want to spend your imaginary lottery winnings, BMW has launched a configurator site for the new M5. Pricing will start at just under $91,000 for a car with no options, but you’re not likely to find a stripper M5 on a dealer’s lot. Get crazy with the “BMW Individual” options, and the price can quickly climb past the $110,000 mark. A “reasonably well equipped” version would sticker in the mid-$90k range, which puts the M5 beyond the reach of most of us.

Until we hit the Powerball, that is. In which case we’ll print out our pre-configured, Monte Carlo Blue Metallic M5 specs and head on down to our local BMW dealer.

Want to spec out an M5 of your own? You’ll find the configurator site here.







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