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Is The 2018 BMW M5 The New King Of Super Saloons? 10
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 12 10th, 2017


BMW has taken the M5 into its sixth generation, which sports, for the first time, not only a controversial four-wheel drive system but also plenty of new features.

Starting with its exterior design, it is quite restrained and at first glance you might mistake it for regular 5-Series, but look closer and you will see the wider air intakes at the front, large diffuser at the rear, carbon fiber roof, specific wheels and M badges.

Step inside and you will also see the M add-ons over lesser 5-Series, such as the sport seats and steering wheel, in addition to the exclusive aluminum trim and a variety of options that could eventually make your new M5 weigh in excess of 2 tons (4,410lbs) and cost more than €117,900 ($140,182) in Germany.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 puts out 600PS (592hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque, which is 40PS (39hp) and 70Nm (52lb-ft) more than its predecessor. However, compared to its direct rival, the range-topping Mercedes-AMG E63 S, it’s down by 12PS (12hp) and 100Nm (74lb-ft).

For the first time ever, the new BMW M5 is offered with a four-wheel drive system, though not the usual xDrive that you would find on the rest of the 5-Series’ range, but one developed by the brand’s M division. This means that it’s rear-wheel drive-biased, offers massive grip and comes with various configurations that allow drivers to put it into 2WD, which really comes to life when unleashed on the track.

Enough talk; let’s see what the new BMW M5 actually feels like in the hands of Autocar and AutoExpress, who tested the new Bavarian super saloon. Both agree that it’s reasonably comfortable as an everyday driver and more civilized than an AMG E63, but is it the game-changer we were expecting?

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Is The 2018 BMW M5 The New King Of Super Saloons? 10
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, reviews, video on 12 10th, 2017


BMW has taken the M5 into its sixth generation, which sports, for the first time, not only a controversial four-wheel drive system but also plenty of new features.

Starting with its exterior design, it is quite restrained and at first glance you might mistake it for regular 5-Series, but look closer and you will see the wider air intakes at the front, large diffuser at the rear, carbon fiber roof, specific wheels and M badges.

Step inside and you will also see the M add-ons over lesser 5-Series, such as the sport seats and steering wheel, in addition to the exclusive aluminum trim and a variety of options that could eventually make your new M5 weigh in excess of 2 tons (4,410lbs) and cost more than €117,900 ($140,182) in Germany.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 puts out 600PS (592hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque, which is 40PS (39hp) and 70Nm (52lb-ft) more than its predecessor. However, compared to its direct rival, the range-topping Mercedes-AMG E63 S, it’s down by 12PS (12hp) and 100Nm (74lb-ft).

For the first time ever, the new BMW M5 is offered with a four-wheel drive system, though not the usual xDrive that you would find on the rest of the 5-Series’ range, but one developed by the brand’s M division. This means that it’s rear-wheel drive-biased, offers massive grip and comes with various configurations that allow drivers to put it into 2WD, which really comes to life when unleashed on the track.

Enough talk; let’s see what the new BMW M5 actually feels like in the hands of Autocar and AutoExpress, who tested the new Bavarian super saloon. Both agree that it’s reasonably comfortable as an everyday driver and more civilized than an AMG E63, but is it the game-changer we were expecting?

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New BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car Feels At Home On The Track 6
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, reviews, video on 12 6th, 2017


As reviews of BMW’s new-generation M5 continue to pour in, it’s pretty interesting to see the MotoGP Safety Car version being tested as well.

This 2018 M5 was driven on the track in Valencia, where it could make the best of its power and its Sport M xDrive 4WD system.

While performance is identical to what you get in the regular M5, meaning 600 PS (591 HP) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, there are several differences between the stock model and the Safety Car.

For starters, it’s packed with all the M Performance parts you can get, such as carbon fiber side skirts, rear diffuser, exhaust tips, rear spoiler, front kidney grille and wing mirror caps. It also comes with a titanium M Performance exhaust, a custom front splitter that you can’t order for the street car, bonnet latches and M4 GTS bucket seats.

The final touches in making this M5 a safety car were the addition of LED lights on the roof and the grille, flashing headlights and, of course, a special livery. You can check out the end result in the video that follows right after the jump .

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New BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car Feels At Home On The Track 6
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, reviews, video on 12 6th, 2017


As reviews of BMW’s new-generation M5 continue to pour in, it’s pretty interesting to see the MotoGP Safety Car version being tested as well.

This 2018 M5 was driven on the track in Valencia, where it could make the best of its power and its Sport M xDrive 4WD system.

While performance is identical to what you get in the regular M5, meaning 600 PS (591 HP) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, there are several differences between the stock model and the Safety Car.

For starters, it’s packed with all the M Performance parts you can get, such as carbon fiber side skirts, rear diffuser, exhaust tips, rear spoiler, front kidney grille and wing mirror caps. It also comes with a titanium M Performance exhaust, a custom front splitter that you can’t order for the street car, bonnet latches and M4 GTS bucket seats.

The final touches in making this M5 a safety car were the addition of LED lights on the roof and the grille, flashing headlights and, of course, a special livery. You can check out the end result in the video that follows right after the jump .

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Get A Glimpse Of What The 2018 BMW M5 Is Like To Drive 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, video on 12 4th, 2017


Select members of the automotive press were recently invited to Portugal’s Estoril circuit to test the 2018 BMW M5 and although we’ll have to wait until December 5 to watch the first video reviews, Carwow has dropped a brief video previewing their experience with the super sedan.

The video starts with a brief tour of the interior and while we already know what the new M5 looks like from inside, we still get a taste of some of the cool features found in the cabin. One of the neat things implemented by BMW are two bright red switches on the steering wheel, labeled M1 and M2.

A driver can configure their ideal engine, all-wheel drive and suspension setups through the infotainment system and then assign those customized driving modes to these two switches. With a simple press of M1 or M2, the car will quickly reconfigure itself to match the driver’s desired settings.

Like the latest Mercedes-AMG E63 S, the 2018 M5 features a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an advanced all-wheel drive system that can be used in rear-wheel drive mode. Whereas the E63 S delivers 603 hp, the M5 has 591 hp on tap. However, the car still promises to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and 200 km/h (124 mph) in 11.1 seconds.

Stay tuned for the first M5 reviews in the coming couple of days.

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Get A Glimpse Of What The 2018 BMW M5 Is Like To Drive 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, video on 12 4th, 2017


Select members of the automotive press were recently invited to Portugal’s Estoril circuit to test the 2018 BMW M5 and although we’ll have to wait until December 5 to watch the first video reviews, Carwow has dropped a brief video previewing their experience with the super sedan.

The video starts with a brief tour of the interior and while we already know what the new M5 looks like from inside, we still get a taste of some of the cool features found in the cabin. One of the neat things implemented by BMW are two bright red switches on the steering wheel, labeled M1 and M2.

A driver can configure their ideal engine, all-wheel drive and suspension setups through the infotainment system and then assign those customized driving modes to these two switches. With a simple press of M1 or M2, the car will quickly reconfigure itself to match the driver’s desired settings.

Like the latest Mercedes-AMG E63 S, the 2018 M5 features a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an advanced all-wheel drive system that can be used in rear-wheel drive mode. Whereas the E63 S delivers 603 hp, the M5 has 591 hp on tap. However, the car still promises to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and 200 km/h (124 mph) in 11.1 seconds.

Stay tuned for the first M5 reviews in the coming couple of days.

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BMW M5 Competition Package Is “Closer Than You’d Think” 1
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW M5, Reports on 12 1st, 2017


The 2018 BMW M5 recently made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it appears the company is already working on a high-performance variant.

When Road and Track asked BMW M boss Frank Van Meel about a possible M5 CS, the executive responded by saying “We don’t have an M5 Competition today, so that might be an interesting question first before you look at the CS.” Van Meel went on to say customers are already asking for a M5 Competition Package and M3 CS product manager Sebastian Maier told the publication it is “closer than you’d think.”

Van Meel wasn’t ready to talk specifics but he hinted the Competition Package for the M5 will echo those available on the M3 and M4. On those models, the package includes a more direct steering ratio, an Adaptive M Suspension, and a revised Active M Differential. The package also adds 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels and an upgraded engine that produces 444 hp (331 kW).

Speaking of the M5, Van Meel said the company will announce the car’s Nürburgring lap time in the near future. Conditions weren’t favorable during the company’s first attempt but the executive believes the car will post an impressive time nonetheless.

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2018 BMW M5 Is The Fastest And Most Expensive Yet At $102,600 In The U.S. 29
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW M5, LA Auto Show, prices, USA on 11 29th, 2017


BMW has used the Los Angeles Auto Show to announce the 2018 M5 will be priced from $102,600 in the United States.

Set to go on sale next spring, the redesigned M5 is distinguished by an aggressive body kit that includes new bumpers, revised side skirts, and a sport rear diffuser. The model has features an aluminum hood, a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof, and 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels with a polished Orbit Grey finish.

The cabin comes nicely equipped with M Multifunction seats which are covered in Extended Merino leather upholstery. Drivers will also find a digital instrument cluster, an M-specific head-up display, and an M sports steering wheel.

Motivation is provided by a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 600 hp (447 kW) and 553 lb-ft (748 Nm) of torque – an increase of 40 hp (29 kW) and 53 lb-ft (71 Nm). The engine is connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to unique all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of up to 189 mph (304 km/h) with the optional M Driver’s Package.

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This BMW 2002 Project Car Is Powered By An M5 V8 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 2002, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Classics, Restomod, tuning, video on 11 23rd, 2017


When BMW first launched their 2002 model in the late 60s, it’s unlikely they ever imagined somebody would fit a 400 horsepower V8 underneath its bonnet.

Then again, the title of this video is “Dream Build”, where the dream was to get this 2002 Bimmer to accept the S62 V8 engine from a 2001 E39 M5.

Now that the build is ready, the owner of the car thought fit to talks us through everything that went into this project and how this car differs from your regular 2002 model, even though you might not know it just by looking at it.

For starters, a lot of mechanical changes were made in order to help this car handle all the extra muscle. So despite it looking mostly stock, some major underbody reinforcement took place, while a Nissan 240SX “donated” its front and rear suspension to help the cause. Other mods include brand new fenders, new doors, a new quarter panel, rear tail section, basically a lot of changes that thankfully didn’t do much to alter the car’s appearance.

Inside, you’ll find Recaro seats, a momo steering wheel, custom gauge cluster and some nice white contrast stitching all over the black leather.

Earlier this year, we saw Jay Leno drive a 1976 BMW 2002 with an S14 M power unit, from a 1989 BMW M3. It’s safe to say this one here is way quicker.

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Leaked Options List Confirms $102,600 Price For 2018 BMW M5 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


Pricing details for the 2018 BMW M5 have just emerged online courtesy of a price list for military members and U.S. diplomats.

The list, published by Bimmer Post, shows that pricing for the new M5 starts at $102,600. For that figure, customers will receive a selection of important safety features and technologies, all aimed at making the new car better than its predecessor.

Among the standard features are a tire pressure monitoring system, Park Distance Control, Active Driving Assistant, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Harmon Kardon surround sound system, Anthracite Alcantara headliner, Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning.

In terms of paint colors, customers will have seven different non-metallic and metallic paints to choose from. For those looking for slightly more exclusivity, BMW offers Azurite Black Metallic, Champagne Quartz Metallic, Almandine Brown Metallic, and Rhodonite Silver Metallic, all priced at $1,950 each.

There are three key packages offered for the 2018 M5. The first, dubbed the Driving Assistance Plus Package, is priced at $1,700 and includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant, Traffic Jam Assistant, and Cross-traffic alert.

Also on offer is the Executive Package. For $4,000, customers receive features including soft-close doors, front seats with heat and massaging functions, WiFi hotspot, rear view camera, Active Park Distance Control and Surround View with 3D View.

Last but not least is the First Edition, priced at $18,300 and including an M Sport exhaust system, 20-inch M wheels, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and the M Driver’s Package.

Follow the link above to check out the list for yourself.

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New BMW M5 Was Originally Rear-Wheel Drive 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, Reports on 11 16th, 2017


BMW has admitted that during the early stages of development for the latest M5, it experimented with rear-wheel drive.

According to vice president of BMW’s M division, Dirk Hacker, the first F90-generation M5 prototype was actually rear-wheel drive. However, due to the power delivered by the upgraded 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, rear-wheel drive simply wasn’t the smartest option to bring to production.

“[RWD] was the natural, historic way to go – until we realized we were beyond the limits of longitudinal acceleration. Four-wheel drive was the only option,” Hacker revealed to Autocar.

The adoption of all-wheel drive in the new M5 also means it better rivals both the new Mercedes-AMG E63 and the Audi RS6, performance sedans sold exclusively with all-wheel drive.

BMW’s F90 M5 manages to deliver 600 PS and 750 lb-ft of torque to the ground. Mated to the engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission, launching the sedan from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a blistering 3.4 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 11.1 seconds.

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BMW Bringing New Electrified Model At LA Show, Likely The i8 Roadster 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW Concepts, BMW i8, BMW M3, BMW M5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


BMW seems to have put an end to reports surrounding the time and place of the i8 Roadster’s presentation by announcing a new electrified model for the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Part of the brand’s commitment to offer 25 green cars by 2025, with 12 of those models to have zero-emission powertrains, the new BMW i8 Roadster will be based on its facelifted coupe sibling, bar the folding soft top.

Technically, it will remain identical to the regular i8, but it has been suggested that its battery capacity might double, from 7.1 to 14kWh. This means that the current electric range will be significantly improved, likely rising from 23 miles (37km), to over 40 miles (64km). Moreover, the entire powertrain is believed to be slightly updated as well, making a combined output of near 400hp.

Joining the i8 Roadster on the showroom floor will be the BMW i Vision Dynamics, an electric four-door Grand Coupe that can accelerate from 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in 4.0 seconds, and reach a top speed of 120mph (193km/h), while boasting a range of 373 miles (600km).

The MINI Electric Concept will also celebrate its North American premier in LA, alongside the BMW i3s. Other vehicles made by the BMW Group set to shine under the spotlight in the City of Angels are the newly-unveiled M3 CS, 8-Series Concept, X7 iPerformance Concept, M5, and 6-Series Gran Turismo, which is offered locally from $69,700, in the 640i xDrive specification.

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New BMW M5 Sounds Brutal With M Performance Titanium Exhaust Fitted 6
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, video on 11 6th, 2017


It appears that the brand new BMW M5 with the M Performance titanium exhaust sounds like a proper brute, worthy of its mega 600hp figure.

With M models of the recent turbocharged past failing to satisfy the ear canals of their owners, especially compared to the AMG rivals, it’s refreshing to hear the new M5 making loud noises again.

The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 now makes 600PS (592hp) and 553lb-ft (750Nm) of peak torque that is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-62mph comes in 3.4 seconds while 0-124mph comes in 11.1 seconds. Top speed can be optionally raised to 189mph (305km/h).

The highlight of the new M5 is the M xDrive which uses an active M differential and of course offers the option of disconnecting the front drive completely for some classic drifting action.

The new generation M5 is also the first one to get a range of M performance parts, including a tricked-out suspension and a louder exhaust system with a titanium rear muffler and carbon tips, which not only makes the new Bavarian super saloon sound more raw, it also reduces counter-pressure.

While the sound will never reach the same quality levels of a good naturally aspirated engine, we’re just happy to see the new M5 barking loudly for the camera.

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BMW M Performance Parts Make The New M5 Even More Impressive 31
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, new cars, Reports, SEMA, SEMA show on 10 31st, 2017


Shortly after a selection of teaser images were released online, the M Performance Parts for the all-new 2018 BMW M5 have just been revealed prior to the SEMA Show commencing in Las Vegas.
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BMW Unveils M5 Safety Car For MotoGP 30
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M5, motorcycles, Motorsport, new cars, racing on 10 30th, 2017


Following the recent launch of the BMW M5, the German automaker has unveiled the MotoGP Safety Car version, set to premiere at the championship’s final round in Valencia, Spain.
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