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Here’s A Love Letter To The BMW E60 M5’s Epic V10 Engine 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Film, video on 01 13th, 2018


Just in case you needed a reminder of how incredibly awesome the 5.0-liter V10 engine in the BMW E60 M5 was, here’s a little something that should bring back those memories.

Codenamed S85, the naturally aspirated 10-cylinder engine was designed specifically for this M5 (and its two-door counterpart, the M6), producing 500hp (507PS) and 380lb-ft (520Nm) of torque.

The US-spec E60 M5s were the only ones in the world to be offered with a manual six-speed gearbox, as the rest of the world got a seven-speed SMG automated manual transmission only, which is easily the weakest link in a car that’s been universally praised for its performance and handling.

Featuring a compression ratio of 12.0:1 and able to rev up to 8,250rpm, the S85 makes the E60 M5 a true screamer, giving the four-door super-saloon a proper supercar-like soundtrack that is so missing from cars these days.

In the following video, Carwow has a go in a BMW E60 M5, reminding us of its epic engine and the beautiful music it made.

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This Toyota 86 Time Attack Car Has A BMW M5 V10 11
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, BMW, BMW M5, Film, Motorsport, racing, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota Videos, video on 01 11th, 2018


If you want to transform a Toyota 86 into a time attack machine, you could slap a turbo on the 2.0-liter four-cylinder or simply install an LS crate engine.

However, the Australian owner of this 86 decided against both of those options and has instead paired the Japanese sports car with BMW’s desirable S85 5.0-liter V10 found in the older M5 and M6 models.

Created by Zoom Garage, this 86 recently competed in Sydney’s World Time Attack Challenge and turned on the heat, not only looking good but also performing extremely well at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Rather than use the SMG transmission traditionally mated to the E60 M5’s V10, Zoom Garage opted for the six-speed manual from the E92 M3. Interestingly, the massive V10 slotted into the engine bay with relative ease, it was only the gearbox that caused a few headaches, forcing the tuner to customize the transmission tunnel to make everything fit.

Surprisingly, the V10 isn’t all that much heavier than the car’s standard flat-four. As standard, it weighs roughly 35 kg (77 lbs) more. However, by modifying the engine and installing a lightweight air intake, Zoom has significantly lowered its weight, ensuring that it is now just 10 kg (22 lbs) heavier than the flat-four. The S85 has also been modified with a dry sump setup alongside fuel pump and injector upgrades to allow it to run on E85 fuel.

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Watch The New BMW M5 Set Two Drifting Records At The Same Time 9
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, drifting, Film, Record, video on 01 9th, 2018

An all-wheel drive, automatic family sedan is about the last vehicle you’d think would drift. (Trust us, we’ve tried it.) But the new BMW M5 is no ordinary family sedan.

In fact it just set not one, but two new records for doing just that: one record that it beat – positively obliterated, really – and another that it set for the first time.

The idea was to take back the record for the longest sustained drift. BMW broke the previous record a few years back when Johan Schwartz oversteered a previous M5 around the skidpad at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina (where Schwartz works as a driving instructor).

He managed to lap the skidpad 322.5 times that time, covering a distance of 51.278 miles. Then someone beat his record, so they went at it again at the same track, with same driver, and a new M5.

Though the rules would ostensibly have allowed them to stop and refuel, the team at BMW went one better, setting another record in the process. They rigged up a military-aviation-style refueling rig, brought a second M5 in alongside the first one in a parallel drift, and gassed up one car from the other while they both skidded sideways around the wet track.

Not once, either: five times over the course of eight uninterrupted hours of continuous drifting, covering a total distance of 232.5 miles. The previous record they had to beat, in case you were wondering: 89.55 miles. Like we said, positively obliterated. And BMW has two new Guinness World Records to show for it.

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Did BMW Really Just Refuel An M5 Mid-Drift? 8
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Film, Record, video on 01 8th, 2018


With 600 horsepower and a trick all-wheel drive system, the new 2018 BMW M5 is surely capable of a lot. But a mid-drift refueling?

From what this video has to show us, yes – that’s exactly what the Bavarian automaker has pulled off with its new performance sedan.

Though the details have yet to be released, it appears that the M5 just set some sort of record – Guinness-certified, no less – for the world’s longest sustained drift, covering the greatest distance possible in one continuous, 8-hour power slide.

In fact the M5 appears to have drifted for so long that it needed to be gassed up in the middle. So they did it military-style, lining up with another M5 and transferring fuel from one car to the other.

That’s about all we know at the moment, but BMW promises to give us more on the stunt tomorrow. In the meantime, you can get a taste for what they pulled off in the pair of videos below. Just please promise us that you won’t try to do the same yourself.

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BMW Launches M5 Configurator For U.S., Promises To Expect The Unexpected In 5 Days 4
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW M5, Configurator, USA on 01 4th, 2018


BMW USA has released the online configurator for the all-new M5.

Pricing starts at $102,600 and customers can select from between seven different primary colors and four BMW Individual options. Speaking of exterior options, the car comes equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels but two 20-inch sets are available for an additional $1,300.

Moving into the cabin, customers will find Silverstone Extended Merino Leather upholstery but Full Merino Leather is available for $3,500 and BMW Individual Full Merino Leather is a wallet busting $5,000. Trim choices include two aluminum carbon options as well as Fineline Ridge wood and premium choices such as Plum Brown wood and Piano black trim.

In terms of packages, customers can order the Driving Assistance Plus Package which includes blind spot detection, cross-traffic alert, and a lane departure warning system. The package also adds frontal collision warning with collision mitigation, active lane keeping assistant, and traffic jam assistant – among other things.

The $4,000 Executive Package packs on the luxury features as it includes heated, ventilated, and massaging front seats. Other additions include a four-zone automatic climate control system, a wireless smartphone charger, a WiFi hotspot, and soft-close automatic doors.

Rounding out the options are a moonroof, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System. Last but not least, there’s a rear-seat entertainment system and the M Driver’s Package which provides buyers with a one-day class that teaches them the basics of high-performance driving.

As refresher, the 2018 BMW M5 has a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 600 hp (447 kW) and 553 lb-ft (749 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system which enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of up to 190 mph (305 km/h).

Besides launching the configurator, BMW posted a mysterious countdown clock which says to “expect the unexpected” in five days. It’s unclear what BMW is talking about but we should find out soon enough.

H/T to BMW Blog

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From 286 HP To 600, The BMW M5 Has Progressed A Lot Over Over The Years 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Film, video on 12 25th, 2017


When you think of performance sedans, the BMW M5 is bound to be among the first that comes to mind. But the Bavarian super-sled is not a monolith that has remained constant over time in the same way as, say the Porsche 911.

While most versions of the M5 have been front-engine/rear-drive four-door sedans, there’ve been wagons as well, and the latest one comes with all-wheel drive. And that’s before we even get to the powertrains.

We’ve seen M5s with six, eight, and even ten cylinders, turbocharged or naturally aspirated, with manual, automatic, and dual-clutch transmissions, and with outputs ranging from 286 horsepower all the way up to 600.

That’s a heck of a transformation, and it’s all chronicled (along with some interesting factoids for the truly obsessed) in the video below – not from Donut Media, but from the (relatively) new Cars Evolution channel.

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From 286 HP To 600, The BMW M5 Has Progressed A Lot Over Over The Years 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M5, BMW Videos, Film, video on 12 25th, 2017


When you think of performance sedans, the BMW M5 is bound to be among the first that comes to mind. But the Bavarian super-sled is not a monolith that has remained constant over time in the same way as, say the Porsche 911.

While most versions of the M5 have been front-engine/rear-drive four-door sedans, there’ve been wagons as well, and the latest one comes with all-wheel drive. And that’s before we even get to the powertrains.

We’ve seen M5s with six, eight, and even ten cylinders, turbocharged or naturally aspirated, with manual, automatic, and dual-clutch transmissions, and with outputs ranging from 286 horsepower all the way up to 600.

That’s a heck of a transformation, and it’s all chronicled (along with some interesting factoids for the truly obsessed) in the video below – not from Donut Media, but from the (relatively) new Cars Evolution channel.

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The New BMW M5 Set A Lap Record (But Not At The Nurburgring) 21
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M5, Record on 12 21st, 2017


We’ve yet to see what the new BMW M5 can do at the Nurburgring, but the performance sedan has claimed the lap record at another circuit.

BMW factory driver Bruno Spengler (who won the DTM title back in 2012) took the F90-generation M5 to the Shanghai International Circuit in China, where it clocked a hot lap of 2:22.828.

That was enough, according to the manufacturer, to take the lap record for four-door production sedans at the circuit, apparently beating the previous record by five seconds.

The overall record still stands at 1:31.68, set by Lewis Hamilton this year in the Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ on his way to winning the Chinese Grand Prix this year. (Rival Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas were close behind at 1:31.86, according to FastestLaps.com.)

Lest you think the new M5’s trick xDrive traction system would make it eligible for the fastest all-wheel-drive lap, think again: that honor belongs to the Toyota TS050 prototype, which was clocked at 1:42.53.

There have also been faster “sedans” on the track, mind you – like the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC (1:48.78) and Holden Commodore V8 Supercar (1:51.06) – but those are silhouette racers, not road-going production models.

Still, that time is not bad at all for the road-going M5, especially considering that it’s less than 20 seconds off the best time posted by an LMGTE racer – namely the 2:03.76 set by AF Corse’s Davide Rigon in the Ferrari 458 – but we’re comparing apples to oranges here. Now if we could see what it’ll do around the Nordschleife….

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The New BMW M5 Set A Lap Record (But Not At The Nurburgring) 21
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW M5, Record on 12 21st, 2017


We’ve yet to see what the new BMW M5 can do at the Nurburgring, but the performance sedan has claimed the lap record at another circuit.

BMW factory driver Bruno Spengler (who won the DTM title back in 2012) took the F90-generation M5 to the Shanghai International Circuit in China, where it clocked a hot lap of 2:22.828.

That was enough, according to the manufacturer, to take the lap record for four-door production sedans at the circuit, apparently beating the previous record by five seconds.

The overall record still stands at 1:31.68, set by Lewis Hamilton this year in the Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ on his way to winning the Chinese Grand Prix this year. (Rival Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas were close behind at 1:31.86, according to FastestLaps.com.)

Lest you think the new M5’s trick xDrive traction system would make it eligible for the fastest all-wheel-drive lap, think again: that honor belongs to the Toyota TS050 prototype, which was clocked at 1:42.53.

There have also been faster “sedans” on the track, mind you – like the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC (1:48.78) and Holden Commodore V8 Supercar (1:51.06) – but those are silhouette racers, not road-going production models.

Still, that time is not bad at all for the road-going M5, especially considering that it’s less than 20 seconds off the best time posted by an LMGTE racer – namely the 2:03.76 set by AF Corse’s Davide Rigon in the Ferrari 458 – but we’re comparing apples to oranges here. Now if we could see what it’ll do around the Nordschleife….

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3 Minutes Of New BMW M5 Driving Reveal Its Amazing Exhaust Note 16
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, video on 12 16th, 2017


The first reviews of the new BMW M5 have started flowing in, and with them come a number of videos that reveal the joys of driving the new Bavarian super saloon.

One of them demonstrates the V8 symphony by taking the new M5 out for a short drive on public roads. Now, it seems that the microphone might have been placed near the exhaust instead of the interior, but that doesn’t make the sound any less exciting.

The clip is accompanied by a short caption that reveals the driver’s opinion on the latest M-car. So, according to him, “the M5 sounds proper, louder, more aggressive than before, and a more complete and cohesive symphony, with deeper tones and frightening backfire crackles”.

We bet we’ll soon see a video comparing the sound of the new M5 with that of the Mercedes-AMG E63, which also has a tremendous soundtrack to go with its ballistic performance.

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3 Minutes Of New BMW M5 Driving Reveal Its Amazing Exhaust Note 16
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M, BMW M5, BMW Videos, new cars, video on 12 16th, 2017


The first reviews of the new BMW M5 have started flowing in, and with them come a number of videos that reveal the joys of driving the new Bavarian super saloon.

One of them demonstrates the V8 symphony by taking the new M5 out for a short drive on public roads. Now, it seems that the microphone might have been placed near the exhaust instead of the interior, but that doesn’t make the sound any less exciting.

The clip is accompanied by a short caption that reveals the driver’s opinion on the latest M-car. So, according to him, “the M5 sounds proper, louder, more aggressive than before, and a more complete and cohesive symphony, with deeper tones and frightening backfire crackles”.

We bet we’ll soon see a video comparing the sound of the new M5 with that of the Mercedes-AMG E63, which also has a tremendous soundtrack to go with its ballistic performance.

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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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