BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

  BMW began producing the 5-Series models in 1972 and is currently producing the sixth generation of the luxury car. Sold in both sedan and touring styles, the BMW 5-Series is powered by a single turbo inline-6 N55 and the twin-turbo V8 N63, and is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW also released the 5-Series Gran Turismo which is a coupé-like crossover powered by a single-turbo diesel I6 producing 242hp, a single-turbo I6 producing 302hp, and a twin-turbo V8 producing 402hp. These engines are mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and get stopping power from the new Brake Energy Regeneration system.

BMW is well known for their amazing commercials when it comes to their M line-up. The latest one is called "Cake" and features three of the latest models: the M5 , the M3 GTS , and the 1M Coupe . Which one is the best? Sorry, we can’t decide, but feel free to take your pick!

The commercial’s slogan is "Have your cake and eat it too." This is more than appropriate when you take into account the power, style, and luxury offered in BMW models. The BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. The M3 GTS gets the same engine, but the output in this model is 450 HP. On the other hand, the 1M Coupe gets a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 340 horsepower.

As all of automotive enthusiasts got introduced to cars we began falling in love with certain makes, models, and types of cars. For most of us, this happened at an early age. I was primarily raised around muscle cars, so it is easy to understand why I have an absolute infatuation with them. It also had to do with the fact that I learned about cars in the `80s and there weren’t many powerful cars to speak of in that era.

Chris Harris also learned about his love for cars through the 1980s, but obviously had more exposure to German cars than the average American youngster in the `80s, as his childhood favorite was the car that spawned the performance sedan market way back in the `80s. This epic, but little-known, ride is the 1986 BMW M5 .

This car pumps out 286 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque from its 3.5-liter inline six cylinder and only 187 of them were ever imported into the U.K. with right-hand drive. While the 187 number is impressive by modern-day standards, the 286 ponies and 251 pound-feet are pretty average. Then again, the 1986 was chock-full of big V-8s that struggled to even push out 200 horsepower (see: 1986 Camaro Z/28 , 1986 Mustang GT , and 1986 Corvette ).

You can obviously tell that Chris loves driving this car, as he drifts it around a few turns and really gets into it. He makes it clear that the car is far from flawless, as the rear bumper trim is falling off, it has some dents, and the interior is just a little above average for its age, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Check out the above video to have a look and listen to this impressive machine. You also get a chance to gain just a little more respect for Chris Harris, as he shows that he knows exactly what BMW built this car to do.

Kelleners Sport isn’t a stranger when it comes to tuning BMWs , and their latest project only adds credence to their reputation as one of the best BMW tuners around.

The program is for the new BMW M5 , which as we all know, is a car that’s ripe for the aftermarket industry. For their project, Kelleners Sport decided to give the M5 a comprehensive aerodynamic program with a future performance modification kit set to follow.

In terms of the former, the Kelleners kit involves plenty of carbon fiber components, including a new front lip spoiler, extended side skirts, carbon fiber mirror caps, a new rear diffuser, and an aggressive rear spoiler fitted into the car’s trunk. The program also features a new set of lightweight multi-spoke wheels, which adds a touch of sporty aggression on the car.

In terms of performance, Kelleners was able to increase the car’s output by 100 horsepower. Add that to the standard model’s 560-horsepower output and you get 660 ponies to go wit 790 Nm of torque. Pretty impressive, right?

The current BMW M5 F10 already has a G-Power tuned program to its name, one where the German tuner squeezes 640 horsepower out of the German sports car.

But even if the M5 F10 is already out and about, G-Power still did something pretty sensational to the previous generation M5, calling their new program the M5 Hurricane RRS. To give the M5 some added shine, G-Power added a plethora of performance improvement components, including the company’s now famous BI-Kompressor "Sporty Drive" supercharging system. A new coil over suspension was also added, as were a new set of 20" Silverstone Diamond wheels and high-performance brakes. Ceramic brakes are also being offered as an option.

Thanks to its already stout Hurricane power kit, G-Power managed to increase and optimize the engine to a staggering 830 horsepower and 575 lb/ft of torque. Those numbers are good enough to allow this ridiculous M5 to hit 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds, 0-124 mph in 9.1 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 25.2 seconds.

And as for top speed? Try an eye-popping 231 mph.

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Automotive manufacturers are continually trying to make their cars appealing to the masses and one popular way of doing this is by offering programs which allow customers to individualize their cars to not only make them more valuable, but to also make them perfectly suited to whatever paces the owners plan to put them through.

High end cars can be optioned with different kinds of leathers, carpets, and even stereo systems, but we’ve yet to see custom instrument panels being offered, until now. As part of the BMW 5-series ’ fairly large update released recently, the German brand is offering an option where all 5-series cars can be optioned out with a 10.25-inch LCD coming standard with Black Panel technology to make it as real as possible, by adding super-deep and crisp blacks.

The action however, kicks off as the driver can choose out of four different displays, where the information on the instrument panel changes as does the color, such as those backing the speedometer and tachometer.

The familiar BMW set-up comes standard, while the three remaining options are dubbed Comfort, Eco Pro, and Sport and each have their own customized functions with the Eco Pro set up displaying how efficiently the car is being driven, similar to other instrument panels fitted to hybrid and electric cars.

In a similar vein, while in Sport mode, the speed and gear selected in the car are featured prominently to help minimize the time the driver’s eyes are looking down, by displaying them through large numeric figures.

No details have been released about how much this optional extra will set prospecting buyers back, but $1000 - $2000 wouldn’t be out of the question.

Source: Carscoop

Not all of us are quite privileged enough to be able to lump down enough money to import a 2012 BMW M5 into the U.S., nor are we all patient enough to await the 2013 release of the new M5. This means we are stuck with videos from people like the fine folks over at Bimmerpost.

One of the new features on the 2012 M5 , which will likely be a part of the M5 when it hits U.S. showrooms for the 2013 model year, is the Active Sound system. This is a system that is integrated with the stereo system and pipes engine notes through the stereo’s speakers.

So, here is our dilemma… Is this new feature a cool trick or simply a useless gimmick that BMW is slapping on this ride to make it seem cooler? The folks at Bimmerpost saved the day again by providing us automotive nerds with audio of the 2012 M5 with the AS system active, then with it deactivated, which involves yanking a fuse that also disables the entire stereo system and the rear parking assistant.

After listening to the two audio clips, which you can do in the above video, we can certainly tell the difference between the actual engine sound and the digitized engine sound. While BMW did go to great lengths to help match the digi-engine with the real engine, it is really a disappointment. To some people it might be a cool feature, but real auto buffs want to hear the engine itself.

BMW could help us all out by putting an “On/Off” switch on this feature, without having to disable the entire audio system by pulling the fuse. This rings even more true with folks that add in aftermarket components to this already high-performance sedan. They want to hear the modified turbo whistle, blow-off valve, and exhaust note, not some synthesized version of the stock engine.

We call this a useless gimmick for now. Let us know how you feel in the comments section below!

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Even though the autobahn is one of the most technologically-advanced highway systems in the world, the lack of speed limits do present a few problems. There are some unwritten rules in regards to the autobahn as drivers pushing their cars generally keep to the inside lane and leave their left indicators on as a warning to upcoming cars to move aside.

Just like any other highway system, accidents always occur and the latest involved a 2012 BMW M5 being driven at speeds in excess of 186. Reports claim that the crash occurred after the 60-year-old driver swerved to avoid a car which merged into his lane erratically, before spearing into the central divider, sliding across the road and flipping multiple times before coming to a rest on the grass bordering the road.

It’s unclear just how fast the M5 was travelling at the time of the crash, but based on the following pictures, the crash must have been fairly violent. Furthermore, when the car came to a rest the engine bay caught fire, but thankfully the driver’s sons were able to put out the blaze, who were following the M5 in an M6 and M3 .

Thankfully all the passengers involved, including a dog, managed to escape the crash without serious injury but the M5 is definitely a write-off which is a real shame.

With 560 HP, the newBMW M5 is nothing short of a hit among tuners from all over the world: some want to make it look even more aggressive and others want to improve upon the already impressive performance numbers. The latest tuning package comes from Manhart Racing, who hope to prove that, when combined with the appropriate updates, the BMW M5’s standard 560 HP is more of a joke than a serious power offering.

The BMW M5 ’s standard 4.4 liter V8-Biturbo engine has been given a series of modifications on its turbochargers, downpipes, and exhaust-gas system. As a result, the output has been increased to 633 HP and 575 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough, the tuner has promised that the next step will be achieving 670 HP.

The package also includes a flap-controlled sports-exhaust-gas system made of high-grade steel with four diagonally placed 90 mm exhaust pipe-ends, a new sport coilover kit, and the obligatory new set of 21" wheels.


After being named the world’s fastest sedan with a 7:55 Nurburgring lap time , BMW’s new M5 sports sedan will make its appearance in the One Lap of America event starting May 4, 2012. It will enter the Luxury Sedan class for top honors in the new "Showroom Stock" class. Next to it, the BMW Performance Center will be providing the One Lap of America staff with official vehicles for 2012.

After competing in the One Lap, the BMW M5 will officially arrive in authorized US BMW Centers in August of 2012. As a reminder, the new M5 is powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and can go up to a top speed of 190 mph.

"The fifth generation M5 will compete for the new ‘Showroom Stock’ recognition within the Luxury Sedan class at One Lap of America, which serves as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate its performance capabilities as well as those of the BMW Performance Center instructors," said Dan Gubitosa, BMW Performance Center Manager.

Straight from the minds of the people that brought us the "Zeus ,", the "Deathbolt ," and the "Eagle Eye " comes another piece of tuning genius in the "Exkalaber."

With the continuing trend of working on some of the finest sports cars in the land, SR Auto Group took the M5 E60 and gave it a mash-up of customized programs from different tuners and made it into their own.

The most distinctive addition to the German sports car is the Hamann-sourced aerodynamic body kit that comes with a bevy of new components, including the new front lip, new side skirts, and the new rear lip. In addition, SR Auto Group also added four matte black exhaust tips that, when combined with a Dinan exhaust system, gives the M5 E60 a significant performance boost.

Rounding out the modifications are a new set of wheels - the 21" PUR 4OUR DEPTH wheel - that the aftermarket company has fitted into some of the most exotic super cars in the world.

Overall, Project Exkalaber doesn’t carry the same bank for your buck than most of the company’s previous projects, but that doesn’t mean that this program is any less awesome. The look, feel, and overall aura of Exkalaber paints a very different picture.

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