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It looks like BMW is having all the fun in the world smashing the strangest world records out there. Back in February, a BMW M5 with Johan Schwartz behind the wheel entered the Guinness World Record Book for the longest drift: 76.8 km (47.71 miles). Now, Schwartz managed to smash his own record while driving the same unmodified M5.

This time the record was established at BMW Performance Center near Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 11, 2013. This time, he did a total of 322.5 laps around a circumference of 841 foot circle, providing a total distance traveled of 51.278 miles.

This event is just the first of many during a week of events leading up to the BMW Charity Pro-Am. To date, a total of $20,000 has been raised with benefits going to more than 150 charities.

Those attending the world record were invited to enjoy drives in new BMW vehicles, including the M6 Coupe or received a "hot lap" ride from one the BMW Performance Center Instructors.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M5.

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The BMW M5 was first introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984, so if you do a little math you’ll find that in 2014 the model will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To mark the event, BMW is unveiling a special-edition M5. Or at least this is what a strange M5 prototype caught testing near the M factory in Garching suggests, as it was wearing a “30 Year Limited Edition” badge on its dashboard.

From the same plaque, it appears that the special edition will be limited to only 300 units. Everything else seems to be identical to the standard M5, except some dark chrome gills added to the exterior. Also, the prototype seems to be an American version, judging by the U.S.-only manual option and the orange markers on the front fenders.

Before this special edition gets the opportunity to hit the market, the M5 will receive a revision and the addition of a new Competition Package .

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M5.

Source: BimmerToday
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Ohio-based tuner, Switzer Performance, is famous for its upgrade packages for two-door models like Porsches and the GTRs, but this the tuner turned its attention to a four-door model: a BMW M5 . Called P700, the new package is all about increasing the engine’s power and can be yours for a price of $6995.

In the standard garb, the BMW M5 a 4.4-liter V-8 engine equipped with M TwinPower Turbo helps the M5 deliver a total of 460 horsepower and a peak torque of 502 pound-feet. However, Switzer thought that the M5 could do much better than that and we totally agree. So, Switzer went to task installing high-flow, drop-in air filters, a removable engine control module and a new high-performance, stainless-steel exhaust system. This new exhaust system includes less-restrictive mufflers and larger-diameter pipes.

The result is an output of 700 horsepower, hence the P700 name, and of 640 pound-feet of torque. We have no idea how this kit will improve the car’s performances, but it’s definitely much faster than the standard M5’s 4.4-second 0-to-60 mph time and 155 mph top speed.

Click past the jump to read about the standard M5 that this monster kit is based on

If you ask a Bimmer fan which is the best model launched on the market in the past few months, the M5 will most likely be on the top of the list. In fact, even the guys over Top Gear were impressed by the sports sedan. So, why update it? Well, because you can!!

Vorsteiner, for example, has prepared a tuning kit for the M5 that includes a new aerodynamic kit made in carbon fiber, new wheels and numerous performance products.

For the exterior, the new kit includes a new add-on spoiler, a new splitter and for the rear, a new deck-lid spoiler and a new lightweight trunk lid with integrated wing profile. The tuner also replaced the rear diffuser, so it now integrates the new exhaust system offered in two versions: either stainless steel or titanium.

The Vorsteiner M5 will be offered with new forged wheels offered in various sizes, depending on customer’s wishes: 20, 21 or 22 inches. For the interior, the modifications are limited to embroidered floor mats and trunk mat accessories.

The new BMW M5 kit will be available starting April 2013.

Hamann says that its new program for the BMW M5 , called Mi5Sion, is the most ferocious M5 of all time.

While that may ring of hyperbole to some people, we actually think that the German tuner has a point. Sure, the program has no performance upgrades, but in terms of looks, that’s one vicious looking M5.

In order to achieve the completely redefined dynamic of the M5, Hamann dug deep in their bag of tricks to fit the sports saloon with a bevy of new components. The front spoiler is where a lot of the modifications took place. There are still some of the standard M5 features like the deep front splitter, the LEDs, and the large air intakes. But Hamann took it a step further by adding a new dual kidney-shaped grille that covers the headlights completely, making for a menacing and angry-looking M5.

In addition, Hamann also extended the width of the M5 by 30 mm (1.18 inches) on each side while also dressing it up with carbon-fiber side skirts, door fixtures, sporty wings and broad rear wheel housings. On therear, a new integrated diffuser accommodates the pair of stainless-steel tailpipes while a rear spoiler was installed to provide better downforce for the M5. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a set of 21-inch forged wheels wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R tires.

Moving to the interior, the Mi5Sion M5 was treated to plenty of leather in the same Alpine White finish of the exterior with touches of carbon embossing, giving the interior a distinctive look that fits right in with the aggressive overall appearance of the program.

The new BMW M5 has seen tons of upgrade packages in its relatively short life, and today we bring you a new one. It comes from the Beckingen-based BMW tuning specialist Hartge, which has developed a few options for the current BMW M5 , including power upgrade to 642 horsepower.

In its standard version the M5 gets a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a stout 560 horsepower at 6,000 to 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 pound-feet from as low as 1,500 rpm. Hartge managed to increase this output to a total of 642 horsepower and 597 pound-feet of torque. As a result the M5 will now sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds, while top speed has now been increased to 302 km/h (187 mph).

Along with this impressive engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering a sport spring kit, which lowers the M5 by 25 mm (0.98 inches) at the front and 20 mm (0.78 inches)at the rear), and a new aerodynamic package that includes a rear silencer, front spoiler and a carbon-fiber mirror casings. The tuner is also offering a set of 21-inch alloy wheels. For the interior, the tuner offers up velour floor mats and an aluminum pedal set.

Source: Hartge

The latest episode of “Car and Driver: Abroad” put together two of the most impressive models offered by BMW in 2012, the M5 sports sedan and the M6 Coupe . The two are compared exterior, the interior and then, of course, taken to the race track and pushed to their limits.

The M5 is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph. The same engine is also used for the M6 Coupe, but the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.2 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph, or 189 mph with M Performance Package activated.

Which one do you think is the best? Check the video and you will find out!

We are pretty sure that you remember the BMW 1M Coupe Raze announced by Revozport back in 2011. Revozport was among the first tuners to unveil an upgrade kit for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe , but it looks like the tuner waited quite a while before offering any upgrades for BMW M5 .

The kit Revozport offers includes six new elements made from carbon fiber that are specially designed to complement the elegance of the M5. The aerodynamic kit includes a new front grille, mirror covers, new fender grille, front splitter and, for the rear, an adjustable diffuser and a trunk lip spoiler. The price for the side fender grille, the mirror covers and front grille is $2,035 and the prices for rest of the elements will be announced at a later date.

The tuner didn’t announce any under-hood upgrades, so customers will have to enjoy the standard engine, which is a 4.4-liter V-8 engine with an output of 560 horsepower 502 pound-feet of torque. Judging from the previous packages, we expect to see several engine upgrades to the M5 in the near future.

You have to admit: BMW has some of the coolest commercials for the models in its lineup. But no mater how impressive these commercials are, we always like to see what the BMW fans can do when they get to put their creative hats on.

For example, the guys over at AutoRauto have chosen two amazing BMW models: one that is approaching the end of its production cycle - the M3 , and one that has just made it to the market - the M5 . We have to wary, the commercials they have created are equally impressive.

As a reminder, the M3 is powered by a V8 engine with 420 HP, while the M5 gets an even more impressive 4.4-liter turbocharged engine with an output of 560 HP.

Hit the jump to watch a very cool BMW M5 commercial by AutoRauto. After watching both of them, let us know which of the two is your favorite!

BMW M135i

Last week we reported that the BMW M135i lapped the famous Nordschleife track in just 8:05 minutes, but new details suggest that the time was in fact set on a Bridge to Gantry lap which is shorter and measures only 11.9 miles.

Now, the guys over German magazine Sport Auto lapped the car at the actual Nurburgring Nordschleife track (12.93 miles) and obtained a time of 8:18, making the new M135i just three seconds slower than the the 1-Series M Coupe . The car lapped at the Green Hell was a standard M135i featuring a rear-wheel drive configuration and using a six-speed manual gearbox. All we can do now is wait for an official lap time from BMW .

As a reminder, the M135i is powered by a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 320 HP at 5,800 rpm and 331 lbs-ft of torque. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.

Source: BMW Blog

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