BMW M5

BMW M5

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

Always count on Manhart Racing to leave us with a rash; a rash born from incessant itching to get ahold of its latest project.

Somehow, someway, Manhart did it again with its latest MH5 S Biturbo program for the BMW F10M M5 .

Comprised of a new carbon-fiber aerodynamic kit to go with an engine mod, a suspension upgrade, and a fresh set of wheels, the MH5 S Biturbo is the kind of program the M5 would beg its owners to have.

To begin with, the aero kit features a slew of new components, including a front spoiler, a new hood with integrated carbon GTR air intake systems, a rear diffuser, a rear spoiler, and as a decorative treat, a full matte-grey metallic wrapping on the entire body of the sports sedan with matching decorative MHR stripes. As for the wheels, Manhart enlisted the help of ADV.1 wheels to give the M5 proper runners. The latter came through yet again, giving the M5 a set of 21-inch three-part rims shod in 265/30ZR21 and 305/25ZR21 tires.

Manhart Racing also installed a fully adjustable chassis frame from KW Clubsport, which can then be adjusted separately in compression and rebound stages and racing springs. Finally, Manhart also built performance-optimized racing drive-shaft support systems for the M5, ensuring that no stones are left unturned with its program.

Speaking of leaving no stones unturned, Manhart saved the best for last, fitting the engine with its own MHR carbon air intake system and MHR sports silencer made of high-grade steel with two 90 mm (3.54-inch) twin tail pipes to with a valve control system. All told, the modifications allowed the M5 and its 4.4-liter V-8 engine to produce 646 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, up from 560 and 502, respectively, and good enough to hit a top speed of 196 mph.

The next major event of the Fall is the SEMA Auto Show and if there haven’t been enough reasons to follow the vehicles that will be attending, this next model should seal the deal. The guys over at IND Distribution will be headed to Las Vegas with a special project based on the new BMW M5 . The tuner has yet to offer any details on this car’s specifications, but they did promise that it will be the "world’s fastest M5 ." Has this caught your attention yet?

IND Distribution wants to keep as much of their new project secret as possible, but these images do reveal a special feature that certainly starts things off right. The IND BMW M5 is sporting a smooth carbon fiber roof. Aside from that key feature, we can also see Recaro seats, special safety equipment developed by Fall Line Motorsports, and new KW suspensions.

We’re willing to bet our paychecks that this list of features will be much longer than that, especially since there is no mention yet as to the power upgrades provided. This M5 can’t be the world’s fastest without a good boost in power. All we can do now is wait and see "the absolute best F10 M5 possible" when it debuts at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, which starts on October 30, 2012.

BMW M6 Coupe

While most people are still waiting to receive their BMW M5 or M6 , BMW North America has just issued a recall for these exact model, at least the ones produced between July 2012 and September 2012. According to BMW officials, a total of 696 vehicles in the US are potentially affected.

According to the official statement, the issue "involves the engine oil pump. The pump driveshaft can separate from the pump rotor. If this were to occur, the engine could experience a sudden loss of oil pressure which could cause severe engine damage."

However, it is very easy for the driver to become aware of the problem. "If the vehicle experiences a sudden loss of oil pressure, a low oil pressure warning indicator is displayed in the instrument cluster, along with a warning message in the control display."

BMW is advising its clients not to drive the M5 or the M6 until the recall is completed. Customers who discover an engine loss to their car are advised to carefully pull over to the side of the road and shut off the engine. In this case, contact BMW Roadside Assistance at 1-800-332-4269. During the recall, deliveries of these models will be stopped.

Source: F10 M5 Post

Forza Horizon will be making its official debut on October 23rd, but until that happens, Turn 10 Studios is providing us with a series of videos showing behind the scenes images of the upcoming game.

In Episode One, you get to meet some of the creators of the game and learn what makes Forza Horizon such an incredible new expression of the Forza series. The video also presents the beauty that is Colorado, the unadulterated joy that is night racing, and lots of cool details to whet your appetite for the game.

If you can’t wait until October, the game is now available for pre-order , so you can set yourself up for getting in with the likes of the 2013 SRT Viper , the 2012 BMW M5 , the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 , and the Ford GT , among many others.

Stay tuned, Episode Two will be available soon!

The new BMW M5 marked the first time the company ever used a turbocharged engine for that specific model and the added boost was worth it, providing the 4.4-liter V8 with a galloping 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a 502 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm. Much to our surprise, though, BMW failed to offer a wide variety of performance numbers for their new sports sedan, leaving the ball in the customers’ court as to how fast the M5 could really go. Lucky for us, an owner of the new M5 was kind enough to share some of his performance times.

This owner recently took his M5 to a local drag strip, pulling in a time of 11.92 seconds at 119 mph with a 1.9 sixty foot. This was only his first attempt, however, as after getting used to the launch control, he managed to improve his time to 11.78 seconds at 119 mph with 1.85 sixty foot. He said that his M5 was bone stock, including the tires and air pressure.

This adds to the BMW M5’s already stellar performance numbers of 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and its Nurburgring lap time of 7:55, as well as its top speed of 190 mph.

Source: M5 Post

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