What a waste of a perfectly awesome tuned up sports car. For the record, we’re glad that the driver – a 40-year old man – and his passenger walked away from the crash without any major injuries. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for that tuned-up beast that was once a G-Power Hurricane.

The BMW M5 -tuned beast was totaled beyond recognition after the driver, who appeared to have been driving under the influence during the time of the accident, lost control of the car as a result of some high-speed – and obscenely reckless – driving before crashing head-on into a tree while it was on its way to Autenzell, a small town in northern Germany.

We can’t determine whether this tuned-up BMW M5 comes with the RS or RR tuning kit, but either way, the damage on the car is about as bad as it gets. It’s highly unlikely that the car can be pieced back together, a pity considering that the G-Power Hurricane – whether it’s an RS or RR version – is one of the most desirable BMW tuning kits out on the market.

Way to go, moron!

Source: Augsburger

We’ve already seen the BMW M5 testing and taking a pit stop at a rest area, but ow we have actual footage of the M5 as it whips around the track at the Nurburgring. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if the sports sedan wasn’t rumored to be the most memorable M5 to date. Yeah, supposedly, it’s that good.

The first "M5 Concept" version will be showcased at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and will be a near production identical version of the car set to make its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Deliveries in Europe will begin in November 2011, while US customers will get it in the spring of 2012.

The car will put out 25% less C02 than the current model and will feature a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that will put out around 555 HP which will make it more powerful than the old version. The chassis will likely be aluminum and there should be loads of carbon fiber parts. The new M5 will also get an electronically controlled limited slip differential and Dynamic Performance Control.

Source: BimmerPost
Posted on by Bryan 1

The BMW M5 is a very normal car; a car for everyday use and one of the best performance sedans on the market. However, with a push of a button - the M button to be precise - the M5 turns into an animal. A finely tuned sports machine that can rival Corvettes and perhaps even some Ferrari models.

The largest community of M5 owners, M5Board, had a chance to talk with Dr. Kay Segler, the managing director of the new M5. In the interview, he confirmed that an M5 is on the way, but not for another one to one and a half years. We should get most of the information next year in Geneva .

The car will put out 25% less C02 than the current model and will feature a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that will put out around 555 horsepower. That will make it more powerful than the old version.

"It will be a brilliant car," said Dr. Segler.

Source: M5Board
Posted on by Bryan 13

What is a high-end sports car? Are they Italian performance machines like the Ferrari 458 and the Lamborghini Gallardo , or are they more sensible vehicles like the BMW M5 and theMercedes-Benz SL63 AMG ? We think they’re the latter.

For this top ten, we are going to set the price cap at $120,000, if you can call that a cap. That should eliminate most of the extreme vehicles, but keep the basic Porsches and so on within the limits.

What kinds of things are we looking for with high-end sports cars? Obviously, they need to be fast with agile handling and excellent driving dynamics. The car needs to look stunning with a functional yet stylish interior. It would also be great if it could stand the test of time, so reliability is also a factor.

Let’s review the previous winners of our sports car test. The Volkswagen GTI took the top spot in the entry-level test due to its excellent performance, build quality, and versatility. There were numerous winners of the mid-level test , as we had multiple categories. We chose the Audi S4, the BMW M3, and the Ford Mustang GT500 as the top cars in their classes.

Hit the jump to see the list.

Last week we reported that G-Power had broken the world speed record for the world’s fastest sedan. However, only part of that news was correct. Turns out, the record wasn’t broken by the old Hurricane RS , but by a new version of the Hurricane called the RR.

The new Hurricane RR is powered by a 10-cylinder engine that received larger superchargers than the V10 used in the RS. The engine also received MAHLE high-performance forged pistons with lower compression and increased mechanical strength. These adjustments allow the RR to produce 800 hp available between 7,500 and 8,000 rpm and 800 Nm at 5,000 rpm. With this amount of power, the RR can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.35 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.5 seconds, and to 186 in 25.8 seconds. Top speed is 372.1 km/h (231 mph).

A body kit was also added to the Hurricane RR and includes front and rear skirts and spoilers. The car sits on 20" Silverstone Clubsport wheels. The interior also gets modified with the use of clear-coated carbon-fiber panels for the dashboard, center console, and door panels. Topping off the interior is an ergonomically shaped G-POWER sports steering wheel with especially perforated Kjerba Nappa leather.

UPDATE 01/20/12: It’s rare that a BMW could be in contention for the title of fastest saloon in the world, but once you factor in G-Power into the BMW’s equation, then all bets are off. If you’re looking for proof, check out this video of the high-powered Beamer M5er run roughshod around the Nurburgring. Video after the jump.

Press release after the jump.

Back in 2008, the G-Power M5 Hurricane RS received the title of "world’s fastest sedan." Back then, the car reached a top speed of 228.4 mph . Two years later, the tuner has broken its own record. During some recent testings the Hurricane RS was capable of a top speed of 231.2 mph.

Piston Heads, however, reports they are "not sure if the new feat was independently witnessed, and it was a peak maximum on an oval test track rather than a speed reached over the flying mile in both directions," so we should expect an official press release fairly soon on this record breaking feat, if it indeed is comparable to the previous record setting environment.

The Hurrican RS is powered by a V10 engine with a BI-Kompressor system that helps the engine develop an impressive 750 hp (250 hp more than a stock M5 ). The extra power of the G-POWER M5 HURRICANE RS is the result of two modified superchargers with enlarged capacity from G-POWER’s technology partner ASA. The standard air box is replaced by an aluminum casting that allows for an "incomparable response and also much more torque".

Talk about a fast, sweet ride; the only problem is that the G-Power M5 Hurricane RS will set you back €251,100. Ouch. We can think of a few other cars we would like to have for that amount of money.

Source: PistonHeads
Posted on by Bryan 2

Remember when the M5 was caught testing and some sly cat took a picture of its engine? Well, it’s been quite some time since then and we have yet to see any more photos of the M5 in the wild, but somebody decided to change all that by leaving the new M5 in a parking lot in what appears to be a rest area or a gas station.

We can see the new production wheels, the new shift knob, and the meaty looking Pirelli tires. There are new interior shots that show new seats and a tachometer with a reduced redline.

Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that will put out around 555 horsepower. That will make this model far more powerful than the old model and not to mention, far better looking.

The chassis will likely be aluminum and there should be loads of carbon fiber parts. The new M5 will also get an electronically controlled limited slip differential and Dynamic Performance Control.

The official car will debut at the Paris Motor Show .

Source: 5Post
Posted on by TREVOR LAMENYA 8

Remember the words of performance guru Mr. Carroll Shelby: Horsepower sells cars, torque wins races. Mercedes Benz surely remembers and they have taken the queue to come out on top with the launch of their revolutionary 5.5L V8 twin turbo engine.

Slated to make appearances in the CL, CLS, S, and E class, this new development has got BMW shaking in their boots as this engine will make its way to the 2011 E class AMG , arch rival to the much fabled BMW M5 . With the number of horses increasing from 525 to 537, the real gain is the massive surge of torque which has gone from 630 Nm found on the previous 6.3 V8 to a whopping 900 Nm. These numbers will be able to make mince meat out of the 2011 BMW M5 which is powered by a 4.4L V8 engine, churning 555 BHP and 680 Nm of torque.

The M5 has already been caught testing months before the forthcoming Paris Motor Show and BMW boffins are still focusing on improving its power-to-weight ratio, as the almost 300Nm of extra torque present in the 5.5 V8 engine would simply obliterate the M5 in a drag race.

With the temperatures soaring from the heat generating from the horsepower war between Mercedes and BMW , expect fringe players like Jaguar and Audi to take queue and worsen the situation.

The next generation BMW M5 has been caught testing again and this time it revealed its engine. And while we do not have a clear shot, we presume we are indeed talking about the same engine as found in the X6 M: a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that will deliver around 555 hp and 680 Nm torque, making the new M5 far better than the model it replaces. It will sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and will hit a limited top speed of 155mph or 188 mph with the optional M Drivers Package.

Of course, the new M5 BMW will focus on reducing the car’s weight, so expect an aluminum chassis and intense use of carbon fiber parts. The new M5 also gets an electronically-controlled limited slip differential and Dynamic Performance Control, which sends extra power to the outer wheel when cornering to reduce understeer.

The official debut will be made at the Paris Motor Show later this year with sales set to begin sometime in 2011.

Source: AMS
Posted on by Bryan 16

Well, it’s that time of your life. You know the time when you just turned 40 years old. Your family is in full swing and maybe your children are off to college or just about to finish up high school. Your job is okay, but nothing excites you much anymore and life is just plain dull.

Like most people, when the mid-life crisis stage sets in the only thing that every man needs is to have a fast car that makes him feel excited and young again. The question now becomes what car to buy?

The obvious choice is a Ferrari , a Lamborghini , or an Aston Martin . Nothing says youth like a DB9 or a 458 Italia . Let’s be honest with ourselves though, not many people can afford a car like that, especially with a family. We need to find something for under $100,000 that is fast, looks good, and isn’t on two wheels.

These are the top five mid-life crisis cars on the market today in the United States. Check them out after the jump.

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