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.
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.
After five years of successful production, the current generation BMW M5 E60 sedan and touring is about to end its life. During this period BMW sold a total of 20,548 units with USA being the most successful market. The States sold a total of 8,800 vehicles. They were ahead of the German market (1,647 units), Great Britain, and Ireland who developed the greatest demand on the European continent with 1,776 vehicles sold. Japan (1,357 units) takes fourth place among the most significant markets for the BMW M5 Saloon, followed by Italy (512).
The current BMW M5 E60 is powered by a 5.5 liter V10 engine with a maximum power of 500 hp achieved at 7750 rpm and a maximum torque of 383 lb-ft. realized at 6100 rpm. This will be the new vehicle that will begin production at the same plants the M5 E60s were produced. In fact, the new M5 is the reason the E60 is being shoved out of the door.
The next generation BMW M5 will be unveiled in 2011. It will be powered by the same V8 engine used in the X5 and X6 M, but tweaked to deliver between 585-600HP. Since this is the same engine we thought the BMW M5 would have, we can estimate that it will sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155mph or 188 mph with the optional M Drivers Package.
The large car craze in the United States is at the end of its life cycle, at least we hope. Gas prices are still a bit high, but they will need to rise just a bit more in order to really bring the small car back into our thoughts again.
That being said, some of the most popular cars on the market today were once considered way too small to be safe. Take the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris for example. The three-door Yaris is a pretty popular car, but many still find it to be the size of a shoebox rather than the size of a proper car. The Fit is a little bigger, but Americans still find it a bit too small for their tastes. Maybe the seats just aren’t wide enough.
Modern safety laws and design have helped these small cars earn five-star safety ratings, but size still matters in some people’s minds. It’s going to take a few very special small cars, and even a few minivans and wagons, to shake America’s love with large, oversized vehicles. Here are the top ten cars that aren’t available in the United States.
As the twin-turbo V8 says hello in 2011, Nowack Motorsports has prepared a special edition BMW M5 as a farewell celebration for the naturally aspirated V10 model. Called the BMW M5 Hans Nowack Edition, this special edition is a tribute from Oliver Nowack to his father Hans, creator of world famed race and road engines and one of the inventors of what is nowadays called ECU-Tuning.
The car is equipped with two Nowack Motorsports bespoke intake air collectors and, of course, some good ol’ Nowack ECU. This propels the Nowack Motors N635S 5.8 Hans Nowack Edition found in the BMW from 507 hp to an amazing 718 hp.
We wish we could say that this engine was all the BMW M5 needs, but we could go for a nice, new little spoiler here and some side skirts there. Maybe something along the lines of the BMW X6 M that Nowack took a crack at back in March? Of course, if they are not going to add any other fancy schmancy components, any tuning firms out there ready to take a bite at this edition?
In a recent interview with the German magazine, Auto News, Dr. Kay Segler, BMW M GmbH’s Managing Director, confirmed the long rumored 1-Series M. He said the car will go on sale in the second quarter of 2011. Of course every one knew about the existence of the car, but it is the very first time a BMW representative officially confirms it. And the fact that it came from the head honcho of BMW M sends this rumor into fact city.
Segler also said that the car will not be called the M1 - that will remain a name reserved in history by the original M1 that debuted thirty years ago. He did not reveal the name of the car, but he did said it will be built in limited numbers. The 1-series M will probably follow along the engine lines of the 135i producing 306hp.
From what we know of the BMW M1 it will also feature a central duct, brake air ducts, an additional two ducts on the bonnet, two air intakes on the front wings for a typical M look, and the bar that incorporates the side indicator light. It will also have widened fenders, integrated duckbill trunk spoiler, upgraded M wheels, and large brakes with cross-drilled rotors.
Next, Dr. Kay Segler said that the 2011 M5 will be powered by the same V8 engine used in the X5 and X6 M, but tweaked to deliver between 585-600HP. Since this is the same engine we thought the BMW M5 would have, we can estimate that it will sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155mph or 188 mph with the optional M Drivers Package. BMW M’s goal with this car is a "Two Cars in One": a daily driving car that could be transformed into a racetrack beast with just the touch of a button.
Hopefully, we will be able to see these two vehicles very soon. We expect the BMW M5 first, possibly at the Paris Motor Show. The 1-series M should make its appearance sometime early next year.
The Nurburgring has hosted more than its fair share of testing runs from car brands looking to break in their new models so it really wasn’t the least bit surprising to us that BMW’s test track session of the new 2011 M5 happened at the - you guessed it - Green Hell.
While testing sessions are mostly done to gauge how far the car’s performance has come since it was first penned, we couldn’t help, but feel a little optimistic at how the new M5 looks. Sure, there’s still a bit of camouflage on the car but with less and less of it appearing by the day, we’re finally getting a good look at the new M5, which, if you’re curious to know, has our approval.
As far as the car’s performance numbers are concerned, everything is as what we’ve mentioned before, including the 4.4 liter-twin-turbo V8 from the X5 M and the X6 M with an outut of 570 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.2 seconds.
The car is expected to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show later this year with sales set to begin sometime in 2011.
The BMW M5 has been around since 1984 when it was introduced at the Amsterdam Motor Show. At the time it was introduced, the original M5 was the fastest sedan in production. It has seen many modifications since those days, but one thing is for sure; the M5 continues to see more power each time. BMW is currently preparing the most powerful M5 ever brought to the market. The new sports sedan will be launched at the Paris Motor Show (next to the new X3) in October and will go on sale early in 2011.
Gone are the days when BMW used the V10 S85 engine as was done with the BMW E60 M5. The new 2011 M5 will be powered by the same turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine used in the X5 M, but tuned to deliver an impressive 572bhp and 650 NM of torque. An impressive jump from the 500bhp of the previous model. It will sprint from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 155mph or 188 mph with the optional M Drivers Package.
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.
A member of the 5post Forums developed the most realistic images of the future BMW M5 saloon set to be revealed in 2011. The next M5 will be powered by the same twin turbocharged V8 that can be found under the hood of the X6 M and will be mated to a seven speed dual clutch transmission. But because it is one of the German automaker’s halo cars, the engine will be tweaked to deliver a total of 570 HP and over 500 lb-ft of torque.
Nice work, lets just hope the final product will look just like this!