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. Sin Sin ce 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.

Press release after the jump.

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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.

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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?

Press release after the jump.

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 the2011 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.

Source: 1addicts

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.

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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.

Source: AutoExpress

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!

Source: 5post

There aren’t a lot of things in this world that’s more exciting for a car enthusiast than getting a police escort because it means that you can probably break whatever speeding limit it is in that area if you’re following a police escort. So if those guys want to push the pedal to the metal and run at speeds in excess of 100 mph, you wouldn’t want to get left behind now, would you?

In this video, we have Team Polizei, which is led by rally race car driver Alex Roy, being given a police escort during the 2005 Gumball 3000. While the police escort was rolling at break neck speeds, dodging other cars and a few bewildered pedestrians along the way, Team Polizei’s BMW M5 had absolutely no trouble keeping up.

If you could run at this speed and even have a police escort lead you the whole way, then you’d be ridiculously thrilled too.

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The German automaker BMW has quite a bit in store for the upcoming model year, from the Z4 hard top roadster to the 335is that squeezes into the range right below the factory tuned track day special M3 , there is even an all new set of twin scroll turbochargers bolted to the 3.0 Liter straight six that will spool up faster offering even more power off the line as well as improved efficiency. However one member of the Bavarian lineup that the luxury automaker is keeping a bit tight lipped about is the upcoming M5 .

With the current trend favoring fuel economy over sheer horse power, automakers around the world are downsizing their engine lineups in order to meet stringent efficiency regulations and that means that the current 500 HP V10 found under the hood of the high performance four door is more than likely to go the way of the dinosaurs. BMW states that “a new M5 Sedan based on the upcoming 6th generation 5 Series is planned but not ready to be unveiled yet,” this means that BMW either has something big in the works or they don’t want to rain on the all new 5 Series GT ’s parade.

Continued with press release after the jump.

Source: EGM Cartech

The American tuner Dinan has become known as the premier BMW tuning shop here in the U.S. They have built a reputation for high horsepower reliability with a lineup of supercharger applications for a host of BMWs, however over the past few years, Dinan has been having a go at building high output race engines for Daytona Prototype race cars that compete in the Rolex Grand Am series of endurance events. Their latest work of art in motion is the Dinan S3 kit for both the BMW M5 and M6 that includes both exterior and engine upgrades.

Dinan's S3 stroker kit gives the BMW M5 and M6 628 race proven horsepower

Using what they have leaned on the race track, Dinan increased the high revving power plant’s displacement from an even 5.0 Liters all the way up to 5.7 Liters. With the help of a reprogrammed ECU Dinan is able to extract an amazing 628 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque from the reworked V10. The result is a full size premium sorts car that will rip from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.8 seconds. Dinan is also offering a free flowing exhaust to handle the added spent gasses, a shorter 3.91:1 limited slip differential for enhanced acceleration and even power distribution across the rear axle as well as Stage 3 suspension setup to keep the plus sized Bimmer planted and a Dinan/Brembo big brake conversion behind a set of 19 inch lightweight Dinan alloys to ensure that the M will both stop and look as good as it goes.

Video after the jump.

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