BMW M5

BMW M5

BMW’s M5 is rumored to get a healthy boost in power while the rest of the 5-Series lineup gets some additional features both inside and out. That’s according to the German website Autobild, which reports the changes will come with the next generation of BMW’s full-size sedans .

Leading the headlines is a rumored 626-horsepower M5 that will feature all-wheel-drive. Not much is know on how BMW plans on producing that power, but it’s a possibility the automaker will still use the same twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8. Currently that engine produces 560 horsepower, so adding an extra 66 horsepower shouldn’t be an impossible task.

The next-gen 5 Series lineup is said to also roughly 100 pounds lighter, thanks to extensive use of aluminum in place of steel. Despite the added lightness, the Bimmer will feature more premium interior materials. The iDrive controller will be revised to use smaller turn/push knob and its voice recognition software will be easier to use. The car’s automated driving features are also set for an extensive update, making fully automated driving a closer reality.

A plug-in hybrid is also set for release. Its 109-horsepower electric motor will work in conjunction with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, itself producing 240 horsepower. The hybrid is also rumored to have inductive charging abilities.

The remainder of the BMW 5 Series lineup will get power updates as well. The top version of the 3.0-liter I-6 will produce 354 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque; the diesel will produce 324 horsepower with a respectable 486 pound-feet of torque; and the M550xd will kick out 402 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque.

We can expect the new 5 Series to hit German roads for the 2016 model year.

Click past the jump to read about the current BMW M5

A high-performance driving school is more than a fun thing to do. It could also save your life. A great example of this is BMW’s Ice Power Training Driving Experience. For European BMW owners, you can spend a day or two flogging slightly modified M3 s around a frozen lake to learn about how to handle a car on less-than-ideal surfaces.

BMW does offer classes for lots of other things like teen drivers, high-performance track driving, and they have an M performance school too. While all those sound amazing, the video that BMW released of its ice school trips all my triggers, and pushes just about every button I have. If you have ever wondered what a BMW M3 rally car might look like, just watch the video after the jump.

I highly recommend that any owner of a high-performance vehicle like an M5 or a Porsche 911 take some sort of driving class.

After the jump you can also find out more information about the other BMW driving schools for those of you that live on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Click through for video evidence of fun and information on how to join in.

Oh, the things we see on eBay . The commerce site has and will always have some interesting items up for sale or auction. That was no more evident to us than when we happened upon a restored 1988 BMW M5 that actually looks pretty good given its age. According to the seller, this particular M5 has been restored to serve as a nice "daily driver," the kind that can take you from point A to point B in style and without any mechanical problems. Given that its essentially a 26-year old car, such ringing promises are good to hear.

More impressive in this case is the car’s reported forays in the drag strip back in its day. It can supposedly run a quarter-mile in 13 seconds, no small feat for any sports car by today’s standards.

But you’re not getting just any M5 either, as it was also given a series of upgrades. These upgrades include the installation of a new throwout bearing and new transmission output shaft and shifter seals. The best of the updates is a hot new engine that not only adds some extra firepower, but also had just 17,000 miles on it when the owner dropped it into the car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1988 BMW M5.

Source: eBay

With so many new models challenging its place atop the midsize luxury segment, the BMW M5 probably needs an upgrade more than any other model in the BMW lineup. Not that it’s any of the car’s fault; but with the arrival of cars like the Cadillac CTS Sedan and the Jaguar XF-R , the M5 needs its own shot in the arm to remain relevant.

As it turns out, BMW M GmbH President Friedrich Nitschke has a few plans on how to accomplish that. Talking to Auto Motor und Sport, Nitschke revealed that the next-generation M5 will receive a host of new changes, including the adoption of an all-wheel-drive system that will allow the M5 to be as balanced as some of its current competitors.

Another likely change to the next-generation M5 would be to make the car much lighter than its current configuration, possibly losing as much as 180 pounds in the process. The entire objective, it seems, is to give the M5 a more performance-oriented character that the current generation seems to lack, at least in the eyes of BMW.

Nitschke stopped short of officially confirming these changes for the next-generation M5, but the mere indication of wholesale changes to one of the most popular models of BMW’s M division seems to suggest that BMW is prepared to show the world that the M5 is far from a finished model.

Note: Current BMW M5 pictured here.

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

Source: AMS

Shown for the very first time at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1984 and introduced for the 1985 model year, the BMW M5 quickly made a name for itself in the midsize sedan market for blending excellent performance with luxury and an attractive design. Exactly 30 years have passed since the first-generation model was unveiled and the German manufacturer is rolling out an anniversary model to celebrate the nameplate’s long-standing success.

Suggestively dubbed 30th Anniversary M5 , the limited edition model gained subtle exterior and interior updates plus a significant power update under the hood.

This festive Bimmer is not only faster than the M5 fitted with the Competition Package , but it’s also the fastest road-going BMW ever built. The bad news, however, is that only 30 units of the total 300 will reach U.S. soil before being sold through a rather complicated process.

As per BMW , those looking to purchase one of these vehicles will need to keep an eye out on the company’s Instagram channel, where a phone number for the reservation hotline will be gradually unveiled between May 17-21. Once the number is complete, 29 units of the 30th Anniversary M5 will become available for booking, with the final example to remain with BMW of North America and sold at a later date.

In addition to buying a limited edition sedan, the lucky buyers will also be invited to a one-day M Driving School at a private motorsports facility in Palm Springs, California.

Updated 09/04/2014: BMW unveiled a promo video (above) for its new M5 "30 Years of M5" Limited Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 30th Anniversary BMW M5.

As we’ve previously mentioned earlier this year, BMW is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its M5 sedan in 2014 and the year-long party will also see the launch of special edition model.

We already knew some of the details surrounding the 30th Anniversary M5 , including that it will be limited to only 300 units and wear a few exclusive features, but we had no idea it will become the most powerful M5 ever built.

Yes, folks, that’s no mistake! The 30th Anniversary M5 will pack more horsepower than the M5 Competition Package, which is rated at 575 horses and 513 pound-feet of torque. Specifically, this festive Bimmer will have its 4.4-liter V-8 engine tuned to deliver 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque - 40 horses more than the regular M5.

Naturally, the anniversary sedan will be fitted with everything that comes with the Competition Package , but will also receive a number of amenities that will make it appear unique inside and out, including a Frozen Dark Silver Metallic exterior via BMW Individual and a full leather Merino/Alcantara cabin with Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, console, armrest and door handles.

To further enhance its special purpose in the M5 lineup, the 30th Anniversary model, BMW will also add special "30 Year" badges and an exclusive set of 20-inch, bi-color wheels. Speaking of exclusivity, this specific sedan will only be sold with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Production of the 30th Anniversary M5 Edition is expected to commence in July, while the grand unveiling is supposed to take place at the BMW M Festival at the Nürburgring track next month.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M5 Competition Package - currently the most powerful M5.

Source: m5post

Holden is considered somewhat of an exotic brand, mostly because its vehicles aren’t made available in Europe or the United States. Save for a few exceptions, such as the VE Commodore -based Pontiac G8 and Chevy SS , Holdens mainly remained on Australian soil and a few surrounding countries.

And that has caused some frustration with U.S. enthusiasts, especially among those that were hoping for General Motors to revive the Chevy El Camino by importing the Holden Ute . That didn’t happen, but GM eventually brought the Commodore Stateside last year as the Chevrolet SS .

The Detroit giant also imported the Australian sedan to the United Kingdom for its Vauxhall brand, but, unlike North America, the Brits got the angrier, HSV -prepped version of the Commodore. Sold under the VXR8 GTS name, the high-performance sedan is being marketed as a competitor for the more popular BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG .

And judging by the numbers, the Vauxhall is an impressive machine, with 577 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque coming out of a supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine. That’s more than what the BMW M5 Competition Package gets under the hood, but is it enough for the rebadged Holden to take on one of Germany’s finest sedan ?

The folks over at Autocar embarked on a mission to find out and put both vehicles through handling and rolling start drag race tests with Steve Sutcliffe behind the wheel. Who won? Well, you’ll just have to hit the play button to find out.

The BMW M5 is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and as you can expect, the German automaker is pulling out all the stops to make the car’s anniversary a memorable one. As arguably the most popular model to come out of BMW’s M division , the M5 has been lauded over the years for expertly combining all the luxury traits of BMW with the kind of spitfire performance that can go toe-to-toe with a lot of other high-powered performance sedans in the business.

The fact that the M5 has been around this long clearly shows just how popular the model has become since it first made its debut in 1984 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. The company actually has a special edition 30th Anniversary Edition M5 lined up just to show how much the model has meant to a whole lot of people over the years.

On top of that, BMW also produced this cool video as another birthday present to the M5 . The tag line "30 years of sheer driving pleasure" pretty much says it all, although if you ask fans of the M5, a lot of them will probably tell you that 30 years isn’t enough to justifiably celebrate what the M5 has meant to them.

And in case you’ve forgotten, the current generation M5 is still a hellacious screamer, capable of hitting a top speed of 190 mph thanks to its 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of twist.

Happy 30 years, BMW M5, and here’s to more years of awesomeness down the road!

Hit the jump for a quick rundown on the M5’s history

It’s Thursday, which means it is time once again for the TopSpeed.com Podcast ! In this week’s Weekly Wheels, I drove the 2014 Toyota Tacoma , Mark talks about the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and Justin brings us tales of his week with the 2014 Kia Cadenza .

Honda Civic Type R Concept

After that we head straight into the news starting with the big Formula One race from Austalia that happened on Sunday, in which I get to have a moment of confusion and silliness as I forget Lewis Hamilton’s name. We also touch on the disqualification of Red Bull’s Daniel Riccardo. We spend some time talking about Porsche’s new GTS model Cayman and Boxster followed by a quick look at the flambé edition 911 GT3. The Honda Civic Type R and the M5 Competition Package also make an appearance in our show.

We finish our show by covering some of the questions and comments all of you lovely listeners gave us from last week’s show. We all hope you enjoy the show and we apologize for any quality issues on this cast. We are bringing in some new equipment to provide an even better podcast than we are now, and there are still one or two bugs to iron out.

As always, thank you for listening and feel free to let us know how we are doing in the comments below. You can also reach us by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

Click play to listen now. See you next week.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

Weekly Wheels: Toyota Tacoma, Kia Cadenza, Hyundai Santa Fe

The revised 2014 BMW M5 comes with just small updates on the exterior and the interior, but it offers one of the greatest addition of the past few years: a new Competition Package that adds an extra 15 horsepower under the hood.

Next to the extra power the M5 equipped with the Competition Package is offering an extensively tuned chassis set-up. It gets new coil springs and damper calibrations and stiffened anti-sway bars that have lowered the car’s ride by 10 mm (0.39 inches). Thank to these updates the car’s cornering dynamics and tractability have been improved, and the 0 to 60 mph sprint time was reduced by 0.1 seconds.

The package is also offering unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, a sport exhaust system featuring M quad tailpipes finished in Black Chrome and re-mapped M Dynamic Mode (MDM) of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).

The new BMW M5 Competition Package will go on sale on the U.S. market in August 2013. The package will add another $7,300 to the M5’s starting price of $90,900.

Updated 03/18/2014: BMW finally unchained the new M5 Competition Package in a video that shows the car’s breathtaking power and precision. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M5 and to see a video of the M5 Competition Package in action on the Nürburgring


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