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Classic M5 stealth look!

AWD brings significant performance increase; still slower than AMG E63 S

The new-generation 5 Series arrived for the 2017 model year, replacing the seven-year-old and rather successful F10 model. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new sedan also lost some weight and gained new engines, including four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V-8 mills. Now up to 137 pounds lighter, it’s quicker, more dynamic, and returns improved fuel economy. It also features state-of-the-art tech that brings it in line with the latest Mercedes-AMG E-Class. As usual, a high-performance M5 version is set to follow, and BMW just introduced it to the world with loads of new tech and an upgraded V-8 engine.

Arguably the most intriguing fact about the new M5 is that gained all-wheel-drive. The rumor has been circulating for quite a few years, and BMW has confirmed that xDrive will be offered as an option (but standard in the United States). The move is far from surprising, as both Audi and Mercedes-Benz have adopted all-wheel-drive for most of their performance cars. So basically BMW is bringing the M5 in line with its main U.S. rivals, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the Audi RS7. The new sedan will go on sale starting September 2017, with deliveries set to commence in the spring of 2018.

Updated 09/19/2017: The new M5 was one of the many cars BMW displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Check our gallery to see how amazing the car looked on the show’s floor.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW M5.

 

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Doug DeMuro's Review of this E34 BMW M5 Will Hit You With Some 90s Nostalgia

Doug DeMuro’s Review of this E34 BMW M5 Will Hit You With Some 90s Nostalgia

It’s easy to forget about such a performance gem

With single-turbo or twin-turbo engines so popular today in BMW’s stable, it’s easy to overlook the fact that back in the late 1980s-early 1990s, the Bavarians built a performance sedan that had some BMW M1 DNA baked in under the hood. That performance sedan was the E34 M5, which happens to get the DeMuro treatment - and a Doug score, of course.

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The 2024 BMW M5 Could Essentially be a Hypercar in a Luxury Car Body

The 2024 BMW M5 Could Essentially be a Hypercar in a Luxury Car Body

A New Report Says that the Next-Gen BMW M5 Will Offer As Much as 1,000 Horsepower

The current-generation BMW M5 has been on the market since 2017, and the mid-cycle facelift from 2020 guarantees that we will find it in showrooms for another two to three years.

But the German carmaker is already working on the next-generation model, and it seems that it will be more radical than we think. Rumors suggest that the M5 nameplate will include both plug-in hybrid and electric versions, and a new report claims that BMW is also working on an extreme variant with around 1,000 horsepower. Yes, that’s not a typo, the next-generation M5 could be a four-door hypercar.

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Cool Car for Sale: 2001 BMW M5 E39 Titanium Silver Metallic

Cool Car for Sale: 2001 BMW M5 E39 Titanium Silver Metallic

It comes with a V-8 engine, manual transmission, and is one of most immaculate classic BMW M5s we’ve seen in a long time

BMW E39 is widely considered as the best BMW 5 Series ever built. The automaker produced it from 1998 to 2003. It isn’t just about the classic looks, but also the fact that it came through in a transition period wherein companies were adopting a lot of tech features. So, this was one of the last BMWs to have the mechanical-feel to it and arguably the best driver’s car that BMW has offered to date.

If you scout the pre-owned market for the E39, you’ll figure out that the model is getting harder to find with every passing year. But, here is one pristine example of 2001 BMW M5 E39 with a modest mileage in the Netherlands. Drool-worthy, isn’t it?

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Is the 2020 BMW M5 Competition Really Better Than the Jaguar Project 8?

Is the 2020 BMW M5 Competition Really Better Than the Jaguar Project 8?

It depends on what you want in both cars

The BMW M5 Competition is arguably the best car the German automaker has on the road these days. It checks all the boxes you’d want in a prized super saloon. Refinement? Check. Class and sophistication? Check. Power and performance? Check. If you want something from a car, the M5 Competition probably has it in spades. Knowing all of that, is it possible that the M5 Competition is too good of a car that when you line it up opposite, say, a Jaguar Project 8, you’d enjoy the much-less refined special project Jag more than the BMW saloon? Veteran auto scribe Harry Metcalf sought to find an answer to that question, and he did so the only way he knows why: driving both cars and seeing which of the two is the better car.

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There Are Heaps of New M Performance Parts For Your 2020 BMW 5 Series

There Are Heaps of New M Performance Parts For Your 2020 BMW 5 Series

Now You Can Make Your BMW 5 Series Look Like an M5

Do you want your BMW 5 Series to look mean but you can’t afford the M5? Or you simply don’t like the M5 that much and you want to customize your own 5 Series? Well, BMW has you covered with a new lineup of M Performance Parts for the facelifted, midsize sedan.

The four-year-old G30-generation 5 Series was revised for its mid-cycle facelift in 2020, but the upgrade didn’t change all that much on the outside. However, BMW now offers more M Performance Parts than ever that cover the exterior, the cabin, and the drivetrain department. These Performance Parts aren’t only for the 5 Series though, they also work with the beefed-up M5 and M5 Competition models.

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The 2021 BMW M5 CS Will See A Serious Power Increase, But You Might Not Like the Price

The 2021 BMW M5 CS Will See A Serious Power Increase, But You Might Not Like the Price

This is what you need to know about the 2021 BMW M5 CS - including a potentially excessive price

BMW is said to be working on a go-fast sedan that would slot above the M5 Competition. An exact debut date is hard to pinpoint at this stage, but BMW could make a move and unveil the so-called M5 CS by the end of 2020.

Anyway, details remain scarce for the time being, however, a recent report by BMW Blog reveals some interesting traits of the incoming M5 CS.

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The 2021 BMW M5 Looks Like a Sleeper And Packs a Solid Punch

The 2021 BMW M5 Looks Like a Sleeper And Packs a Solid Punch

The 2021 BMW M5 debuts with new looks and tech to go with the same V-8 engine

Back in May 2020, BMW unveiled the mid-cycle facelift for its midsize sedan, the 5 Series. Just one month later, the German firm introduced the same update for the high-performance M5 model. The facelift adds a revised exterior, some new tech, and upholstery choices inside the cabin, but the drivetrain remains unchanged. Let’s find out more about it below.

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The 2024 BMW M5 Will Be Proof That Electric M Models Are Possible or Will It?

The 2024 BMW M5 Will Be Proof That Electric M Models Are Possible or Will It?

Will enthusiasts accept an all-electric BMW M5? We’re going to find out in 2024!

BMW’s first run in electrification didn’t yield good results. The ‘i’ series didn’t succeed the way BMW would’ve wanted it to and instead of making a mark as one of the early adopters of electrification, it is now remembered for being not very successful. However, the company is working hard on it and the two upcoming products – the i4 and the iNEXT – look promising.

To keep the momentum going, BMW has taken a bold step. According to U.K.’s Car Magazine, the next-gen “G60” M5, set to debut in 2023, will most likely be the first M vehicle to be electrified. The car will also churn out four-digit horsepower figures!

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2020 BMW M5 Hurricane RS by G-Power

2020 BMW M5 Hurricane RS by G-Power

German tuner gives current-generation M5 some serious grunt

With a 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 engine producing 591 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, the BMW F90 M5 packs a mean punch. The performance sedan is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. It’s also capable of maxing out at 155 mph, though if you take the limiter off, the M5 can blitz its way to a top speed of 186 mph. All these numbers paint a clear picture of the M5’s performance capabilities, and, at least on the surface, the numbers are impressive. Then again, the F90 M5 is still teeming with untapped potential, and when there’s room for improvement, a tuner like G-Power is there to answer the bell. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the orange metallic body wrap-wearing BMW F90 M5 Hurricane RS by G-Power, and it is a monster in every sense of the word.

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10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000

10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000

There are excellent examples out there, provided you are okay with buying pre-owned cars

There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.

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Hear a Bunch of Twin-Turbo V-8s Flex Their Muscles

Hear a Bunch of Twin-Turbo V-8s Flex Their Muscles

This drag race could very well be a celebration of the German V-8

In a world where downsizing used to be shoved down our throats as a better alternative to higher displacement, the V-8 engine has managed to somehow survive but it is only doing so in the stratospheric blankets of the car realm.

Carwow’s most recent drag race manages to bring together a quartet of V-8-powered monsters: you’ve got the Audi RS6, the BMW M5, the Mercedes-AMG E63, and of course, the Porsche Panamera. Interestingly enough, these are not your go-to supercars but mere luxury cars that can deliver both on performance and practicality, when required. So, how do they fare in a drag race, then?

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2021 BMW M5

2021 BMW M5

The BMW M5 is up for a facelift, but will there be any significant changes?

The BMW 5 Series is in line for a mid-cycle refresh and it won’t be long before it comes to full effect. What’s more, the revamp will also affect the M5 performance sedan, as our spy photographers have spotted a heavy-camo’ed facelifted BMW M5 mule out on the open road.

BMW is tight-lipped about the revised M5 (as it is about the 5 Series as a whole) but the test prototype displays a couple of interesting changes that touch on the front and rear light clusters and bumpers. There’s no word on power upgrades yet, but let’s take a better look at what the revamped M5 might have in store for us.

Update 2/21/20200: The 2021 BMW M5 was just spotted doing some cold-weather testing and it’s starting to come together nicely. Check out the new spy shots and what we’ve learned in our “Spy Shots” section below!

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BMW Fan Boys Will Love This M5 vs M8 Drag Race

BMW Fan Boys Will Love This M5 vs M8 Drag Race

It’s so hard to pick a favorite here

It’s safe to say that BMW’s current car lineup isn’t short of performance-oriented options. Of course, in this case, we’re looking at two of Munich’s heavy hitters, going by the name of BMW M5 Competition and BMW M8 Competition.

Both cars are responses to the competition, especially the one coming from Affalterbach: the M5 is BMW M’s response to the Mercedes-AMG E 63, while the M8 comes to do battle against the Mercedes-AMG S 63. But what if the two Bavarians fought against each other?

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Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown

Between Godzilla and the BMW M5, This is One Action-Packed Head-to-Head Showdown

These are two performance cars that you’d want in your garage

The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R are two cars that you don’t want to race against. Racing them against each other, though, is an entirely different story. You can argue that the M5 and the GT-R are two of the best performance cars on the market, and when there’s an opportunity to see which of these two savants has the performance edge over the other, you take that opportunity and you run away with it.

That’s exactly what Bulgaria-based YouTube channel DizzyRiders did when it put the M5 against Godzilla in a series of head-to-head races. Which of the two reigned supreme? We won’t divulge the results here, but you should know that both the M5 and GT-R showed out.

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The Future of the BMW M3, M4, M5 and 1 Series Have Been Called Into Question

The Future of the BMW M3, M4, M5 and 1 Series Have Been Called Into Question

There are certain things BMW M won’t do – this is the list

M brand wouldn’t be so special. Likewise, BMW M can’t do the same thing to every single car, or it can have negative effects on the lineup as well, in one way or another. That is why there won’t be a BMW M1 beyond the M135i or a manual M5.

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BMW is Working on a New V-8, But What Could It Be For?

BMW is Working on a New V-8, But What Could It Be For?

In changing circumstances of the car market that more and more transitions toward the alternative propulsion methods, it is a bit of a curiosity to see a major manufacturer develop a new V-8 engine. Well, that is precisely what is happening behind the closed doors in the BMW Munich headquarters. There, scientists and engineers work tirelessly to develop a new breed of the V-8 engine. Its name is the S68 (a „logical“ continuation after the current S63), and it will, according to the rumors, keep the „hot vee“ design. This basically means that two turbochargers will remain seated in between the cylinder banks. Something that BMW did first with the N63 in 2008.

I hope, however, that BMW will correct its „oversight“ concerning oil cumulation under those turbochargers, and in between the cylinder banks. I am sure almost every N63, and S63 owner knows what I am talking about.

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Someone Seriously Has Some Crazy McLaren F1-Powered E34 BMW M5 Wagon

Someone Seriously Has Some Crazy McLaren F1-Powered E34 BMW M5 Wagon

The car for when the kids are really, really late for school

Look at the E34-generation BMW M5 in station wagon form. Does it look like a 311 horsepower family hauler? Yes, the wheels are bigger but, otherwise, it looks like any other 5 Series at the same time. While this is a stark contrast compared to modern-day M5s, what makes the M5 we’ll talk about today truly unique is the fact that it actually packs the magnificent Paul Rosche-designed S70/2 6.1-liter V-12 designed by BMW for use by McLaren in Gordon Murray’s F1 supercar. We’ll spare a few seconds before you move on so you can get rid of all the drool.

The E34 M5 was built between 1988 and 1995, and it was the second-generation 5 Series to receive the full-blown M treatment after the sleek and stylish E28. The E34 was decidedly more boxy and less shark-looking than its predecessor, but it also packed a bigger punch. In North America, it came equipped with the S38B36 3.5-liter inline-six throughout its lifetime although folks back in Europe got to try out the 3.8-liter S38B38 from 1991 onwards that came with 24 extra ponies.

Still, the E34 was very fast even with the 3.6-liter unit as it allowed for a 0-60 mph time of just 6.3 seconds. This is impressive considering a standard 530i equipped with the 3.0-liter, DOHC, V-8 (good for 215 horsepower and 214 pound-feet) needed about 8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. Now, just take a moment and imagine how fast the M5 became once BMW crammed in the 618 horsepower V-12 of the F1 along with its 479 pound-feet of torque...

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Sterckenn's Carbon Fiber Aero Parts Will Style Up Your BMW

Sterckenn’s Carbon Fiber Aero Parts Will Style Up Your BMW

They’re available for the M5, M2 Competition, and 5 Series

Getting the right mix when it comes to tuning your car shouldn’t be regarded superficially. We mean, there are, and there will be a lot of bad examples of tuning exercises that rather destroy a car’s general appearance instead of boosting it, so you really don’t want to be that guy. Luckily, with companies such as Europe-based Sterckenn, pimping out your ride doesn’t have to turn into a full-on ricer job. In fact, their aero parts are so discrete that the rest of the car will stand out once you’ve fitted them in.

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The 2019 BMW M5 Competition Is More Powerful Than BMW Says, But How Powerful is it, Really?

The 2019 BMW M5 Competition Is More Powerful Than BMW Says, But How Powerful is it, Really?

Quite a discrepancy it is

When BMW announced the 2019 M5 Competition, it also announced that the M5 was finally faster than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. With a 4.4-liter V-8, the 2019 M5 Competition has an “official” output of 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque at the crank. For those of you that don’t know, that figure is actually different from the power that makes it to the wheels because there isn’t a driveline out there that doesn’t have at least some loss from crank to the wheels. Most modern lock-up torque converters, for example, lose 10-percent just because of the nature of hydraulic coupling and natural slip. Even without a torque converter, horsepower and torque can be lost through the rest of the driveline as well – remember the engine’s crank spins on one axis while the tires spin on the other.

But, I digress.

The point is that BMW is known for historically understating power output but the question of how much has been a topic for debate. Now, it turns out that the 2019 BMW M5 Competition has been put to the test and it fares much better than BMW lets on. How much better? Well, keep reading to find out.

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Should You Buy a Cheap 2005 - 2010 BMW M5 E60?

Should You Buy a Cheap 2005 - 2010 BMW M5 E60?

Many advise against it, but it’s aged so well it might be worth the risk

BMW took a lot of flak when it revealed the E60 5-Series, designed by Chris Bangle. Back then the car was seen as a bit ugly with a fat looking rear end, and opinions on how it looked didn’t get better once the fire-breathing M5 was launched back in 2005.

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2018 BMW M5 Touring F11 By Carbonfiber Dynamics

2018 BMW M5 Touring F11 By Carbonfiber Dynamics

The BMW M5 Touring We Wanted - It’s Here With 900 Horsepower

I’ve wondered for long - what the heck is a sleeper? Can any of the modern performance-laden cars be sleepers? I think it’s possible, but only if you inject it with a proper amount of power. This time I am referring to a rather unusual entry in the world of modified cars - the Carbonfiber Dynamics BMW M5 Estate - an Estate with a power greater than that of a Porsche 918 Spyder. Yup, this BMW M5 Estate has an engine under its bonnet with 900 horsepower.

The Germans! What can I say!?

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Watch a Brave Soul Max Out the F90 BMW M5 Competition on the Autobahn

Watch a Brave Soul Max Out the F90 BMW M5 Competition on the Autobahn

How does 192 mph suit ‘ya?

If you’re the kind of person who dreams of taking their tuned-up Bavarian ground-bound rocket to the very limit, then we’ve got just the video for you. Shot on the German autobahn, what we have here is one particularly intrepid soul going for broke in his range-topping BMW M5 Competition, maxing out at an impressive 309 km/h (192 mph)!

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2020 BMW M5 CS

2020 BMW M5 CS

BMW could be testing a hardcore CS version of the hot M5 sedan, and we have the spy photos to prove it. The white prototype caught testing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife is believed to be it since we can spot several things it has over a regular M5.

It is probably based on the enhanced M5 Competition that’s already on sale but is believed to be even more extreme than that. We think this is the CS because its modifications resembled those BMW made for the M3 and M4 CS.

It could even offer a small power hike over the M5 Competition, on top of the other performance enhancing modifications.

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Tuner squeezes extra power and torque from BMW M550d xDrive

Tuner squeezes extra power and torque from BMW M550d xDrive

It already had plenty of both, but more is better, right?

When driving the latest BMW M550d xDrive you don’t really feel that what it needs is extra power and torque, but that has never stopped tuners from turning things up to eleven. German tuner mcchip-dkr has unlocked more of everything from the quad-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, and it now offers two stages of power.

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2018 BMW M5 by G-Power

2018 BMW M5 by G-Power

German tuner packs three stages worth of power for Bimmer’s mid-sized luxury sedan

BMW tuner extraordinaire G-Power has a new tuning upgrade for the BMW M5, and it’s packing three stages worth of power upgrades. The new program is dedicated to the current-generation M5 F90, and in addition to the extensive modifications to the M5’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine, the tuning kit also includes a number of aerodynamic changes to go with a new set of wheels.

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Watch a BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and a Porsche Panamera Turbo S Duke it Out!

Watch a BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and a Porsche Panamera Turbo S Duke it Out!

What better sight than watching three Germans in a conventional drag race! In this video, we see Matt Prior of Autocar, give a brief about all the three vehicles – the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Mercedes AMG E63 S, and the BMW M5. Undoubtedly, these are competent vehicles individually, but where do they stand when pitted against each other?

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2018 BMW MH5 by Manhart

2018 BMW MH5 by Manhart

The Charger Hellcat is mad? Please! Greet The Mind-Boggling BMW M5 Manhart MH5 with 700+ horsepower

I remember the year 1999 really well. Not only because we were about to greet the new Millennium, face the apocalypse, the aliens, or even God, but because I saw a car.

No, I am sorry - I saw THE CAR.

It was the BMW 540i E39 - all black, low, with big wheels (probably 18 inches which was enormous back then,) tinted windows, and two exhausts. It had a commanding presence no other car I saw before had. I was captivated on so many levels that I pretty much devoted my working life to cars. To quote Morgan Freeman "It Was At This Moment He [I] Knew He [I] ****ed Up.” It was the BMW 540i E39 that made me a gearhead. Now, three generations later, I am still into the 5 Series. I am still in love with BMW but now I want to get behind the wheel of this one - the Manhart MH5 - a seriously well-executed tuneup of the current BMW M5 F90.

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The BMW M5 Will Star in the Mission: Impossible - Fallout

The BMW M5 Will Star in the Mission: Impossible - Fallout

The German automaker is once again involved heavily in the production of the M:I franchise

BMW will once again take center stage in the new Mission: Impossible movie as the new M5 is set to play a prominent role in the sixth installment of the Tom Cruise spy-movie franchise. Thanks to a new trailer released today by Bimmer, we now know that the new M5 will have its work cut out for it. Footage from the trailer revealed that the mid-size sedan will be used in a number of stunts, including being driven by Simon Pegg’s character, Benji, autonomously through what looks to be a futuristic tablet.

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2019 BMW M5 Competition Package

2019 BMW M5 Competition Package

The M5 is finally quicker than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S

Introduced in 1972, the BMW 5 Series didn’t receive its first M package until 1985. That’s 13 long years! But the M5 has been offered ever since and it’s now considered one of the most iconic performance sedan on the market. Starting 2014, BMW began offering the Competition Package, an update that increased output and made the sedan a tad quicker from 0 to 60 mph. The previous M5 Competition Package had almost 600 horsepower, but the new M5 is just as powerful without the upgrade. Come 2018 and BMW launched a new Competition Package model.

Much like its predecessor, the Competition Package adds new features inside and out and inject a bit more power under the hood. The upgrade is far from overwhelming, but it gives customers access to a slightly more aggressive exterior and enhanced performance that takes the M5 closer to the bonkers Mercedes-AMG E63 S. For the first time ever, the M5 is quicker than the most powerful version of the E-Class, despite offering significantly less torque. Let’s find out more about the new features and the uprated engine in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M5 Competition Package.

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Pops' Rants: The BMW M5 Competition Package Is a Useless Abomination

Pops’ Rants: The BMW M5 Competition Package Is a Useless Abomination

Stop buying powerful but extremely heavy sedans!

The BMW M5 is an abomination. There, I finally said it. If you’re a diehard fan, you can now have an aneurysm, take a deep breath, and continue reading. Or you can yell "you know nothing" and go complain on your crappy BMW forums. Because that’s what true BMW fans do. Either way, the M5 sucks, and I’m going to explain why because it’s way too hot outside to go for a bike ride.

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BMW M5 Competition Performance Specs and Images Leaked Before May 8th Debut

BMW M5 Competition Performance Specs and Images Leaked Before May 8th Debut

Just a little early for your pleasure

According to a user over on Bimmer Post. the BMW M5 Competition Package is set to make its global debut on May 8th. That’s great and all, but thanks to that same user, and a temporary hiccup at BMW’s Germany website, we’ve gotten our hands on some specifications and some images. As expected, the competition doesn’t change much in terms of visual appearance. It does get the usual black highlights around the grille, windows, and the black mirrors, of course. It also gets a set of Y-Spoke 789M Wheels, high-gloss black spoiler, and a blacked out rear fascia insert. Topping off the exterior is the typical black badging and the “competition” nomenclature under the M5 logo.

What’s more important, however, comes on the performance front. Power is up to 460 kW (616 horsepower,) an improvement of 19 kW (25 horsepower) over the standard model. This makes for a sprint to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.3 seconds (an improvement of 0.1 seconds) and a sprint to 200 km/h (124.2 mph) in 10.8 seconds. Top speed sits at 305 km/h or 189.51 mph with the M Driver’s Package. There’s no word as to how BMW massaged this extra power, but it likely has to do with the tuned sports exhaust (not to be confused with the full titanium exhaust) and some minor engine calibration.

Other goodies with the package include revised suspension that sits lower and is firmer when in sports or sports+ mode, door sills with backlit “competition” logos, and an M Carbon engine cover. Pricing has yet to be leaked, but in Australia, it’s said to go for $229,000 AUD before options, taxes, registration, and delivery. That doesn’t mean much to the rest of us, but the price is damn near the same as the last competition package so expect similar pricing globally. That means an estimated cost of $7,300 for the package, bringing the entry-level price to $110,000 or about $6,000 more than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S that it competes against. Stay tuned for fully confirmed details in the near future.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW M5

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW M5

Arguably the most intriguing fact about the new M5 is that gained all-wheel-drive. The rumor had been circulating for quite a few years, and BMW finally decided to offer it as standard in the United States. The move is far from surprising, as both Audi and Mercedes-Benz have adopted all-wheel-drive for most of their performance cars. So basically BMW is bringing the M5 in line with its main U.S. rivals, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the Audi RS7. Now, you can give it a nice home as a wallpaper on your desktop :)

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CarWow Pits the BMW M5 Against the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and It's Amazing

CarWow Pits the BMW M5 Against the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and It’s Amazing

The ultimate throwdown with an interesting result...

Putting the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S in close proximity to one another is like trying to put a liberal and a Republican in the same room. It can be done, but words will be said and punches thrown – in the end, someone is going home with a bruised ego and a story that will undoubtedly get tagged as fake news. Well, CarWow didn’t have any liberals or republicans to cage up, but they did have an F90 M5 and an AMG E63 S at their disposal so they did what any self-respecting car guys would do: They Raced.

It wasn’t just any race, either. We’re talking about two of the worlds finest performance cars with a thirst to prove that each is better than the other. The M5, for example, runs a 4.4-liter V-8 that’s good for 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed through an eight-speed automatic paired with an M-Tuned AWD system. In the other lane sate an AMG E63 S with a 4.0-liter V08 that’s good for 603 ponies and 627 pound-feet. It, however, has a nine-speed automatic paired with an AWD system. On paper, the Merc looks like it’ll have just a slight advantage with those three extra horses and 74 pound-feet of torque – if nothing else it can probably win a burnout contest if you switch it into drift mode.

I’m not going to break down the whole battle for you, but you might be surprised by the results. Or, you might not. It certainly is a close battle, and it might have you on the edge of your seat if this kind of thing is something you’re really into. Check it out and let us know what you think of the results in the comments section below!

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Bluetooth Hijinx Almost Costs BMW a Guinness World Record

Bluetooth Hijinx Almost Costs BMW a Guinness World Record

All’s well that end’s well

BMW has set a new Guinness world record for the “greatest distance vehicle drift in eight hours.” Danish racer Johan Schwartz took the wheel of a BMW M5, and after what literally was hours of hours of continuous drifting, Schwartz managed to drift a mind-numbing distance of 232.5 miles in the sedan, destroying the previous record of 89.55 miles that was set by German racer Harald Muller. As incredible as Schwartz’s record-breaking attempt was, it was on the verge of getting derailed by a common nuisance that almost all of us are familiar with: a malfunctioning Bluetooth.

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Video of the Day: Somebody Crammed a BMW M5 5.0-liter V-10 into a Toyota 86

Video of the Day: Somebody Crammed a BMW M5 5.0-liter V-10 into a Toyota 86

The results are as spectacular as they sound

The Toyota GT86 is not the most powerful sports car on the market. Some will even say that its lack of top-flight performance car power is its biggest drawback. As disappointing as that is, the 86 does have a few things going for it, including its ability to be easily customized. Over the years, we’ve seen tuners of all shapes and sizes work on the Toyota sports to varying degrees of success. Now, we turn our attention to Australian tuner Zoom Garage and how it was able to turn the 86 into a Time Attack conqueror with the help of an old BMW engine.

This tuning job isn’t your typical cut-and-paste cosmetic work. In giving the 86 the chops to be competitive in a Time Attack race setting, Zoom didn’t just slap on a turbocharger on the 86’s four-cylinder engine or drop an LS crate engine. It had to get creative in giving it enough power to compete in Sydney’s World Time Attack Challenge. So it turned its attention to BMW’s 5.0-liter S85 V-10 engine, the same mill that’s found in older models of the BMW M5 and M6.

Once the work of putting the S85 engine into the Toyota 86 started, Zoom faced a few challenges, including the task of trying to find the right balance in weight that wouldn’t compromise the 86’s performance abilities. The tuning shop went to work on modifying the engine, which included installing a lightweight air intake to save weight and customizing the transmission tunnel to make the engine fit into the engine bay. When everything was done, the tuner managed to cut about 25 kilos off of the engine’s weight, ensuring that it weighed just 10 kilos heavier than the 86’s original flat-four engine. Added upgrades to the fuel pump and injector, modifications with a dry sump setup, and the addition of fuel cell at the back ensured that the car achieved a 52/48 weight ratio. The result yielded positive results for Zoom Racing in more ways than one. All you need to do is watch the video and listen to the engine’s wailing noise. You don’t get that kind rip roar on the 86’s stock four-cylinder engine.

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Breaking: BMW Just Used The 2018 M5 To Break Two Guinness World Records

Breaking: BMW Just Used The 2018 M5 To Break Two Guinness World Records

A wet skid pad and some clever thinking lands BMW in the history books

You know what they say – necessity is the mother of invention. So when BMW just had to grab the Guinness World Record for longest vehicle drift in 8 hours, the Bavarian brand ran into a problem. How exactly do you keep the go juice flowing when you’re crossed up for hours on end? Recent rule changes allowed for a quick pit stop and refill, but obviously that cuts down on the time spent spinning the rears. One solution is to put in an enormous gas tank, but that brings with it its own problems, such as a ton of added weight sloshing around. Plus, as Matt Mullins, Chief Instructor at BMW Performance Center, points out, “That’s kinda boring, who wants to watch that, right?” Instead, BMW came up with a rather novel solution – the mid-drift fill-up. With a secondary car drifting in tandem with the record-seeking vehicle, plus one very brave soul leaning out the window, BMW sought to recreate military-style aerial refueling, but on the ground.

After modding the fuel system in the primary drift car and outfitting the refueling vehicle with the proper equipment, BMW was ready to go, executing a tandem drift to lock in the fuel nozzle and transfer 15 to 18 gallons in just 50 seconds before disengaging.

All told, the car in question managed to get sideways for an incredible 232.5 miles, trouncing the previous record set in 2014 by a massive 143 miles. Not only that, but the tandem refuel drifts set a second record as well, giving Bimmer another spot the history books with the longest continuous twin-vehicle drift at 49.25 miles.

Congrats BMW! And you didn’t even need to use your blinker...

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2018 BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car

2018 BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car

A brand-new support vehicle from the Bavarians

BMW M GmbH has been the partner of MotoGP organizer Dorna Sports for nearly two decades now, and is recognized as the “Official Car of MotoGP.” That means every time the top-rung motorcycle racing series needs something four-wheeled to help out on tack, Bimmer is there to provide the ride. Now, BMW has revealed a new safety car for the series, pulling the sheets at the 2017 MotorGP finale at Valencia. Based on the brand-new F90-generation M5, which was revealed earlier in 2017 at the gamescom trade fair in Germany, this spiced-up four-door is destined for duty in the 2018 MotoGP series scheduled to kick off March 19th. Rocking the same 4.4-liter V-8 as the road-going variants, this is also the first BMW Safety Car to run the M xDrive AWD drivetrain, and it’s got a good deal of M-branded Performance Parts to go with it. Read on for the details.

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Watch the BMW M550D Bounce Off the Speed Limiter

Watch the BMW M550D Bounce Off the Speed Limiter

That’s some serious speed for a diesel-powered 5er

Ever wonder what an odometer looks like if it reaches its threshold? We don’t often get to see that because it rarely happens when we’re looking at it but take a look at this video of aBMW M550xd xDrive get pushed to its performance limit. We don’t see anything other than the instrument cluster, but that’s exactly the point. Our focus is squarely on the numbers, and it shows the exact performance ability of the M55d xDrive. It’s no wonder that this car’s engine is billed as the “world’s most powerful six-cylinder engine in the automotive area.” The display even shows the odometer’s needle bouncing off the limit, a clear sign that the car can go faster if the speed limiter is removed.

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Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

The 25-year-rule has elapsed on these old school classics

“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.

The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.

The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.

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BMW M5: Old vs. New

BMW M5: Old vs. New

What changes do you spot?

2017 brought us the new BMW 5 Series, so it’s only fitting that 2018 brings us a new M5. We must have been good this year because Santa came early, and with him, he brought a whole slew of updates that include an updated V-8, loads of new technology, BMW’s xDrive AWD system as standard (optional outside the U.S.,) a lighter chassis, and better performance. Talk about some good news, right? Truth be told, the M5 dropped as much as 127 pounds, has more aggressive styling, an updated interior with the latest infotainment system, and an extra 38 ponies and 51 pound-feet over the outgoing model – that brings total output figures up to 591 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It can now hit 62 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds and 124 mph in just 11.1 seconds. Of course, top speed is still pinned at 155 mph, unless you get the M Driver’s package, which increases the top speed to 189 mph.

Now, it’s set to take on other established beasts in the market that include the Mercedes-AMG E63, the Audi RS7, and the Cadillac CTS-V – I know, it’s not German, but this thing is seriously a beast, so don’t get caught slipping because it will eat you alive. With all this in mind, we decided to throw together a little infographic for the M5 to help bring its best features and qualities to the forefront. Check it all out in our visual comparison below.

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2018 BMW M5 with M Performance Parts

2018 BMW M5 with M Performance Parts

Making the hot M5 even hotter!

Unveiled only a few months back (August 2017), the new M5 is arguably the most aggressive and technologically advance midsize sedan BMW has built to date. But this doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. And BMW used the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to showcase a range of M Performance parts that enhance the M5 inside and out, as well as under the skin. It may seem a bit ridiculous to showcase performance- and visual-enhancing parts only a couple of months into an already awesome sedan’s life, but this is how the market works nowadays. While some will be more than happy to take a stock M5 home, others will pay for a few extras and a slightly customized appearance.

The new BMW M Performance parts for the still-fresh M5 are mostly about aerodynamics and weight saving on the outside. Both are achieved through extensive use of carbon-fiber, a lightweight composite that’s more than welcomed on any BMW wearing the M badge. And with the German firm usually using carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) on its cars, this is a breath of fresh air for carbon enthusiasts. The interior also received its fair share of upgrades, while the chassis and the exhaust system have been modified to better suit the enhanced aerodynamics of the sedan. But more on that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M5 with M Performance Parts.

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BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

BMW is Keeping the Trademark Office Busy with new Designations for Future M Models

Are we in store for more lightweight, track-focused M cars from BMW?

Any BMW that wears the “CSL” badge is very much sought-after. In fact, some of the earlier versions of CSL-badged Bimmers have turned into prized collectibles. That list includes the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, 2004 BMW M3 CSL, and most recently, the BMW M2 CSL. The M2 CSL, in particular, hasn’t even been released yet. Only 1,000 units of the model are expected to be built with orders scheduled to start in January 2018 and deliveries beginning in May 2018. But, even before the M2 CSL arrives, there is major news regarding the badge and what its future is with BMW.

As it turns out, BMW is serious about protecting the CSL designation to the point that it has registered the trademarks for a whole range of CSL models with the World Intellectual Property Organization, beginning with the M1 CSL and extending all the way to the M8 CSL. There is a caveat to the trademarks as only the M2 CSL, M4 CSL, and M8 CSL have been registered internationally whereas all of the trademarks are registered in Germany. It’s anybody’s guess what this could all mean, but we can at least be sure that BMW is going to be using the CSL moniker a lot more now that it has effectively replaced the GTS badge as the company’s go-to, top-of-the-line track machine.

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2018 BMW M5

2018 BMW M5

AWD brings significant performance increase; still slower than AMG E63 S

The new-generation 5 Series arrived for the 2017 model year, replacing the seven-year-old and rather successful F10 model. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new sedan also lost some weight and gained new engines, including four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V-8 mills. Now up to 137 pounds lighter, it’s quicker, more dynamic, and returns improved fuel economy. It also features state-of-the-art tech that brings it in line with the latest Mercedes-AMG E-Class. As usual, a high-performance M5 version is set to follow, and BMW just introduced it to the world with loads of new tech and an upgraded V-8 engine.

Arguably the most intriguing fact about the new M5 is that gained all-wheel-drive. The rumor has been circulating for quite a few years, and BMW has confirmed that xDrive will be offered as an option (but standard in the United States). The move is far from surprising, as both Audi and Mercedes-Benz have adopted all-wheel-drive for most of their performance cars. So basically BMW is bringing the M5 in line with its main U.S. rivals, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S and the Audi RS7. The new sedan will go on sale starting September 2017, with deliveries set to commence in the spring of 2018.

Updated 09/19/2017: The new M5 was one of the many cars BMW displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Check our gallery to see how amazing the car looked on the show’s floor.

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Manhart Racing's Program For The New M5 Packs A Punch

Manhart Racing’s Program For The New M5 Packs A Punch

German tuner gives us a first look at what it has in store for BMW’s latest performance saloon

There are a number of certainties we can always count on in the auto industry. One of those is the inevitability that comes with building tuning programs for new models, and we’re seeing it now with Manhart Racing. We all know that the German tuner has shown a particular affection for all things BMW and it’s no surprise that with the launch of the BMW M5 on the horizon, Manhart Racing is already preparing a tuning kit for the performance saloon. Heck, it even has a name for it already: MH5 800.

Now to be clear; the tuner does not have the kit ready yet. It’s still in the development phase, which explains why it only has one rendering to show all of us. But, we can make out what the tuner’s plans for the new M5 are and, for what it’s worth, we can at least expect some serious business from the M5 once the kit is on the market. The name of the program alone gives away the expected output of the car in PS measurements. That’s 800 PS, which converts to about 789 horsepower, almost 200 ponies more than the 591-horsepower output of the “standard” M5. The expected figures from this program ought to be enough to make Manhart Racing’s first aftermarket offering for the BMW M5 something that’s worth keeping an eye on.

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Quick Comparison – BMW M5 Vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Quick Comparison – BMW M5 Vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Germany takes on the U.S. for super sedan supremacy

The new BMW M5 has arrived, boasting a boatload of power, oodles of luxury, the traditional German refinement, and even a performance AWD system that’ll go full Gymkhana-RWD-smoke-machine at the touch of a button. Sweet. So then, it seems like all the stuff you’d expect, plus a ‘lil extra on top, right? Should be about right for anyone looking for superlative performance in a high-status package – a.k.a., the standard M5 owner. But here’s the thing - the Bavarians aren’t alone anymore. The luxury performance four-door segment has more than a few tempting options on hand at the moment – take, for example, the Cadillac CTS-V, a tire-shredding monster with every intention of toppling the Teutonic status quo. Both rock sports car specs, plus acres of hide and top-shelf opulence. So how do they line up?

To find out, we dug into the info sheets and laid it all on the table. In this quick comparison, we take a look at the exterior, interior, drivetrain, and prices for both, drawing a few conclusions on the way. Is the Caddy the new king, or can Bimmer reassert its dominance?

Continue reading for a quick comparison between the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V.

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Why I'd Skip the BMW M5 For The M550i

Why I’d Skip the BMW M5 For The M550i

An opinionated realist here to squash your bad choices

Hopefully you’ve read my thoughts on the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive I recently spent a week with. If not, you should. Hopefully you’ve also read the opinions of our fearless editor, Robert Moore, on whether the new 2018 BMW M5 is a waste of money compared to the M550i. If not, again, you should. But having spent time with BMW’s slightly less M-ified 5 Series, I wanted to chime in on the topic. Buckle your seatbelts, you might not like my answer.

My confession wouldn’t feel out-of-place in an AA-style meeting: “Hi, I’m Mark and I love horsepower and speed. Oh, and find comfort in tire smoke and going 140 mph down the back straight at Monticello with a V-8 screaming in my ear.” Yeah, I’m that guy. So, it might come as a surprise to hear that I’d buy the M550i over the M5 nine times out of 10. Why? It’s simple: The M550i is a better all-round daily driver that looks just as good as the M5 and has just as much usable horsepower for public roads. See, here’s the thing. I’m not the guy who needs the ultimate version of something to feel self-worth and gratification. My ego would be just fine not having that M5 badge affixed to my BMW. I’m also a realist with a strong suspicion I wouldn’t be autocrossing my five-passenger, full-size sedan every weekend. That’s what Miatas and Corvettes are for. And with the money I’m not spending in the M5, I can buy a mint Miata and throw speed parts at it. And let’s face it, two cars are better than one.

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Visual Comparison: BMW M5

Visual Comparison: BMW M5

How new is it really?

The new BMW M5 has finally made its debut, but how new is it really? Well, we decided to throw together a quick visual comparison to look at just how much it has changed over the last couple of generations. Then, to add in that little extra everyone loves, we show you what it looks like next to its primary competition. So, check out what we’ve got below, then let us know your thoughts in the comments section at the end of the article.

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Pops' Rants: The New BMW M5 Isn't Worth the Premium; Audi's Naming Strategy is Dumb

Pops’ Rants: The New BMW M5 Isn’t Worth the Premium; Audi’s Naming Strategy is Dumb

Not confusing, just plain dumb!

It’s Friday again, and I’m having a bad day. And I’ll probably have a bad weekend too because I just found out that FCA will shut down the Conner assembly plant in a few days. Why is this a big deal? Because the Dodge Viper will die along with it. Yeah, it’s no big surprise. The Viper had it coming, and we knew it would happen since 2015, but the thought of America’s greatest modern muscle car being killed off is depressing. And please don’t tell me about the Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Challenger Demon, this is a sad day for American sports car enthusiasts regardless of what other performance vehicles you can get.

And, you know what bothers me more? The fact that FCA does nothing about it. Yeah, Chrysler claims the Viper has to die due to slow sales, but we all know that’s not the reason. It all has to do with new safety regulations, which require that all production models have side airbag curtains. And, you can’t fit them in the current Viper. It needs a new platform and a new design. So why isn’t FCA making a successor? It’s too expensive obviously, and it would rather go bankrupt with a bunch of crappy cars rather than a performance coupe. So many decades of experience and FCA still doesn’t know that an iconic car requires a lot of work. But enough about the Viper, it’s been a hectic week.

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Is the new BMW M5 a Waste of Money? Why not Just Get the M550i?

Is the new BMW M5 a Waste of Money? Why not Just Get the M550i?

It really boils down to what you plan to do with the car and your general taste…

We’re fortunate enough to live in a world where brands like BMW take pride in their performance arms and like to apply M-power to just about everything. But, is it for everyone? Probably not. M-cars are typically much more expensive than the model that sits below them, but the tradeoff is usually lots of extra power and slightly more aggressive looks. Unless you’re one of those people that needs to have the best of everything, you could find yourself questioning whether or not the M5 is really for you, and I honestly can’t blame you. The new M5 comes just a year after the 5 Series transitioned into its seventh generation. With this transition, the 5 Series lost some weight (as much as 137 pounds) and came complete with some updated engine options that deliver better fuel economy and performance. On top of that, BMW finally decided to give the M5 all-wheel drive (standard in the U.S. but optional everywhere else) which is enough to bring it up to par with the competition from Audi and Mercedes. But, with a car like the BMW M550i xDrive resting just below the M5 in the lineup, do you really need to pony up for the M5?

Well, that’s not something I can answer directly, but I would be lying if I told you that the M550i didn’t have some intriguing points to back up why it just might be a better candidate. After all, the M550i is a gorgeous car with attractive and aggressive looks that make it stand out among its brethren, and it does have enough balls to compete on its own in most cases. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at why the M550i may be a better option for you and talk a little more about it.

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