2018 BMW M5

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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.

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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.

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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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Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

It looks like games are starting to be the go-to for cool-car debuts!

So, today is the day that the next-generation BMW M5 breaks cover, and it couldn’t come any sooner now that someone took the liberty of releasing some images over the weekend, just hours prior to its debut. Well, much like Porsche did with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Xbox E3 during the Forza 7 preview, BMW has decided to do the same by introducing the M5 in the newest and upcoming installation of Need for Speed. The game debuts on November 10th and the M5 will be available in the game at launch, which is well before the M5 will roll into dealers next spring. Of course, you’ll still get to put the pedal to the metal first in the game, and let’s be honest – that’s still better than waiting months for delivery, don’t you think?

With that said, we have a new NFS: Payback trailer to watch and get a good look at the M5 putting in work while we’re at it. Of course, the biggest thing we were waiting on was the official look of the next M-powered beast, as we already knew that it would offer up 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an AWD system, yet another plus for this aggressive little sports sedan. But, what’s more important to note are the major improvements that come along with this generation of the M5, as it Trumps the previous model hands down in just about every way imaginable. It has a fresh suspension system that’s tuned for everyday driving and track use via the drive mode selector, variable damper control, impressive performance credentials, and a top speed of 189 mph if you opt for the M Driver’s Package. Let’s venture into a little comparison below to see how it really stacks up to that old M5 sitting in your driveway!

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The 2018 BMW M5 Is Here!: Video

The 2018 BMW M5 Is Here!: Video

High-performance sedan’s long-awaited unveiling is happening later today!

I for one am not clear on the notion of leakages and hacks, but it is becoming a little alarming that we’re getting more and more of them these days. In BMW’s case, I’m pretty sure that it’s not very thrilled about images of the 2018 BMW M5 leaking hours before it’s supposed to make its debut. But this is the world we live in now so here it is, ladies and gentlemen. This is the 2018 BMW M5 and it looks the part of worthy successor to the Bimmer’s family of M5 models. So what can we ascertain based on these photos of the M5? Evidently, the changes in the performance sedan’s styling isn’t as significant as we thought it would be.

Sure, there are some notable features there like the massive intakes that are integrated into the bumper. They’re not as big as the ones on the Z4 Concept, but they’re still pretty sizeable relative to our expectations. Other than that, the side profile of the sedan looks more aggressive with the pronounced body lines. The side mirrors are also new, as are the new set of wheels. Inside, everything appears to be similar to the past model’s interior configuration, though the gear shifter does have what looks to be a new design. These photos themselves also don’t tell us anything about what powertrain the M5’s going to get. What’s been rumored though is that i’ll feature a 4.4-liter bi-turbo engine with an impressive 680 horsepower on tap, allowing it to hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed that should comfortably eclipse 200 mph. If BMW billed the new M5 as the fastest four-door sedan in the world, it’s worth noting that at the very least, it looks like it could be just that.

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The “Coolest” Feature of the 2018 BMW M550i

The “Coolest” Feature of the 2018 BMW M550i

Dual Zone AND dual fan speeds keep everybody happy

The 2018 BMW M550i is the quickest 5 Series currently offered thanks to its 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 making 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque – aided by both a smartly calibrated ZF eight-speed automatic and BMW’s xDrive AWD system. At full grunt, the prodigious power will launch the 4,300-pound M Performance sedan to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. But that’s not this Bimmer’s coolest feature. No, that goes to its HVAC system with dual fan speeds for the driver and front passenger.

Take it from me – a guy living in Florida testing a dark blue car with un-tinted windows in August – you’ll love having the extra control. That’s especially true if your wife is like mine. She’s the type who turns her seat heater on despite afternoon temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. Her cold-natured skin simply doesn’t need the cooling my does. In most situations, this results in her turning her vents toward me or off completely, while my dual-zone temperature is set to “Low” with the fan cranked to “Max.”

Thankfully, the BMW M550i has a solution: dual fan speeds. Yes, the driver and front passenger can set their own A/C temperature and fan speed. Welcome to the future. This means we both can have our A/C set exactly how we’d like without disturbing each other. I can be cool and breezy while she’s happy with warm and toasty. What’s more, we each can select our own blower location. That means she can warm her feet while I cool my body. Both sides also have a full Auto mode, too. It’s this level of individuality that truly ushers in luxury within a vehicle. The rear seat also has its own temperature control, though it’s set by a knob from cool to warm without displaying the actual temperature. Vent speed follows the front seats.

I know having dual fan speed capabilities must cost more, but would you like to see this feature on more vehicles? I know BMW’s 7 Series also has dual fan speeds, but that’s about it. Can you name any other vehicles with this feature? Let me know in the comments below.

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Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

And, we’ve only got four months to wait

Just a couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news about a new installment to the Need for Speed franchise that promised better police chases, an offline mode, and even daytime gameplay. More importantly, we’ll actually be able to pause the game for the first time since its reboot – that in itself is enough to pop champagne bottles and make it rain, right? Well, now we’re getting a look at the first official trailer and, needless to say, there are a few surprises. As promised, it does look like there are daytime gameplay and wicked police chases, but it also looks like it’s leaning a bit toward aFast and Furious-type storyline. The new game is being called “Need for Speed: Payback” and is apparently about building the perfect ride and “playing out an action driving fantasy.”

The game will be released on November 10, 2017, and those who preorder will receive the platinum car pack that includes a 2008 Nissan 350Z, 1967 Chevy Camaro SS, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 2016 Ford F-150 Raptor, and a 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. But, this isn’t the only surprise that comes along with the announcement of the latest NFS game. The trailer gives us a quick but definite glimpse at the upcoming BMW M5. We only get to see the face for just a second, but it’s enough to tease us that much more.

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The BMW M5 Will be an Eight-Speed, 600-Horsepower Monster

The BMW M5 Will be an Eight-Speed, 600-Horsepower Monster

How does 3.6 seconds to 62 mph sound?

With the introduction of the seventh-generation 5 Series for 2017, BMW ceased selling the M5. That’s left us with nothing more than the M550i. With 456 horsepower on tap from a 4.4-liter V-8 and a 3.9-second sprint to 60 mph, it isn’t exactly a slouch, but its time on the throne is about to be cut short by the all-new M5.

Rumors and leaks about the M5 have been circulating for months now, but the fire is burning hotter than ever now that Instagram user abudhabi_motors has come out with details revealed in a closed-room viewing of the M5 in South Korea just a few days ago. Unfortunately, there are no pictures, as there was a strict no-phones-allowed policy, but beans have spilled, and the new M5 should see “more than 600 horsepower” and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Reportedly, it will hit 62 mph in 3.6 seconds, but if history serves as a true indicator, it will likely be a bit faster.

Its overall design should be similar to that of the M3 and M4, but it will have a carbon fiber roof, just like the new M6. Marina Bay Blue will be a new color option, while a new set of five-spoke, 20-inch wheels will keep things sporting with a jet black finish that features silver accents. The usual twin exhaust outlets will reside in the rear while the spoiler on the rear deck will be nearly identical to that of the last-gen M5. A new rear diffuser is in the works as are new “M” mirrors that are a little larger than those of the M3 and M4. Inside, there will be a Formula-style steering wheel with red aluminum buttons, an updated M Power instrument display, and new seats with the unlit M5 logo.

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2019 BMW M5 Touring

2019 BMW M5 Touring

The M5 wagon could return after more than six years

A brand-new BMW 5 Series has already been unveiled for the 2017 model year and the new M5 just arrived for 2018. With a new platform, an all-wheel-drive system, and a new V-8, there’s plenty to get excited about the new M5, but the really big news is that BMW may bring the wagon back after more than six years. Granted, the high-performance wagon has become a very rare breed and there aren’t significant signs that this may change in the future, but even though the M5 sedan is by far the more popular choice here, some enthusiasts, me included, are getting pretty excited at the thought of seeing a new M5 Touring in dealerships. That said, I think that this rumor deserves a bit more attention and we even created a rendering to go with our speculative review.

The M5 Touring’s return is quite the big deal for a nameplate that had a wagon body style only for brief periods of time. Although the first M5 arrived in 1985, a grocery getter wasn’t offered until 1989, when the second generation arrived. When the E34 was discontinued in 1995, the M5 Touring also went into the history books, as the third-gen M5 was sold as a sedan only. The Touring model had to wait until 2005 to see the light of day again, and caused quite a sensation thanks to its gorgeous looks (it was a Bangle, ironically) and massive V-10 under the hood. It’s been six years since the M5 Touring was discontinued for the second time, and the beefed-up midsize wagon might return to give the Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon and the Audi RS6 Avant a run for their money. The good news is it could cross the pond to the U.S. too.

Updated 09/28/2017: We have a new rendering of the M5 Touring, as well as updated information about the performance wagon. Check it out below.

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2018 Alpina B5 Touring

2018 Alpina B5 Touring

The Alpina B5 Touring was caught testing on the Nürburgring

It wasn’t all that long ago that we heard rumors about a BMW M5 Wagon being in the works, but so far we have yet to see an official example. But, not all is lost, as sneaky cameramen have managed to catch what we believe to be the Alpina B5 Touring putting in some beautiful work on the Nürburgring. For now, the Audi RS6 Avant and the AMG E63 Wagon have been dominating this specific segment, but this B5 Touring mule tells us that an M5 Touring is certainly on its way. For those of you who haven’t been keeping track, BMW hasn’t had an M5 Touring since the E61 Touring that was produced from 2007 to 2010, and even then it never made it to the U.S.

According to our camera crew, the B5 Touring you see here was actually making some rather quick laps on the ‘Ring, but that doesn’t mean it will get to us any quicker. It would be blasphemy for Alpina to drop the B5 Touring before the BMW-branded M5 hit the streets. The M5 should be revealed around this time next year, so you can expect the Alpina B5 and D5 – it’s diesel-drinking, torque-producing cousin – to be officially revealed sometime after that.

So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the spy shots we have here today and talk a little more about the Alpina B5 Touring.

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2016 BMW M5 by CarbonFiber Dynamics

2016 BMW M5 by CarbonFiber Dynamics

Tuner gets some assistance from 3D Design

Given that the BMW M5 F10 already has some mileage on it, the expected arrival of the next-generation model in 2018 can’t come soon enough. Sadly, that’s still two years away so for now and the M5 F10 continues to hold the fort for BMW and the M Division. It’s not a bad place to be in considering that the M5 has long been regarded as one of the cornerstones of the M lineup, despite the belief that a lot of its shine has been “stolen” by the M4 and M2. Still, the M5 remains an interesting car, and that holds true for aftermarket companies like CarbonFiber Dynamics, which presented its latest program for the performance sedan, complete with a power upgrade that reaches an eye-popping 818 horsepower.

Yep. That’s 818 horses coming out of the M5’s modified 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. It’s a little hard to grasp, but CarbonFiber Dynamics made it work in large part because it was able to focus solely on the mechanicals, while its partner firm, 3D Design, worked on the aesthetics and aerodynamic upgrades on the M5. This program is a two-tuner job, which makes it doubly special in my eyes.

The result definitely speaks for itself, the choice of body color notwithstanding. Everything else though, from the carbon fiber aero parts to the wheels and, of course, the engine upgrade, is top caliber. It’s the kind of program that makes the wait for the next-gen M5 more tenable. Kudos to CarbonFiber Dynamics and 3D Design for cooking it up.

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2017 BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition

2017 BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition

Another limited-edition Bimmer with an extra $40,000 added to the ticket price

The BMW M5; it’s a car used as the basis of comparison for some and a tribute to German engineering for others. The most recent generation came into play back in 2011 and is currently powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 that delivers a fair 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. With a new M5 slated to hit the streets as early as 2018, BMW’s M division is probably hard at work getting the next-gen model prepared. That’s only one side of the story, though, as BMW and its M division are busy churning out all kinds of limited-edition models like the one you see here: the 2017 BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition.

A lot of times, we see limited edition models that boast unique exterior and interior features but, in this case, the Pure Metal Silver actually comes with a small increase in performance as well. Unlike a lot of Bimmer’s limited- and special-edition models, this one is built specifically for the U.S. Market, but will only be produced in a total of 50 examples. The Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition will be available starting in August of 2016, but until that happens, let’s take a good look at it and talk about just why you might want to get your hands on one.

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2017 BMW M5 "Competition Edition"

2017 BMW M5 "Competition Edition"

BMW launches the quickest and most powerful M5 ever created

The current-generation BMW M5 was unveiled to the public at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, nearly two years after the F10 5 Series made its global debut. The high-performance sedan was redesigned significantly inside and out and received a brand-new engine under the hood. The previous 5.0-liter V-10 was dropped after five years and replaced with a 4.4-liter V-8. Although this wasn’t the first V-8 to motivate an M5, the new unit came with two turbochargers for enhanced fuel economy.

After five years on the market, the current M5 is getting ready to exit the stage and make way for a much improved model, scheduled to arrive for the 2018 model year. However, until that happens, BMW keeps rolling out all sorts of special-edition models, one of which is the Competition Edition.

Essentially a beefed-up version of the standard M5 with added carbon-fiber parts and an exclusive interior, the Competition Edition isn’t exactly a new idea in the 5 Series stable. In 2013, BMW launched the M5 Competition Package with similar upgrades. The big news here is that the new sedan sports even more unique features and that the V-8 engine is a lot more powerful. In fact, the Competition Edition is the most powerful, factory-built M5 ever created and among the most powerful M-badged Bimmers ever launched. Needless to say, it’s a great send-off for the F10-generation M5.

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2016 BMW M5 by Speed Buster

2016 BMW M5 by Speed Buster

Aftermarket specialist offers variety of engine programs for numerous M5 variants

The BMW M5 may very well be the most understated, maybe even under appreciated M-badged BMW today. For one, the current F10 generation has been around since 2010 and the next-gen model isn’t expected to arrive until 2017, at the earliest. But the M5 doesn’t seem to mind it. The high-performance sedan just keeps moving along and despite the lack of buzz surrounding the car, tuners like Speed Buster are more than happy giving the sedan some aftermarket modifications befitting its status as an M-badged model. This particular program is no different as Speed Buster prepared a muscle-building tuning kit designed to increase the M5’s output to as much as 695 horsepower and 623 pound-feet of torque.

The important detail about this particular M5 program is that it’s not exclusive to just one variant of the performance sedan. That 695-horsepower output is actually for the 30th Anniversary M5 model that was unveiled in 2014. Different M5 variants also have their own M5 programs, specifically the M5 Competition Package and the standard M5. Each upgrade comes with a different set of power increases depending on the version of the M5.

That’s the kind of variety that Speed Buster was after when it built its tuning program for the sedan. It’s strictly an engine kit, so if anybody’s looking to get some aerodynamic upgrades on the exterior or a fancy new dress up for the interior, this kit isn’t going to address those. But if it’s extra power that’s a requirement, Speed Buster has that covered, no matter what kind of BMW M5 F10 it is.

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Don't Like The Porsche Panamera? You've Got Other Spicy Options To Consider

Don’t Like The Porsche Panamera? You’ve Got Other Spicy Options To Consider

Take a look at a couple German cars and one American that I think are better than the Panamera

So the new Porsche Panamera has finally been unveiled, and everybody from Porsche itself to official media outlets, are treating the car like it’s the best thing to come since the invention of toilet paper. In all reality, the car is pretty sweet in its own regard. It’s a fair evolution of the previous model, comes with a great sound system and that sweet retractable spoiler. Plus, who can argue with a 440-horsepower V-6 or a 550-horsepower V-8 or the fact that the car emerged dominate on the Nürburgring? Well, the fact’s may be there, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Panamera, in my opinion, looks like someone drove one Porsche 911 up the ass of another and called in a Panamera.

That might sound a little harsh, but take a look at the car as a whole. The rear end, minus a few little details here and there – like the overall shape of the fascia and the location of the exhaust outlets – looks like the rear end of a 911. So, I look at the Panamera like a four-door 911. I’m sure I’m not the only person out there that feels this way.

The new Panamera starts out at $99,900 for the 4S and $146,900 for the Turbo, which, for the “fastest luxury sedan on earth” doesn’t seem like a bad price. But, what if you’re like me and don’t want to spend your $100,000 or $150,000 on a car like the Panamera? There are certainly other options out there, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

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Spy Shots: Next BMW M5 Caught Testing Around Munich

Spy Shots: Next BMW M5 Caught Testing Around Munich

BMW is still probably about two years away from introducing the next-gen M5, but with the introduction of a new all-wheel-drive system, the automaker is making sure all of the bugs are worked out. Our latest batch of spy shots show BMW engineers still hard at work developing the 2018 BMW M5 xDrive, which will go up against other high-powered luxury sedans like the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63, 2015 Audi Audi RS 6 and 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

Looking at these images, not much has changed since the last time we same the new 5 Series/M5 out testing the exception that we now have the 2016 BMW 7 Series to do a visual side-by-side comparison. Despite the heavy camouflage, we can still see that the M5 will have a long nose, an upright front end and a tall, passenger-friendly roofline. At the rear of the sedan, there is almost a feeling of Audi A7, with a short, sloped decklid and the concave shape at the rear (rather than the squared-off shape shown on the 7 Series).

The body work on this prototype doesn’t seem to be all that different from standard versions of the next-gen 5 Series that we’ve seen in recent months, but that definitely won’t be the case when it comes time for production. Obvious differences include the large wheel and tire combination to make room for the bigger, cross-drilled brakes, and the rear shot of the car reveals the M-signature quad exhaust outlets.

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BMW M5 Caught Testing: Spy Shots

BMW M5 Caught Testing: Spy Shots

Once again, our spy photographers have snapped up a few spyshots of the 2018 BMW M5. This time around, however, our carparazzi didn’t catch it testing its new all-wheel-drive system in the snow. Instead, it caught the test mule out stretching its legs in the Munich sunshine.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much to see from these new shots, but we do get a nice look at the quad exhaust pipes – a telltale sign that this is an M5 mule. Also giving it away as an M5 was the sound coming from those pipes. Unfortunately, there is no video, so we can only go by what our spy shooters told us they heard.

An odd twist to this M5 is that there is an extra fuel cap on the left front fender, which is typically only present on a plug-in hybrid model. Before you traditionalists start storming the BMW offices over a possible M5 hybrid, allow me to pass on that or spy photographers have seen this on several non-hybrid 5er mules. Chances are that BMW is recycling body panels, and the fuel cap just happened to be on the panel it borrowed for this mule.

Under the hood of the new M5, look for a retuned version of the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 with around 600 horsepower. As I mentioned earlier, the 2018 BMW M5 will likely be the first of its kind to have available all-wheel drive.

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2015 BMW M5 30 Jahre Special Edition Can Be Yours For $325K

2015 BMW M5 30 Jahre Special Edition Can Be Yours For $325K

To celebrate 30 years of its mid-size sport sedan, BMW introduced the BMW M5 “30 Jahre M5” special edition last year with just 300 units planned for production globally. Of those, only 30 of those would be making it to the U.S., and only 29 planned for customers; the 30th would remain with BMW for now, with the possibility of being sold off in the future.

Speaking of being sold off, the duPont Registry is listing a 30 Jahre M5 in Heathrow, Florida for $325,000 with 200 miles on the odometer. If you’re wondering, these cars sold brand new for $138,275, and that price included an exclusive M Driving School designed specifically for 30 Jahre M5 buyers, which took place last fall.

While that is something the secondhand buyer definitely won’t be able to experience, the car itself should make up for that. The limited-edition M5 gets unique 20-inch alloy wheels, a Frozen Dark Silver Metallic matte paint job and plenty of “30 Jahre M5” badges, including those embossed onto the seats. This M5 also squeezes an extra 25 horsepower from the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. increasing output to 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

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Last BMW M5 "30 Years of M5" Auctioned for $700K

Last BMW M5 "30 Years of M5" Auctioned for $700K

For some reason, one of the special 2015 BMW M5 30th Jahre Anniversary Edition out of the 30 that were imported in to the U.S. market didn’t find a buyer at first. However, once it went to auction, it unsurprisingly managed to sell for a rather hefty sum of $700,000 on January 15, 2015, with the cash going to the BMW Club of America Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization.

Apparently, the winner is known NASCAR team owner and rare-car hunter Rick Hendrick, of Hendrick Motorsports, who also owns a museum with over 200 cars in North Carolina and who apparently said that the M5 will not be used as a daily driver but as a museum piece since it is a very rare vehicle. Hendrick is also known for having bought the first-ever 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in both coupe and convertible guises for a cool $1,000,000 each, so he is no stranger to severely overpaying for certain unique cars.

Before the auction, BMW of North America had pledged to provide an M Driving School program for two to the winning bidder, but seeing as Rick Hendrick began his career in auto racing at age 14 and even has four NASCAR races under his belt, I think that the offer may be respectfully turned down. The M5 came in Dark Frozen Silver paint with black-chrome accents and light-alloy wheels, while the interior is adorned in black-and-grey leather with Alcantara accents, and an array of "30 Jahre M5" logos sprinkled both outside and inside the car.

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BMW Highlights The M535i: Video

BMW Highlights The M535i: Video

Despite not being officially badged as an M5, the BMW M535i is considered by many — including the Bavarian carmaker itself — as the spiritual predecessor to the mighty M sedan. In many ways, it was the first German factory sports sedan in its segment, starting a legacy that culminated with the first generation of the BMW M5 in 1984. No less than 35 years later, BMW saw fit to bring back some memories of the M535i via a somewhat monotonous press video with the model.

Based on the first-generation BMW 5 Series, the model was essentially an ordinary 535i — the top of the range model at the time — that had been tuned in-house by then Motorsport Technik, or BMW’s motorsport division. Its naturally-aspirated, 3.5-liter, inline-six engine was good for 218 horsepower and 224 pound-feet of torque, which may not sound impressive nowadays but it was something entirely different over three decades ago. Unlike the previous 3.0 CSL and the M1, the M535i wasn’t a purpose-built sports car from the ground up, which makes it have an even more special aura about it from some points of view, not to mention the fact that it was the first ever M sedan.

With a rather understated exterior and using the large frame of the 5 Series, the M535i was regarded by many back then as a sleeper, or a Q-car, a vehicle which looks comfortable but certainly not fast. This probably made for some pretty interesting meetings at the stop lights, even though only 1,650 units of the model were ever built, making it a bit of a rara avis even among the few performance sedans of the 1980s.

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Can a BMW M5 Actually Outrun a Ferrari FF?: Video

Can a BMW M5 Actually Outrun a Ferrari FF?: Video

What do you do if you live in Sweden, you got two high-powered sports cars, and you’re bored? Why, take them to an empty airstrip and race them, of course! Here we find a head-to-head drag battle from a roll between an F10 BMW M5 and a Ferrari FF. It’s the clash of the German sedan and Italian three-door shooting-brake, but the results might not be what you expect.

Here’s what the specs tell us: while the all-wheel-drive Ferrari would almost certainly get a jump into the lead from a dig, this is a rolling start, which evens up any traction issues. Plus, both cars use double-clutch, seven-speed gearboxes, which further eliminates any driver skill discrepancies. That means it’s foot down and let the engines wind out, making this particular race purely a numbers game, with power-to-weight being the most important figure involved.

So then, we have the Bimmer weighing in at 4,288 pounds with 560 horsepower, while the Ferrari is 4,145 pounds with 660 horsepower. For the sake of simplicity, let’s put torque rating to one side for now. Rounding up, we’re left with a figure of .13 for the M5 and .16 for the Ferrari.

So the Ferrari should win, right? Not exactly.

Putting numbers on a page is one thing, but the real world is no X/Y spreadsheet, as is evident by the way the M5 walks the FF in this video. There are all kinds of forces conspiring against Maranello here. For one, the all-wheel-drive system creates quite a bit of parasitic loss at higher speeds, compared to the more efficient rear-drive BMW. Then there’s the higher drag coefficient presented by the Ferrari, which further stunts its top-end performance. Finally, the YouTube poster states that a total of three people were in the FF, while there were only two in the BMW, which knocks that power-to-weight down a peg or two.

If this race were rerun from a standstill, we’d expect the results to be totally different. As it is, the BMW only got the FF by about a car length. But, as a certain protein powder enthusiast once said, it doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Hear, hear.

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Next BMW M5 Could Feature as Much as 625 Horsepower

Next BMW M5 Could Feature as Much as 625 Horsepower

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.

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The BMW Driving Experience is the Fun Version of Driver's Ed

The BMW Driving Experience is the Fun Version of Driver’s Ed

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 M3s 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.

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For Sale: 1988 BMW M5 with S54 Engine Swap

For Sale: 1988 BMW M5 with S54 Engine Swap

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.

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Next BMW M5 Will Be Lighter; Could Get AWD Option

Next BMW M5 Will Be Lighter; Could Get AWD Option

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.

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2014 BMW M5 "30 Years of M5" Limited Edition

2014 BMW M5 "30 Years of M5" Limited Edition

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.

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BMW M5 30 Anniversary Edition Will Deliver 600 Horsepower

BMW M5 30 Anniversary Edition Will Deliver 600 Horsepower

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.

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Video: Vauxhall VXR8 GTS Vs BMW M5 Competition

Video: Vauxhall VXR8 GTS Vs BMW M5 Competition

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.

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Video: BMW Celebrates the M5's 30th Birthday

Video: BMW Celebrates the M5’s 30th Birthday

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

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