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Plenty of Power with Seating for Four
Having four doors doesn’t have to mean driving responsibly. There are dozens of high-powered luxury sedans available in today’s marketplace, most of which boast over 500 hp.
So if you’re a horsepower junkie with a hunger for performance, but constrained by having to purchase a sedan for your family’s needs – or maybe you just like having four doors – you’re in luck. AutoGuide has compiled a list of the world’s most powerful sedans available to buy right now.
2014 Hagerty Hot List
Ever wonder what new car could become a collectible in the future? Hagerty Insurance has released its “hot list” of this year’s vehicles that stand out as likely being a collectible within the next 25 years.
To make a car eligible for the list, it must be produced within the 2014 model year and have an MSRP under $100,000 excluding delivery. All prices listed in our Top 10 however include destination charges.
The 2013 BMW M5 will compete in this year’s One Lap of America, driving 3,300 miles in the eight day event while competing in several motorsports events.
The M5 will compete in the Luxury Sedan class for top honors in the new “Showroom Stock” class. It’s the perfect event for the German automaker to show off just how perfect its new M5 sedan is in terms of performance, drivability, and all-around functionality. Piloting the 2013 M5 starting on May 4th, 2012 will be instructors from the BMW Performance Center, that is home to BMW’s Performance Driving School.
The new-generation M5 features a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 powerplant with 552-hp and 502 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission. It should be one of the strongest contenders in the Luxury Sedan class, even without a single modification and stock tires. It was already unofficially crowned the World’s Fastest Sedan with a 7:55 Nurburgring lap time.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW M5
Whittled down from all the cars in the world, a group of 66 automotive journalists from across the globe have released their top 10 picks for the 2012 World Car of the Year and World Performance Car.
That list, which will be further narrowed this month, is initially selected by secret ballot and then submitted for re-evaluation by the panel.
Members then have a chance to rate each car based on overall merit, value, safety, environmental responsibility, emotional appeal, and significance. The top three are then scheduled to be announced March 6 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show during a press conference.
The 2011 World Car of the Year was the Nissan Leaf, while the World Performance Car was the Ferrari 458 Italia. What we’re most curious about this year is the fact that the Porsche 911 made it into both categories.
The 2012 World Performance Car finalists are:
- Audi RS 3 Sportback
- BMW 1 Series M Coupé
- BMW M5
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Ferrari FF
- Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
- McLaren MP4-12C
- Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG
- Mercedes-Benz C-63 Coupe AMG Black Series
- Porsche 911
The 2012 World Car of the Year finalists are:
- Audi A6 Sedan / Avant
- Audi Q3
- BMW 1 Series
- BMW 3 Series
- Chevrolet Volt / Opel/Vauxhall Ampera
- Citroen DS5
- Ford Focus
- Land Rover Evoque
- Porsche 911
- Volkswagen Up!
Be sure to tune in for our coverage of the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, where we’ll be bringing you the latest. Also, let us know what you think of both lists in the comments section below.
Those guys over at Autobild sure know how to have some fun. They decided to do grab every current BMW M model and pit them off against one another at Germany’s Sachsenring track in Bernsdorf.
The fastest time of the day from their shootout was BMW’s M3 GTS, equipped with semi-slicks with a time of 1:37.30 – but since we’re comparing apples to apples, the M3 CRT ran a time of 1:38.87 while the new M5 did it in 1:38.90. That’s a mere 0.03-seconds off the M3 CRT but it’s also worth mentioning that the new M5 was driven by Claudia Hürtgen, a German race car driver and one of Germany’s best known female racers, while the rest of the cars were driven by Autobild drivers.
The 1M Coupe ran a respectable 1:40.18, which was faster than the standard M3 Coupe DCT at 1:40.52. From there it was the M3 Sedan, M3 Convertible, X6 M, X5 M, and E60 M5 rounding off the list. To compare the two generations of M5, the E60 ran a 1:43.77, almost five seconds slower than its newer-generation counterpart.
Autobild also took the liberty to take Porsche‘s Panamera Turbo S and Mercedes-Benz‘s E63 AMG out to compare it to the new M5. The Panamera Turbo S ran a 1:38.13, trumping the new M5 by less than a second, while the E63 was quite behind with a 1:40.59.
Check out two Autobild videos of the new M5 after the break.
GALLERY: 2012 BMW M5
Star of the upcoming movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Paula Patton, was on hand in helping introduce the North American debut of BMW’s i3 and i8 Concepts. Neither of these concepts are new to us, having seen them in detail at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but it’s understandable with the i8 playing a major role in the upcoming movie why BMW would give it center stage at the LA Auto Show.
Both the i3 and i8 Concepts are derived from BMW’s LifeDrive Vehicle Architecture incorporating a Life Module with a carbon fiber passenger compartment. The i8 features a 170-hp electric drive motor in the front while a 220-hp three-cylinder gas motor powers the rear. With a 50/50 weight distribution, BMW continued to boast that the i8 can have an estimated 78-mpg, delivering the performance of an M3 with the interior space of a 6-Series. BMW also reiterated that they will have a production model ready to show to the world by 2014.
The smaller i3 features a 170-hp electric drive engine with 184 lb-ft of torque and promises up to a 100-mile range that can be doubled with a range extender. A full charge of the i3 can be had in just four hours on a 220-volt charger, while an 80-percent charge can be obtained in just a single hour with a high speed charger. BMW announced that they plan to have a production vehicle based on the i3 Concept by the end of 2013.
Also making its North American premiere was BMW’s M5, though we’ve probably seen more than enough of it already. Worth noting was that BMW brought one out in a matte silver metallic finish and it sounded great rolling out to the show floor.
GALLERY: BMW i3 Concept
GALLERY: BMW i8 Concept
GALLERY: BMW M5
Damon Lavrinc of Autoblog had the chance to sit down with Albert Biermann, Head of Product Development for BMW‘s M Division, and was able to glean some information on future product that should put to bed some of the many rumors floating around about BMW’s skunk works.
First up, the upcoming 2013 BMW M5 will be available with a 6-speed manual. The previous M5 debuted with a 7-speed SMG gearbox, and the resulting outcry forced BMW to backtrack and offer a proper stick after launch. Not so for the new car, which will have the option of either a stick or a dual-clutch gearbox. What won’t be offered is all-wheel drive (due to the sophistication of the M5′s electronic rear differential) and a wagon (BMW sold just over 1,000 M5 wagons world wide last time around, and can’t justify the investment like Cadillac can with the CTS-V wagon).
BMW also won’t be offering an M version of the Z4 for similar reasons, but don’t be surprised to see an M version of one of BMW’s EVs, with Biermann stating “There will be a day when we will not only tweak combustion engines, but electric motors. But we have to continue to provide the M experience.” Biermann also discussed the popular topic of weight reduction, stating that his goal is to have the new model match the outgoing models’ weight, and that due to increasing complexity and vehicle content, weight reduction isn’t always possible.
There was really only one problem with the V10-powered E60 BMW M5. The issue? A heavy sedan powered by a low torque, high-revving engine that required full throttle and 8-10ths driving to be any real fun.
Pair that engine with a light weight race car (a Subaru Impreza for instance), however, and you’ve got quite a package. That’s exactly what one original thinker did, with plenty of custom fabrication work that can be seen in a full build gallery here.
Video of the car’s first shakedown runs have just hit the net and while the car is reportedly not making full power, it certainly sounds incredible!
Watch the video after the jump: