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Top 10 Cars Every Guy Needs to Know
So, you call yourself a car guy. Fair enough, you’ve browsed on over to AutoGuide so you must have at least a little petroleum in your veins. But are you a true automobile enthusiast? Do you know your accelerator pump from your synchronizer? Here are 10 vehicles every car guy needs to know about.
Driving fast on a track can be a lot of fun, but unless you’re well-trained it’s unlikely that you’ll come close to reaching the car or track’s potential.
Thank goodness for BMW’s Nurburgring Taxi program that offers the chance to sit in an M Division Bimmer and experience the Green Hell as it’s meant to be. This year the Bavarian automaker is introducing its F10M M5 as the taxi, which promises to be unbelievably thrilling. With its 560 horsepower 4.4-liter V8 and space for three passengers, this grown-up version of a roller coaster is sure to sell.
If the past is any indication, tickets will be hard to come by and only available to those with the fastest fingers. Sessions go on sale every Monday at 10 am CET and you can book times here.
[Source: M Power]
There are plenty of people out there who would be very content with the performance of the new BMW M5 (model designation F10). However, there is also no shortage of people who are never content with what the factory offers and thus look for companies that make their fast cars even faster.
G-Power has been the source to look after the ever rising performance needs of BMW clients since 1983. They are masters at turning fast cars even faster, and their approach is not just to raise power, but also properly modify the suspension and brakes to cope with the extra performance.
Their latest model; called the Bi-Tronic III takes the new M5 and give it an extra 80-hp. So if you opt for the G-Power tuning package, your M5 will pack 640-hp. The engine size remains the same as the standard car, so it is still a 4.4-liter, V8 with two turbo-chargers. The extra grunt comes thanks to some engine remapping and through a higher performance exhaust system (which also makes the G-Power M5 a lot louder).
According to G-Power, their new M5 can sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 196-mph. Ceramic brakes are also available to stop this road legal missile.
To enhance the aesthetic appeal of the M5, you can choose from either the G-Power Silverstone RS or Silverstone Clubsport forged alloy wheels. Both wheels are 21-inch in size and wear 265/30ZR21 tires at the front and 305/25ZR21 tires at the rear.
So if you have the new M5 on order, but are already looking for ways to make it faster, you know who to call.
Attendees to the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Canada might not get to ogle all the cool cars that we did in Detroit, but at least BMW brought something to show off: a special edition BMW Individual paint job.
Seen here is the Frozen Silver finish that was first offered on the M3 last year. The matte finish is sure to cause a commotion at the show.
We can’t find out the price of the BMW Individual Paint finishes on the North American sites, but they usually range between $4,500 and $5,000. We found the option on the U.K. BMW site, where it costs just £ 1,045 (about $1,642 USD) on the M5. Not a bad price for an exclusive finish.
Gallery: BMW M5 ‘Frozen Silver’
The current XFR (pictured above) uses a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 to make 510 horsepower which falls about 40 ponies short of both sedans it directly competes with. While that’s a significant difference, it’s probably important to take a step back and realize that none of the numbers in this story are to be taken lightly.
Despite that, Jaguar will have to do something soon if they want to remain competitive. We don’t have concrete specifications on the XFR-S at the moment, but it was spotted running the Nürburgring last summer.
We expect it to pack at least 550 horsepower to stay on par, along with standard performance upgrades like a stiffer chassis and suspension. Of course, the price will increase as well, which we’ll report as soon as details break.
GALLERY: 2011 Jaguar XFR
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
Recently, California based BMW tuning company, Dinan Cars, revealed a video of its latest engine project. Beginning with the V10 BMW S85 engine found in the E60 BMW M5, which remains one of the most sophisticated power plants engineered to date, Dinan bored and stroked the displacement from 5-liters to 5.8-liters, and then installed performance cams, a dry sump oil system, and finished it off with a racing exhaust. Custom ECU tuning software allowed the engine to run on 98 octane race gas in order to produce a stratospheric 720-hp at 8300 RPM. You read that correctly. That’s 124-hp per liter from a naturally aspirated V10 engine!
Designed to be used in the Riley Technologies 2011 mkXXV track car, check out Dinan’s engine demonstration video after the jump. More than anything, it’s the blazing plum purple glow emitting from the headers that got people talking. Do not touch! Continue Reading…
BMW used this past weekend’s Indianapolis MotoGP to unveil its new F10 M5 safety car. The BMW was fitted with an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that sounds amazing. Other goodies that set this safety vehicle aside from all other standard M5′s include high performance coilovers, new front and rear spoilers, Recaro bucket seats and 20-inch rims.
The M5 has been entirely redesigned but the biggest change is the switch from a high-revving V10 to a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. The new engine will crank out 552 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The car is capable of achieving a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds, not bad for a car weighs around 4,000 lbs. Pricing has not been announced but the M5 will probably sell for around $85,000.
Check out the video after the jump!
It looks as though the drivers are just as excited as we are for this showdown. In this teaser trailer three all-new BMW M5′s lap the famous race track accompanied by a helicopter filming in HD. The video is set to come out tomorrow and from the looks of it, will not disappoint.
The M5 has been entirely redesigned but the biggest change is the switch from a high-revving V10 to a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. The new engine cranks out 552 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The car is capable of achieving a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds, not bad for a car that weighs around 4,000 lbs.
Check out the video after the jump!
Here is one of the latest clips of the BMW M5 booting it on the Laguna Seca track. Oh how sweet the sound is!
The M5 has been entirely redesigned but the biggest change is the switch from a high-revving V10 to a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. The new engine cranks out 552 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The car is capable of achieving a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds, not bad for a car weighs around 4,000 lbs. Pricing has not been announced but the M5 will probably sell for around $85,000.
The minute and a half long commercial paints this car as nothing less than a monster as it knifes its way through the turns on a track.
Plus, we also managed to catch up with that very car, on display at Pebble Beach.
GALLERY: 2012 BMW M5 at Pebble Beach
Check out the video after the jump!