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 |  Jul 04 2011, 6:05 PM

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If there was ever a reason to want to own a wagon, this might be it. Edo Competition’s BMW M5 Dark Edition features family transportation with 555-hp, from the stock 500-hp and 413 lb-ft of torque up from the stock 384 lb-ft. In addition to the performance upgrades, Edo Competition outfits the M5 wagon with an aero kit, upgraded interior and 20-inch staggered wheels and tires.

For the outside, Edo Competition modified the front and added a new rear skirt which houses a quad-tipped exhaust. Adding a little more sport to the wagon is a rear wing and 20-inch wheels with matched black centers and staggered Dunlop tires.

The added performance comes from a recalibrated ECU, high-flow air filters and catalytic converters in addition to the quad-tipped exhaust system. For the inside, Edo Competition outfits the interior with various pieces of carbon fiber and high quality leather while the speedometer is converted to show a top speed of 360 km/h with white dials and a backlit logo.

No pricing was announced for Edo Competition’s M5 modifications.

GALLERY: Edo Competition M5 Dark Edition

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 |  Jun 27 2011, 4:44 PM

BMW UK has released another dramatic video detailing the 2012 M5. The M5 won’t go on sale until spring 2012, so we still have nearly a year before it hits the streets but this commercial is getting us very excited.

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!

Gallery: 2012 BMW M5

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 |  Jun 25 2011, 8:24 PM

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With a BMW factory driver behind the wheel of BMW’s new M5, the luxury sedan has reportedly turned in a lap time of 7:55 around the famed Nurburgring. This makes it the world’s fastest sedan, ahead of Porsche‘s Panamera Turbo (7:56) and Cadillac‘s CTS-V (7:59), and puts it on par of other supercars such as Ferrari’s F430 and is even one second quicker than Porsche’s 996 Turbo.

Powered by a 4.4L V8 twin turbo engine, this accomplishment proves BMW’s M-models have hardly skipped a beat against the competition. It will be interesting to see how BMW’s competitors respond with their next-generation sedans, but it clearly proves that the Germany automaker’s devotion to twin turbo powerplants is paying off.

A word of caution; the time is in no way an official BMW number and we can’t verify the validity of the source (FastestLaps.com). It’s almost not necessary, however, with the new M5 almost certain to run a solid sub-eight minute lap around the Ring.

GALLERY: 2012 BMW M5

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[Source: TeamSpeed]

 |  Jun 21 2011, 4:49 PM

The next-generation BMW M5 has finally arrived and looks fantastic. The car won’t actually go on sale until spring 2012, so we still have nearly a year before it hits the streets but photos and this commercial have been released and portrays this BMW as a beast.

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.

The minute long commercial paints this car as nothing less than a monster as it knifes its way through the turns on a track. There are some great slow motion shots at the beginning and hearing the turbo spool up will get any BMW fan excited. We will be counting down the days until we can tryout the M5 for ourselves.

Check out the video after the jump!

Gallery: 2012 BMW M5

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 |  Jun 21 2011, 2:35 PM

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Those that have been waiting in anticipation for BMW‘s next-generation M5 can now entertain themselves with an online configurator, albeit rather limited in options. The online configurator offers a full 3D render of the upcoming M5, complete with 360-degree views of the interior and exterior and a static shot of the cockpit.

The exterior currently features seven metallic finishes including our favorite, Space Grey. And no BMW would be complete with the infamous Alpine White paint choice, which is the M5′s only non-metallic finish currently available.

Two different types of wheels are also available for picking, one being a multi-split spoke style, while the other is your traditional BMW split-five spoke wheel.

For the interior, the M5 will have three color combination choices with leather and full leather option for each. We’re definitely interested to see how the Sakhir Orange/Black Merino combination plays out in person with an Alpine White exterior. The interior trim options are standard BMW issue with fine-wood brown, fine-wood anthracite and aluminum available.

BMW has informed the public that more options will be added soon to the configurator, but for now it looks like they’re just hoping you’re saving away to get one of these bad boys when they’re ready to hit the streets.

[Source: BMW]

 |  May 20 2011, 4:43 PM

Depending on your opinion of the M3 V8, this may be upsetting. BMW may be considering a V6 engine for the next generation BMW M3. You read that correctly, V6 instead of their famous traditional inline 6.

According to M3post.com, BMW may decide on one of four different power-plants. The first option is to strap a pair of turbochargers on their current S65 V8. Another rumour is to modify the turbocharged  N54 inline-six or possibly a version of the F10 M5′s twin-turbo V8 S63 engine. The most interesting rumour, however is to turbo-charge a V6. This comes as a surprise because BMW has traditionally used an inline 6. However, Audi’s S4 has dropped the high output V8 for a turbocharged V6 and BMW is quite competitive with Audi. Of course, true BMW enthusiasts would like to see a rebirth of the inline 6.

[Source: Autoblog]

 |  Dec 21 2009, 10:08 AM

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With the launch of the new 2011 5-Series, the debut of the M version of that car is fast approaching. There have been numerous rumors about the new model and the folks at Bimmerfile have attempted to separate fact from fiction to give us an idea at just what to expect.

First, we can all but guarantee that the V10 has been eliminated in favor of a twin-turbo V8 setup similar to that found in the both the X5 M and X6 M. With well over 500-hp and more than 500 ft-lbs of torque, this new engine will deliver usable power at almost any rpm, as compared to the old V10 that needed to be strung out to 8000 rpm.

Along with cutting out weight from the engine, the F10 M5 is likely to get an all aluminum chassis, as well as carbon fiber body panels to help keep it light on its toes. A carbon fiber roof will be optional.

Finally, the M5 is expected to get a state-of-the-art Formula One-derived KERS regenerative braking system. The KERS setup will reportedly store electric energy created under braking and then allow the driver to access that power via an F1-style button. This momentary thrust is expected to be quite noticeable and should help the twin-turbo V8 deliver close to 600-hp for short bursts of time.

[Source: Bimmerfile]

 |  Jul 01 2009, 11:59 AM

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The folks over at Carscoop have just snagged these photos of what appears to be the 2011 BMW M5 out testing. Code-named the F10, there are a few hints that lead to the speculation that this is in fact the M5 and not a standard 5 series. The real give-away, however, are the four exhaust pipes.

Other M-features include the massive wheels, brakes and low stance.

Unfortunately even spy photographers can’t see through sheet metal and so we’re left guessing what sort of powerplant the next M5 will have. The current M5 boasts a 507hp 5.0-liter V10 and while there is some speculation that the next generation of the iconic car will use a twin-turbocharged V10, it’s more likely that we’ll see the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces as much as 555hp and 500 ft-lbs of torque in the X5 M and X6 M.

Power will no-doubt be slightly more than in either of the M-powered SUVs and possibly even reach the 600 mark.

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Other highlights to look for include a version of BMW’s double-clutch gearbox which first appeared on the latest M3. And in keeping with the automakers Efficient Dynamics approach, look for innovative new ways to save weight.

The F10 M5 is slated to be a 2011 model, so look for it sometime in 2010.

[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Jun 24 2009, 12:27 PM

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The next BMW M5 will get a version of BMW’s Formula 1-developed KERS system. KERS, which stands for Kinetic Energy Recovery System, is a technology whereby the energy generated from braking is reused to help “power” the vehicle.

The regenerative braking system will use the electricity to help power electrical aspects of the car (and thereby reduce the strain that alternator and accessory belts would have on the engine). The stored energy will also be harnessed and made accessible to the diver for enhanced acceleration through a “boost” button. The next M5 is also expected to feature cylinder deactivation for city driving.

Word of a regenerative braking system comes from a BMW insider Scott27 on The German Car Zone.

As for the powertrain of the next M5, code named F10, there are two current speculations. The first is that it will get a version of the 550hp, 4.4-liter V8 used in the BMW X5 and X6 M, but there have also been several rumors that a V10 powerplant based on that same architecture is a possibility. Based on BMW’s Efficient Dynamics approach we expect to see a smaller engine than the current 5.0-liter V10, with turbochargers.

[Source: BMWBlog]

Fastest Sedan in the World

750hp G-Power BMW M5 HURRICANE RS sets new record

 |  Dec 19 2008, 10:45 AM

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BMW Tuner G-Power has just announced that during recent testing at the Papenburg test track in Germany, its 750hp twin-supercharged HURRICANE RS M5 set a new WORLD RECORD for the fastest sedan.

With a stop speed of 367.5 km/h (228.4 mph) the Hurricane eclipsed the Mercedes CLS-based Brabus Rocket, which set a speed of 365.7 km/h (227.2 mph).

The Hurricane RS is a slightly more powerful version of the standard production Hurricane with 750hp versus 730hhp. The gain was made by raising boost pressure in both ASA superchargers from 10.1 lbs to 11.6 lbs.
According to G-Power CEO and engineer Christian Stöber, the
Hurricane is capable of topping its own record as boost can be raised as high as 14.5 lbs. “We are curious if this will be necessary…” reads the end of the company’s press release, a definite challenge to the boys at Brabus.

While this new record is certain to help G-Power sell more vehicles, most likely in places like Dubai, the speed record won’t be possible in the production cars because they will not be equipped with the gearing necessary to do so. Brabus does, however, offer the Rocket to customers with longer gears. Regardless, unless those customers own their own airstrip, 220-plus mph speed runs are unlikely.

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Official press release after the jump:
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