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

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)!

PostHeaderIcon 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.

PostHeaderIcon Tuner squeezes extra power and torque from BMW M550d xDrive

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.

PostHeaderIcon Tuner squeezes extra power and torque from BMW M550d xDrive

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.

PostHeaderIcon 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?

PostHeaderIcon BMW MH5 by Manhart

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.

PostHeaderIcon BMW MH5 by Manhart

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.

PostHeaderIcon The BMW M5 Will Star in the Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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.

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

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.

PostHeaderIcon BMW M5 Competition Package

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

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

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

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

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.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW M5

... Or the new flat red!

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 🙂

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

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!

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

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.


References

Toyota GT86


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Read our full review on the 2013 Toyota GT86.

BMW M5


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Read our full review on the 2006 BMW M5.

PostHeaderIcon BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car.

What Makes The BMW MotoGP Safety Car Special


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“The exterior design was inspired by the BMW M8 GTE race car. Carbon was added for the roof, side sills, rear diffuser, and more. In front is a prototype diffuser.”

Taking up the responsibility for prepping the M5 for life as a safety car was BMW M Manufaktur in Garching. The engineers started with the standard street car, then proceeded to add a variety of M Performance Parts, which, as BMW points out, “are available as retrofit parts for the BMW M5 production model.” The group also upgraded the styling, aero, cooling, and safety systems, while simultaneously cutting out a weight where possible.

The exterior design was inspired by the BMW M8 GTE race car, a competition-spec vehicle destined for the harrowing 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018. In terms of weight reduction, the M team added loads of composite material, such as with carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the roof panel, as well as carbon components for the side sills, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, grille, side view mirror housings, and air breather slats. It looks pretty good, and it’s decently functional as well.


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“It looks pretty good, and it’s decently functional as well.”

Take a peek behind that weave-laden kidney grille intake, and you’ll find the M5 Safety Car is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, which just saw an increase in power to 600 ponies total with the latest F90 generation changeover in August. Torque is rated at 750 Nm (553 pound-feet). The output numbers match those of the road car, as do the acceleration figures, with the 0-to-62 mph sprint completed in 3.4 seconds. Swapping the cogs is an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission equipped with Drivelogic, once again mirroring what you get in the road car.

BMW also saw fit to throw on a fresh BMW M Performance sport exhaust, a nice upgrade that’s made from titanium and tipped with carbon fiber end pieces. Up front, there’s a prototype front splitter, which you unfortunately can’t buy from the dealership. There are also new hood latches for the sake of safety, and up top, there’s a new light bar with LEDs, plus front-facing blue LED flashing lights and flashing corona rings in the headlights.


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“One of the big headlines for the new M5 was the addition of the M xDrive AWD system, a first for the nameplate, and the MotoGP Safety Car retains the system for extra grip on track.”

One of the big headlines for the new M5 was the addition of the M xDrive AWD system, a first for the nameplate, and the MotoGP Safety Car retains the system for extra grip on track. Handling is helped thanks to the inclusion of M-tuned suspension pieces, while inside, there are new buckets seats plucked from the BMW M4 GTS.

“A MotoGP Safety Car faces enormous challenges,” said BMW M GmbH President, Frank Van Meel. “It is vital to lead a field of unique, high-performance race prototypes through all sorts of conditions. Innovative motorsport technology is an essential part of this. The new BMW M5 forms the perfect basis for a safety car, as its technical features ensure perfect handling, even at the limits of driving dynamics – on the road and on the racetrack.”

References

BMW M5


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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M5.

BMW M4


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Read our full review on the 2016 BMW M4 GTS.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the BMW M550D Bounce Off the Speed Limiter

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.

Before anything else, let’s look at the optics first. The BMW M550d xDrive is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that has no less than four turbochargers in it. Yes, four. All of that translates to a car that can produce a staggering 400 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Mind you; this is a diesel engine; the power figures speak for themselves. Even the car’s 0-to-62-mph acceleration time of just 4.4 seconds is impressive.

Now move beyond BMW’s reported numbers and pay attention to the video presented by YouTube page AutoTopNL. You’ll see the car actually hit 0 to 62 mph in around 4.7 seconds. It’s not exactly accurate relative to Bimmer’s own claims, but it’s close enough to still be quick in its own right. You’ll also notice the speedometer’s needle reach its full threshold when the car achieved its top speed limit. Take a close look, and you’ll see the needle steadily move towards the edge as the car goes faster, ultimately hitting the 260 kmh (155 mph) limit with relative ease. The needle then bounces a few times, a clear sign that even if the M550d xDrive’s top speed is limited, there are still enough horses under that hood to help elevate the car’s performance beyond its own self-imposed limits.

Put all these elements together, and you have a car that can live up to its billing as the hottest trim of the M5 that runs on diesel power.

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BMW 5 Series


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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M550i xDrive.

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

“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.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Autozam AZ-1


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Let’s start this list with a complete oddity. The Autozam AZ-1 is the rare car that manages to be cool and strange at the same time. It traces its roots to Mazda’s short-lived Autozam marquee, which specialised on building small cars, otherwise known as keicars in that market. In the five years that Autozam was around, it developed a full lineup of these cars, one of which was the AZ-1. It’s hard to tell what the AZ-1’s defining feature was because there’s enough of them to go around. It could be the gullwing doors. It could be its mid-engine layout. Heck, it could even be its flamboyant styling. Whatever it was, the AZ-1 was ahead of its time in a lot of different ways.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


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Technically, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has already made its way into the U.S. market. But that didn’t happen until 2003 when the Evo VIII became available. Unfortunately, the first seven versions of the street-legal rally car remain unicorns in the American market, at least until this year when the first iteration of the Lancer Evolution turns 25 years old. It’s now legal to register the OG Evo in the U.S., and the next few years should also open the doors for succeeding versions of the all-wheel-drive hero ride when they hit their respective magic numbers.

Ford Escort RS Cosworth


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The Ford Escort RS Bosworth sits in the same wheelhouse as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in that both trace roots to the rally racing world. Like the Lancer Evo, the Escort RS Bosworth was homologated for road use in 1992. It even received a good number of Cosworth bits and pieces, including the iconic YBT engine that has developed a cult following of its own. That engine was capable of producing 227 horsepower and together with its top-flight handling and all-wheel drive capabilities, it was able to run on any kind of surface and speed up to around 137 mph. Having been built by Ford of Europe, the Cossie never made it to the U.S., at least until this year when all 1992 models received their 25-year entry cards.

Alfa Romeo RZ


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Alfa Romeo has produced its share of memorable cars in its history, but very few captured the hearts and wallets of people like the RZ convertible. Designed in collaboration with Zagato, the RZ featured dramatic styling that emphasized the stylistic strengths of the Italian design house. It also came with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produced 210 horsepower, enough power to help make it a serious performer on the road. Combine that with the car’s race car-derived hydraulic suspension and those who are willing to spend time and money to bring the RZ to the U.S. could have a car that can grab serious attention.

BMW M5 Touring


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The BMW M5 Touring is not the sexiest car in this list. It might not even be the most prominent of its body type (more on that later). But it makes its way here because it achieved unicorn status when its sedan counterpart made its way stateside in 1992. That model went on to do well here in the U.S., but those who preferred the wagon version we’re out of luck. That all changed when the calendar flipped to 2017. Sure, it’s 25 years too late for the M5 Touring, but it’s worth noting that the car’s classic look still makes it a desirable piece of vintage BMW. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s powered by a straight-six engine that produced 311 horsepower.

Subaru Impreza WRX


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As awesome as it is to own a 1992 BMW M5 Touring, I’m not taking it over a same-year make of the Subaru Impreza. It was back in 1992 when the first versions of the Impreza came to life, and the performance-spec WRX variants quickly became sensations to every market they were sent to. Sadly, the U.S. was shut out from getting the OG Impreza WRX, depriving us of a car that featured a number of rally-inspired technology, including an all-wheel drive system, a stiffened suspension, and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that came with 240 horsepower. 2017 is the first year that we can get our hands on the car that started the WRX legacy. Now that the opportunity is here, expect a lot of collectors to try to get their hands on one.

Maserati Ghibli


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When Maserati introduced the third-generation Ghibli at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, it brought back a name that the Italian automaker hadn’t used since 1998. That was the last year of the second-generation Ghibli’s six-year production run, which began in 1992. The second-gen Ghibli will never upend the first-gen version in my mind, but if you’re looking for a four-door performance sedan from the early 1990’s to buy, few offer the kind of stories that the second-gen Ghibli has. Its persona non grata status in the U.S. for the past 25 years may be its defining trait, but it also came with some notable features, including a 2.0-liter V-6 engine that produced in excess of 300 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to a standard six-speed manual transmission, the second-gen Ghibli was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds on its way to posting a top speed of 156 mph.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS (964)


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The Porsche 911 Carrera RS (964) is a good example of a car that should be bought and registered as soon as it became eligible for road use in the U.S. It’s not as iconic as its predecessor, but it’s still the real deal. Emissions and safety regulations prevented us from enjoying it when first came out, but now that it’s been unshackled, you can get one this year in all its glory, including its 3.6-liter flat-six engine that produced 256 horsepower. In the event that you’re looking for one, you need to be quick at it because the model is already making a good case for itself as a sought-after collectible among Porsche collectors. Just last year, a 1991 Carrera RS 964 sold for around $200,000, roughly the same price you’ll have to pay for a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo. Now go imagine what the 1992 model will fetch in the same setting.

Honda NSX-R


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The last two cars on this list are without question the most desirable ones to get. First up is the Honda NSX Type-R, or NSX-R for short. You’ll get varying opinions about the original NSX-R, but those opinions most likely fall under the awesome and really awesome categories. Not only is the NSX-R regarded as the model that really brought to life Honda’s Type R brand, it also set a standard for performance cars that’s still held in high regard to this day. It doesn’t have mind-blowing power numbers — “only” 276 horses from a 3.0-liter VTEC V-6 engine — by today’s supercar standards, but everything else about the NSX-R is still impressive even by today’s standards. It was 256 pounds lighter than the standard NSX. It had a cabin that came with lightweight carbon-Kevlar seats. It had forged-aluminum Enkei wheels. It even had a stiffened chassis and suspension that made it potent on the track. The NSX-R’s legacy is cemented by its current status as a sought-after collectible among car collectors. It’s next to impossible to find one of these models today carrying anything less than a six-figure price tag.

Jaguar XJ220


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It’s only fitting that the holy grail of the “batch of 1992” is one of the first modern supercars to capture the world’s attention. The Jaguar XJ220 was, at one point, the fastest production car in the world. That record-setting achievement was largely due to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produced 550 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. With that kind of power, the XJ220 was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 212.3 mph. The supercar’s stranglehold on the “fastest production car” title even lasted for a few years until the McLaren F1 came along and beat it. That’s not a diss on the XJ220, but a compliment to how impressive of a supercar it really was. It took the McLaren F1, arguably the most important supercar of the modern automotive era, to usurp the XJ220 as the fastest production car in the world. To say that the Jaguar XJ220 is sought after in today’s collector’s scene is a gross understatement. It’s already reaching six-figure price tags on account of its status (only 275 were made) and history, and as the years go by, those prices will only go one direction: up, up, and away.

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BMW M5: Old vs New

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

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.

What makes the BMW M5 with M Performance Parts special

  • Carbon-fiber aerodynamics package
  • Carbon-fiber grille and mirror caps
  • M-style stripes
  • Race-spec steering wheel
  • Carbon-fiber shift paddles and lever cover
  • Custom floor mats
  • New telemetry system
  • Sportier coilover suspension
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes
  • New exhaust system

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“The already aggressive stance of the M5 is further enhanced by the M Performance aerodynamics package”

On the outside, the already aggressive stance of the M5 is further enhanced by the M Performance aerodynamics package, which includes a range of handcrafted, carbon-fiber parts. Up front, this package adds only bumper side vent surrounds, but the aero feature is complemented by carbon-fiber kidney grilles. The latter is a cool touch in terms of looks. Moving over to the sides, we can see carbon-fiber side sill extensions, also part of the aero package, and carbon mirror caps, a separate option.

Around back, the M Performance bundle includes a carbon-fiber rear spoiler (or the spoiler Pro upgrade) and a carbon-fiber rear diffuser. All told, these options not only optimize the sedan’s aerodynamics, but also reduce curb weight and enhance looks. Finally, you can also opt for the stripe package, which adorns the lower front bumper and lower doors in the traditional blue, purple, and red colors of the M division.


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“The package also features new carbon-fiber shift paddles and a carbon shift lever cover”

Plenty of interesting features to talk about inside the cabin too, starting with the M Performance steering wheel with distinctive geometry, pronounced Alcantara grip area, and carbon-fiber cover. The package also features new carbon-fiber shift paddles and a carbon shift lever cover. The motorsport-inspired looks are rounded off by M Performance floor mats.


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“Those who wish to capture their performance on film can opt for the Trackfix action camera holder”

Moving over to what’s not immediately noticeable, BMW developed the M Performance Drive Analyzer, which is described as an “innovative tool for recording and evaluating all important vehicle dynamics data.” The system analyzes and determines a range of performance factors such as engine data, speed and peak values, engaged gear, use of accelerator pedal and brakes, and lateral acceleration, working pretty much like a telemetry device. When recorded, the results can be directly shown on the smartphone as videos or graphic representations via the M Performance Drive Analyzer App, which is available free of charge to BMW customers. Those who wish to capture their performance on film can opt for the Trackfix action camera holder, which can be mounted in the threaded bush of the towing lug either at the front or rear end of the vehicle. This way you can make your own Nurburgring record attempt videos.


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M Performance unveiled under-the-skin upgrades too, starting with a coilover suspension with even sportier setup, which provides a more direct connection of the chassis to the road. The red coil springs. There’s also carbon-ceramic brakes with motorsports-derived pads, as well as an M performance sports exhaust system. The latter is available exclusively in the U.S. and Canada and features a titanium rear muffler, carbon-fiber tailpipe trim, and an optimized exhaust gas routing for enhanced engine roar. While the engine remained unchanged, BMW did introduce a new, handcrafted carbon-fiber cover.

Most of these parts will become available when the new M5 arrived in showroom in the spring of 2018, while some of them will hit the market in July.

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

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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