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2012 BMW M5 [w/video]

Lose Two Cylinders, Gain Two Turbos, Take No Prisoners The first BMW M5, the humble E28 of 1984, had little idea of the performance bloodline it would sire. Its equally humble sales figures proved it: just 2,241 were built. Previous to the 2004 arrival of the E60 M5, the '84 original and the much better-selling E34 that succeeded it in 1988 both carried excellent inline sixes that offered between 256 SAE horsepower in the first-generation's North American trim and 340 European DIN horses by the end of its run in 1995. Good for their time. The E39 M5, however, was the first model in the... Read More

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    Featured: M-fographic breaks down the history of BMW performance machinery
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    Few characters carry the kind of clout among performance enthusiasts as the letter M. For 35 years now, that one letter has adorned over 300,000 BMWs, each tuned to deliver a higher degree of performance than the stock models on which they're based. The M division has worked up nearly 100 different models over the past third of a century, which can leave ...

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    Report: BMW readying competition pack for M5, M6
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    According to Car and Driver, citing a report at BMWBLOG, BMW will be offering performance upgrades – likely called the Competition package – for its M5 and M6 models (including the convertible and Gran Coupe versions of the M6). Both cars will continue to be offered with the normal 560-horsepower, 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engines, but ...

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    Review: 2013 BMW M5
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    The Sport Sedan Benchmark is More of Everything The BMW M5 continues to become more of everything year-over-year. BMW has taken their already solid performing outgoing model (the E60), and supplanted it with a car that does everything just better. The laundry list of improvements also includes, the aesthetics because there were many enthusiasts ...

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    Video: BMW M5 driver goes drifting through town
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    Just when you thought the level of ridiculous viral videos coming out of Eastern Europe had reached its plateau we are presented with an absolute gem. Looking like an audition tape for a remake of the movie Ronin, this eight minute long drift fest seems to have been prepped with a nominal support crew on busy public roads without any consideration of ...

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    Featured: Top 10 automotive oddities of the past year
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    With every publication hammering through their "best & worst" lists we couldn't help but wonder about the top news-making announcements and launches this year that sparked conversations, debates, and sometimes heated arguments amongst the enthusiast fray. After careful consideration we have compiled our first-annual list of the Top 10 automotive ...

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    Official: Playboy reveals its 2013 Cars of the Year
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    Vaunted men's magazine Playboy knows that its readers are nearly as interested in cars as they are in the female anatomy... sorry, we thought we could write that with a straight face. Anyway, the buff-book does occasionally fill some of its spreads with sexy metal, to accent all the rest of the sexiness. To wit, the magazine has unveiled its feature on ...

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    Video: Shootout: Tesla Model S beats BMW M5 in a drag race?
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    Okay, we'll admit speed isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you pull up next to an electric vehicle. Most of us still picture EV owners slowly surging from 0-100 km/h at a leisurely pace and sacrificing high performance in favour of zero emissions. Well think again my friends, as times are certainly changing fast and the Tesla Model S ...

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    Official: 2013 BMW M5 and M6 face potential catastrophic engine failures
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    Catastrophic engine failure... not exactly what you want to hear no matter what you're driving, but especially so when you've just purchased a brand-new 2013 BMW M5 or M6. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "a manufacturing process error" could cause the oil pump's driveshaft to separate from its rotor, leading "to a sudden ...

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    Video: Shootout video pits BMW M5 against Porsche Panamera GTS
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    It's not like we needed it, but the latest episode of Motor Trend's "Head 2 Head" is more proof that those who spend six-figures buy whatever they want (or more likely, they buy three or four of them), not necessarily what wins the spec war or a drag race. Jonny Lieberman took two German thunder chariots, the BMW M5 and Porsche Panamera GTS, to the ...

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    Report: 2013 BMW M5 may have more horsepower than reported
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    With the 2013 BMW M5 finally going on sale, we definitely saw this coming. BimmerPost recently got a hold of an engine dyno run for the new M5, and is reporting that the car's twin-turbo V8 is "severely" underrated. Officially, the M5's 4.4-litre V8 is rated at 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, but the dyno graph reveals numbers at the rear ...