The new BMW M5 info and photos

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Yesterday BMW Press Group released info about the new BMW M5:

At a glance

  • Fifth generation of the world’s most successful high-performance saloon in the premium segment of the executive class; new BMW M5 is an exceptionally dynamic high-performance sports car with four doors and five seats; consistent  further development of the vehicle concept initiated in 1984 with the first-generation BMW M5; compelling track potential combines with the comprehensive practicality of a luxurious business saloon; groundbreaking character headlined by significantly improved efficiency, supreme long-distance comfort, and innovative driver assistance systems and infotainment functions.
  • World premiere of a newly developed BMW M high-performance engine: high-revving 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo package – consisting of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Injection petrol direct injection and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control; 412 kW/560 hp at
    6,000 – 7,000 rpm, maximum torque: 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) from 1,500 rpm; lag-free power delivery, typical M car thrust.
  • Significantly improved balance between performance and fuel consumption: acceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds,
    0–200 km/h (124 mph) in 13.0 seconds, top speed: 250 km/h / 155 mph (305 km/h / 190 mph with M Driver’s Package); average fuel consumption in EU test cycle: 9.9 litres/100 km (28.5 mpg imp); engine output 10 per cent up on predecessor model, maximum torque increased by 30 per cent, fuel consumption cut by more than 30 per cent; extensive Efficient Dynamics technology, including Auto Start-Stop function and Brake Energy Regeneration.
  • Power transfer to the rear wheels via the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic; traction-optimised automatic gear selection; Launch Control; Low Speed Assistance; automatically activated parking mode; M-specific gear selector; M leather steering wheel with shift paddles.
  • Hallmark M conceptual harmony produces superior performance characteristics with precise interplay of drive and chassis technology, aerodynamics and weight balance; power-to-weight ratio: 3.3 kg (approx. 7 lb)/hp; M-specific suspension (front and rear axle kinematics), M Servotronic steering, Dynamic Damper Control, DSC stability control system including M Dynamic Mode; bodyshell mounting using special panels; lightweight compound high-performance braking system.
  • Outstandingly agile handling thanks to innovative rear axle differential with Active M Differential; electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential enables fully variable distribution of drive between the rear wheels to optimise traction and stability in dynamic lane change manoeuvres and acceleration out of corners; degree of lock can be varied between 0 and 100 per cent according to the situation; fast, precise and pre-emptive responses thanks to constant data cross-checking between the Active M Differential and DSC stability control system, and monitoring of the accelerator pedal position, wheel speed and yaw rate.
  • Two individually configured set-ups for the car can be called up using the new M Drive buttons on the steering wheel; range of programmable parameters unique in the segment: accelerator responses, M Servotronic responses, Drivelogic shift program, DSC mode, Dynamic Damper Control and information in the Head-Up Display.
  • Characteristic body design with familiar M aesthetics reflecting the car’s extremely dynamic yet precisely controllable nature; specific design features contributing to performance characteristics; front apron with extremely large air intakes for the engine and brakes; athletically flared wheel arches to emphasise wide track; hallmark M “gills” with integrated indicator bars; aerodynamically optimised rear apron with diffuser between the right and left-hand pair of twin exhaust tailpipes; gurney-style rear spoiler on the boot lid; 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in exclusive double-spoke design.
  • Unique combination of sports car cockpit and luxurious ambience for the interior; M-specific instrument cluster in black-panel technology; newly designed, leather-covered centre console; M sports seats; standard specification also includes: Merino leather upholstery with extended features, exclusive Aluminium Trace interior trim strips, BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, electrically operated steering column adjustment, four-zone automatic climate control and ambient light.
  • Extensive range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive unmatched by competitors in this segment and beyond: M-specific Head-Up Display (standard), Adaptive Headlights for standard xenon light, High-Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Change Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, Surround View, Speed Limit Info, internet usage, extended integration of smartphones and music players, real-time traffic information and apps for receiving Web Radio and using Facebook and Twitter.
  • Almost all BMW 5 Series Saloon equipment options available, including Comfort Access, M multifunction seats, active seats, doors with Soft Close Automatic function, hands-free tailgate opening, electric glass roof, trailer coupling.
  • Specifications and performance:
    BMW M5: V8 petrol engine, M TwinPower Turbo technology with Twin Scroll Twin Turbo, cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Injection direct injection and VALVETRONIC variable valve control.
    Displacement: 4,395 cc, output: 412 kW/560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm,
    max. torque: 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) at 1,500 – 5,750 rpm.
    Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph): 4.4 seconds,
    acceleration 0 – 200 km/h (124 mph): 13.0 seconds,
    top speed: 250 km/h / 155 mph (305 km/h / 190 mph with M Driver’s Package).
    Average fuel consumption: 9.9 litres/100 kilometres (28.5 mpg imp),
    CO2 emissions: 232 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.

Source: BMW

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The official BMW Motorsport iPhone App – Edition Nuerburgring 2010

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Check out the latest BMW iPhone App in the Appstore.

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Description

Hold the power of BMW Motorsport in your hands.

Experience the fascination of BMW Motorsport in a completely new way. Don’t miss any of the latest news, images or video reports. Find out more about one of the most successful racing teams and its acclaimed drivers. Discover all the details of the BMW M3 GT2 thanks to Augmented Reality. Follow all the action with Team BMW Motorsport at the Nürburgring 24 Hours: a live ticker and position tracking mean you won’t miss one of the 86,400 seconds of this motorsport classic.

Features:

  • The latest news, images, videos and wallpaper from BMW Motorsport
  • Detailed information on the BMW M3 GT2
  • Background information on Team BMW Motorsport and its drivers
  • Information on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit
  • Live ticker and live standings from the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring
  • Position tracking of the Team BMW Motorsport cars.

Find the app at the Apple Appstore. And here is the BMW M Power Meter iPhone App.

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Press release: BMW Gran Coupe

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Check out this latest concept car from BMW.

Official Press release:

Elegance and dynamic performance at the first BMW Design Night in Beijing.

  • 23.04.2010
  • Press Release

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Munich. With an exclusive Design Night on the evening of the first press day at Auto China in Beijing (April 23rd to May 2nd 2010), BMW provides an in-depth insight into its design philosophy and development strategy. The program of the BMW Design Night is modular in structure and presents extensive background information on the premium automobile manufacturer’s innovative design culture. In addition to highlighting the long versions of the BMW 5 Series developed specially for the Chinese market, the main focus is on an elegant 4-door vehicle with striking dynamic proportions: the BMW Concept Gran Coupé.

The concept study on display symbolises the outstanding design expertise of BMW. The BMW Concept Gran Coupé concentrates the fundamental values of the brand. Its body design authentically captures a sense of superior dynamic performance and high-quality elegance. The shaping style, which follows a coherent pattern down to the last detail, convincingly visualises BMW’s philosophy as an automobile manufacturer. As with the Concept CS 2007, BMW once again sets new benchmarks in the design of 4-door coupes with a distinctive sporty character.

Based on a powerful tradition in this segment, the BMW Concept Gran Coupé carries the essence of brand values and the genes of BMW design into the future. The concept shows the classic features of all BMW coupes: the long wheelbase, the vaulted bonnet with forward-pointing lines, the set-back greenhouse, the flat silhouette, the coupe-style roof line and the short front overhang reflect the dynamic potential of the vehicle. The surface structures and the fact that the design quality is geared towards perfection illustrate the aspiration of the brand BMW to build 4-door high-performance coupes with the sportiest proportions and the most elegant design.

Spied: 2012 BMW M5 pics

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Check out this latest post on BMWblog.com.

The new BMW M5 is less than a year away from its world debut and test mules continue to be spotted throughout Germany. 2012 BMW M5 will be not only one of the most aggressive and the fastest M to date, but also the “greener” M to date. BMW plans to use several new technologies and a KERS system that will put the new M5 ahead of the current model, both in performance and fuel efficiency.

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The typical M5 and BMW M aerodynamic features are featured on the car. With the new 5er central grille being much larger, the central intake size has been diminished. Wheel arches are swollen to add some mass on the F10’s athletic body. A side air intake is placed underneath the character line which climaxes at the wheel arch. The side skirts are more sculptured allowing for good aerodynamics.

Read the rest of this post at BMWblog. And some more pictures at Jalopnik.

BMW M Power Meter iPhone App

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Check out the BMW M Power Meter App in the iTunes Store.

Experience driving pleasure in tenths of a second and m/s². While you feel the acceleration and dynamics of your vehicle, the BMW M Power Meter presents you with the hard facts.

App information:

Using integrated movement sensors it records the following performance data of your journeys in real time:

– Speed (mph / km/h)
– Forward acceleration (Forward g)
– Lateral acceleration (Lateral g)
– Travel time for a specified distance (e.g. 100 m)
– Acceleration to a specific speed (e.g. 0–100 km/h)

Get the BMW M Power Meter and start measuring your driving pleasure.
Available free of charge from the Apple App Store.

BMWVideopost.com 2009 – Flashback: week 52

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After some downtimes of my website i can now give you a flashback of week 52.

What happend for this week. Roadfly.com reviewed the 2009 E89 Z4. And i had a video from the BMW Vision Dynamics Concept by Edmunds. I also had a cool onboard video with a E46 M3 GTR on the Road Atlanta circuit. And a crazy guy that doesn’t deserve a beemer, F01 7-series drifting on a public road. And also an onboard video of the M3 GT2.

BMWVideopost.com 2009 – Flashback: week 51

Written by Tony on . Posted in M5, News

What happend this week:

I found a nice video of a new F10 M5 speculation render by Jon Sibal F10 BMW M5 Twin Turbo V8 Illustration. You can discuss more about this illustration here at M5board.com.

I also recieved a video from BMW-web TV about the World Premiere of the electric ActiveE 1-series. You can read more about the ActiveE Concept here. And there was also a spy video of the BMW 3-Series (F30) winter testing and BMW TV wishing us a Merry X-mas here.

World Premiere: BMW ActiveE Concept – 1 Series Electric

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bmw-activeE-1-series-11-655x436Introducing the BMW Concept ActiveE, the latest electric vehicle project under BMW Group’s initiative to produce vehicles that explore solutions to minimize environmental impacts while preserving the kinetic driving experience for which BMW has long been known. The BMW Concept ActiveE follows the all-electric MINI E as the second large-scale electric vehicle test program to be conducted in the hands of interested customers.

The BMW Group presents yet another milestone along the way to achieving CO2-free mobility. The BMW Concept ActiveE provides a taste of a purely electrically powered BMW. Focused on the requirements of practical use, the study is based on the BMW 1 Series Coupe and embodies the outstanding agility and characteristic driving pleasure of the 1 Series for the first time as part of an emissions-free drive concept.

At the same time, a brake torque is created which results in effective deceleration of the vehicle. This response enables a very comfortable driving style, especially at medium and constantly varying speeds. In urban traffic, some 75 percent of all deceleration manoeuvres are initiated without the need for the brake pedal. During Brake Energy Regeneration function, the vehicle’s brake lights are illuminated.

This brake effect acts on the rear wheels only. When the driver requires a higher level of deceleration, stepping on the brake pedal engages the conventional hydraulic braking system. If an emergency braking maneuver is required during braking, the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system applies selective braking and motor management measures to ensure that safe braking is always guaranteed.

The brake system is fitted with an electric vacuum pump which is activated on demand. Along with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) familiar from the production models of the BMW 1 Series, these features contribute to an increase in the overall efficiency of the vehicle.

Read the full article at: http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/12/16/world-premiere-bmw-activee-concept/

The next generation 2012 BMW 3-series

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Check out these sketches from Autocar of the new 2012 BMW 3-series. The new 3-series is expected to make its public debut at the 2011 Paris motor show.

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Talking exclusively to Autocar, a senior BMW source revealed that a ground-up rethink of the company’s biggest-selling model will ensure that the next-generation 3-series will “remain relevant even when it goes off sale in 12 years’ time”.

The new 3-series is expected to make its public debut at the 2011 Paris motor show. In its first incarnation, the new model is expected to offer class-leading aerodynamics, with a Cd figure of 0.24, as well as pioneering the use of three-cylinder engines in premium vehicles.

The 3-series is part of a new BMW strategy in which ‘premium’ is defined in terms of environmental compatibility. It is this strategy that has prompted BMW to pull out of Formula One from the end of this year.

The reinvention will step up a gear in 2016 when the 3-series undergoes a mid-life revamp. This is expected to represent the biggest technological step-change in car design for decades.

Sources say much of the underskin technology — such as the climate control system — will be completely re-engineered. Many of today’s in-car systems have in principle remained unchanged for decades.

BMW engineers are already years into programmes that will extend the reach of the company’s successful Efficient Dynamics fuel-saving tech to make all aspects of the 3-series — not just the engines — as energy-efficient as possible.

To this end, BMW has fitted thousands of existing customers’ cars with sophisticated black boxes that record all aspects of their use, helping engineers to plan the shape of future models.

For example, the research shows that of all BMW’s models, the 320d is driven the fastest and over the greatest distances by owners. This information will directly influence work on replacements for the 320d to optimise fuel efficiency in the light of this model’s particular duty cycle.

Much of this engineering work is also aimed at the future ‘electrification’ of the car.

BMW’s product planners expect most future car families — especially those in the premium sector — to come in both hybrid and fully electric forms.

This means the design of the car’s electrical architecture and ancillaries will have to be completely rethought to deal with being powered purely by battery. Insiders say headlamps, for example, will have to become far more energy-efficient.

Read the full article at Autocar here.

Spyshots 2011 E92 Coupe facelift and the E93 Convertible facelift

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Check out these new spyshot of the E92 and E93 mid cycle facelift. The most likely changes would be:

  • Front and Rear bumper
  • reworked head and tail-lights, maybe with LED
  • new interior
  • 2nd generation iDrive system
  • brake energy regeneration system
  • auto stop-start function
  • different tires

E92 Coupe Facelift

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E93 Convertibel Facelift

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More info and discussions on this topic can be found here: Bimmerpost.com and Motor Authority