We bring you the first ever photos of the 2012 F10 M5 with its rear camouflage completely removed, but what’s underneath is a surprise. It appears to be a 550i bumper (shown by the slanted rectangular exhaust cutout). Perhaps the 550i bumper is on merely for testing? Or is BMW having a little fun with us? Either one is fine with us as we hope the final M5 rear bumper design is more aggressive than this.
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In case you missed this information (as it was added later), BMW insider Scott26 has disclosed plans for an 6-series M Gran Coupe, two gasoline versions, two diesel versions, and an ActiveHybrid version. The tentative release and sales schedule has also been provided – Summer 2012 debut in Paris or Beijing and on sale in late 2012.
The M Flight Club attended M Fest Europe yesterday at the Mendig Airfield in Germany. The M Flight convoy was 20 M cars deep and consisted of members from Germany, Belgium, and Holland. The event was not a show-only affair, as there was also a road course available and a drifting competition. Photos from the event inside.
Not only do we get to be jealous of the Autobahn, but also German BMW dealership certers like the BMW Zentrum Sinsheim. The dealership floor features a3.0si ///M, M1, Isettas, 2002, Z1, motorbikes, late models, and technology displays on its floor. What a great way to pass the time browsing while waiting for service or maintenance.
In the biggest story of accomplishment at Saturday’s American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3 GTs scored 2nd and 3rd place finishes in a triumph of race strategy at BMW’s home track. Recovering from an unfortunate qualifying result which placed the team at the rear of the starting grid, drivers Tommy Milner and Bill Auberlen finished 2nd,, while co-drivers Dirk Muller and Joey Hand scored 3rd place and set the fastest GT-class lap of the race (Hand) at 0:55.943 seconds.
Dutch tuning company Mosselman has announced their M3 MSL which is claimed to achieve a most impressive 500hp / 354lb-ft tq at just 4200rpm. This power is achieved with a redesigned carbon intake system, Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, Camshafts, cylinderheads, and custom software. To help handle that power is a custom suspension and 4-piston brake system.
Look good bits include an adjustable CF front splitter, a CF rear diffuser, CF trunk lid spoiler, and 20″ Mosselman wheels.
BMW has issued a recall for 2010 and 2011 5-series and 5-series GT models for a faulty fuel sensor which may result in inaccurate fuel levels. Some of our F10 sedan owners have also been reported being contacted about a fuel sensor recall or having their cars held at VPC for the replacement. F10 owners should make sure to check with your dealers.
A lucky CAR Magazine journalist recently had chance to drive all the M3 generations back-to-back (provided to journalists who attended BMW’s M3 GTS / 1M event in Spain. Think you know how they compare from reading online or some real life experience? See if this journalist agrees.
It’s official! BMW officials at the Gran Coupe Welt premier have acknowledged that this concept car will join the coupe and cabrio in the next 6-series lineup. We have been told that it will be marketed as the “6-series Gran Coupe” and will be BMW’s first sedan “coupe,” to take on the likes of the MB CLS and Porsche Panamera.