The BMW F10 M5 ring taxi started testing this week upon the opening of the Nurburgring testing season and we’ve now spotted not just one, but twin M5 ring taxis making their rounds on the Nurburgring, presumably for some final tweaking and evaluation. See some footage of the ring taxis inside.
Autobild pits the new M5 (F10) against the main competitors in the medium-large sports sedan segment – the CTS-V, E36 AMG with Performance Pack, and the Jaguar XFR. See inside for the comparison and track results from and between these impressive cars.
BMW Group Design sets benchmarks – not least when it comes to the number of prizes it picks up. The red dot award: product design 2012 sees the BMW Group celebrating 11 of the internationally coveted accolades, including the highest seal of quality – the “best of the best” – for two of its products: the BMW AirFlow 2 helmet and the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R motorcycle. The red dot award also goes to the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW M5, BMW 1 Series M Coupe, BMW C 600 Sport, BMW C 650 GT, BMW K 1600 GT and BMW G 650 GS. In addition, the BMW 3 Series Sedan receives an “honourable mention”. The awards will be presented at the … CONTINUED
The famous E60 M5 Ring Taxi was retired at the end of the 2010 season, with the E90 M3 Ring Taxi taking over duties for 2011. With the introduction of the all new M5 (F10) however, it looks the mighty M5 will again resume its Ring Taxi duties for the upcoming year/season.
Seen here for the first time is the F10 M5 Ring Taxi hitting the ring wearing its Ring Taxi uniform – in white with M stripes and Ring Taxi decals. It underwent many laps of hard testing runs on one of the first days of the 2012 Nurburgring testing season and it appears ready to begin taking passengers when the ride season begins.
It will be driven by the instructors from the BMW Driving Experience Program … CONTINUED
Remember the M5-M3-S1000 burnout videos posted recently? BMW Mexico has released a video from the same event, which shows some on track action between the M3, S1000RR superbike, and F10 M5 piloted by BMW DTM driver Augusto Farfus.
The all new 2012 BMW M5 (F10) Top Gear episode has just aired. We won’t play spoiler, but BMW and M5 fans will be pleased. It’s reviewed by Richard Hammond and pitted against the predecessor E60 M5 as well. Check out the video and review inside.
The 2012 BMW M5 F10 finally gets its time on Top Gear tomorrow, March 11 on BBC UK. Richard Hammond will be the reviewer and in an attempt to prove it is better than a jet plane, pits May in a jet plane to beat him in a lap of the track. UK members set your TV recorders, and everyone else, look for clips online soon after the episode airs at 8PM UK time. Small preview inside.
We bring some news directly from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. We had an opportunity to chat with BMW M President Dr. Friedrich Nitschke earlier today at the show and contrary to earlier reports from BMW insider SCOTT26, Dr. Nitschke ruled out M versions of the current X3 or Z4 for the current generation.
When asked about a possible Z4M, Dr. Nitschke said: “In the current generation we won’t bring a Z4M, but for the successor we’re thinking about it.” Dr. Nitschke went on to say in regards to the X3M: “Also, with the current X3, we won’t bring an M version, but with the successor generation we’ll see.”
The F11 M5 Touring was also ruled out. Again, coming directly from Dr. Nitschke: “with the current M5 we … CONTINUED
The BMW M550d xDrive, one of the first offering in BMW’s new M Performance vehicle lineup is making its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, together with the X6 M50d. Both vehicles, together with the F11 touring M550d and X5 M50d, will be launched into the market in just a few weeks. The M550d sedan has been receiving rave reviews from the automotive press who have tested the vehicle.
The M550d sedan and touring feature the following specs:
- Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, aluminium crankcase, three turbochargers (high-pressure, with variable turbine geometry), common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors, maximum injection pressure: 2,200 bar.
- Displacement: 2,993 cc,
- Output: 280 kW/381 hp at 4,000 – 4,400 rpm,
- Max. torque: 740 Nm (546 … CONTINUED