We have added a live-look video of the BMW M underground garage for your viewing pleasure. It hopefully gives our readers a better sense of the mystique and aura of the environment, which only added to the truly special moment and the heritage of the collection of cars we were witnessing.
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What a treat. While covering the M Event in Germany today, Jason and Southlight were invited to tour the BMW M facility, including underground into BMW M’s garage. No not the employee parking garage– THE GARAGE. Yes, the garage where BMW M stores a copy of every single M car ever made. Many of them you or I have never seen or heard of before. Cars that we may have thought about or dreamed about, but never materialized.
The event itself was a special BMW M Press Conference at M GmbH headquarters in Garching, Munich, held in the M Studio. First up was the press conference where the M3 pickup rolled into the M studio. It was finally (and not surprisingly) announced as an April Fool’s Joke. … CONTINUED
We recently posted the F10 M5 [URL="http://f10.5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=501764"]teaser and trailer (with commentary)[/URL] from BMW, but here’s the raw uncut footage, featuring nothing but the visuals and sounds from the F10 M5 undergoing winter testing. 30 minutes of pure unadulterated F10 M5 goodness. The F10 M5 concept’s debut is nearly upon us so stay tuned for coverage!
Speculation around possible transmission options for the upcoming F10 M5 continues. Last week relieving news trickled in as EVO’s Chris Harris and other outlets confirmed that BMW will not resort to their widely used 8-speed ZF automatic transmission but instead use a beefed up 7-speed M-DCT for the M5. This leaves one remaining ‘mystery’ regarding M5 transmission options — whether there will be a manual transmission available. German Focus appears to know more on the matter as they mention in a today’s article about fast sedans:
“A manual transmission will again be available for the M5 - but for the US market only where operating a manual gearbox is still not considered troublesome.”
This makes perfect sense as BMW surely doesn’t want to have the ‘E60 M5 … CONTINUED
While we’re all waiting for its official debut, BMW continues testing FEP prototypes of the F10 M5. Spotted in SoCal, here are more pictures of a beautiful M5 in Silverstone II, a nice silver color with a light blue hue already known from the E60 M5. The previous Silverstone II sighting was at the Schipol Airport in the Netherlands.
The M5 will feature a twin-turbo twin-scroll V8 with an output of at least 555hp (internal code S63) and — according to latest reports — mated to a 7-speed DCT transmission. Expect the M5 to make its first appearance as a concept at the Shanghai Motor Show in April with the production version being one highlight of the IAA Frankfurt this September. BMW will help us waiting by … CONTINUED
More test drive reviews of F10 M5 prototype are trickling. Following Chris Harris’ review last week, two German publications just published their first impressions on the F10 M5. Both Autobild and AMS confirm that a 7-speed DCT will be used, and both hint at an output of 560hp. According to AMS, BMW has also developed a new Limited Slip Differential. While the actual lock is still performed by visco clutches it now is able to work proactive and build-up lock even before one wheel loses traction.
Here are some select quotes that caught our attention:
“Once the engine is started the new M5 welcomes you with a raw sound - When wanted the engine makes a raspy scream.”
“In order to avoid the power merely making for smoke … CONTINUED
We bring you more photos of the F10 M5 in beautiful monte carlo blue! Seen here is the expected production form of the F10 M5, with only front and rear details under any major camouflage. It is easy however to piece together what they look like from previous spy photos (posted below). The new M5 will be powered by a tweaked version of the S63 V8 twin turbo motor from the X5M/X6M, good for what we believe will be 585-600hp.
Also pictured are the best interior spy photos yet, showing the DCT transmission and full black panel dashboard.
The F10 M5 concept will bow at the 2011 Shanghai show next month (with an internet reveal sometime prior) and the production M5 is expected to premier at the 2011 … CONTINUED
We’ve posted below the newest F10 M5 trailer and a separate extra length testing video, complete with commentary (and our English translation) from the test drivers. Enjoy the sights and sounds inside!
What makes for a great video? EVO’s Chris Harris and a pre-production F10 M5 on snow surely isn’t the worst thing to start with. Following two F10 M5 teaser videos on M-Power.com last week, this video shows Chris Harris going sideways in an F10 M5.
There’s also some more information on EVO.co.uk. BMW apparently confirmed with Chris Harris that the new M5 will have at least 555hp (that’s the output of the X5 M and X6 M) and that “there’s a seven-speed DCT dual clutch transmission with three different shift speeds and a fully automatic mode. This is a huge relief after earlier reports hinted at an 8-speed automatic transmission.