DRIVE looks back at the generations of the 2013 F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 and examine the new body-control technologies that manage its weight, and help them perform like smaller, lighter cars.
Autocar India conducts its annual Autocar Trackday 2012, pitting India’s 11 best driver’s cars against each other at the hands of Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
Three BMWs were included in the competition, including the 2013 F10 M5, F30 328i, and 640d Coupe. See the results inside.
The segment for each car starts at:
F30 328i - 5:57min
640d Coupe - 7:36min
F10 M5 - 9:54min
F30 328i - 2:5.7 (car was suspension blocks!)
640d Coupe - 2:1.9
F10 M5 - 1:57.1
Here’s how the 328i, 640d, and M5 compare on paper (factory quoted specs):
F30 328i - 240hp / 255lb-ft / 0-60 5.4s
640d Coupe - 315hp / 465lb-ft / 0-60 5.2s
F10 M5 - 560hp / 501 lb-ft / 0-62 4.4s
In addition to the great comparison review between his new 2013 F10 M5 and F10 550i, M5POST member kamichael now shares with us a great set of comparison pics between the M5 and 550i. See inside.
Many of our M5POST members took delivery of their brand new M5 beasts this weekend and one of them - a former F10 550i owner gives us his initial impressions of the M5 against the 550i, in particular the steering and ride comfort (suspension) settings.
Congrats to M5POST member Ilfan for being our very first U.S. F10 M5 owner !!! He just took delivery of an Alpine White 2013 M5 with Sakhir Orange interior in New Jersey. The 2013 M5 has just hit dealers and there are many other happy owners who will be taking delivery in the coming days.
BIMMERPOST shares with you our short term road test review of the 2012 BMW F10 M5, taken place over two weeks of daily driving with the M5.
Some people don’t like change. But BMW isn’t some people (or even a person), so it’s no surprise that they don’t mind change. Take the new BMW F10 M5 for instance: The mighty yet rushed 1 Series M Coupe and some M trucks aside, the new M5 is the first true M car to get a turbocharged engine. So, is it still a true M? After 14 days and roughly 2,000km in a 2012 Frozen Grey M5, I think I can give my subjective answer.
The F10 5 series is neither small nor light, and the same holds true … CONTINUED
The F10 M5 is now in service a the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC and an M5POST member was on hand to be one of the first lucky drivers to sample the new 2013 M5 at the facilities. As previously revealed, they all have the carbon ceramic rotors. This is his account of the experience:
In short, the car is fantastic. Some may miss the screaming V10 but the turbine like rush of acceleration, pulling hard from a slow corner even in 3rd, is mighty impressive. Second gear was even more impressive but I wasn’t brave enough in the short drive to explore the limits of MDM at corner exit.
Handling does feel to be the perfect mix of a smooth yet firm ride, and tight … CONTINUED
Road and Track compares the 2013 M5 against the Cadillac CTS-V. Will the M5 redeem some of the losses that the E60 M5 took against the latest CTS-V in the last years of the previous M5’s life cycle? See inside.
Chris Harris dusts off his 1986 E28 M5, the first M5 ever built (and by hand too), which he hasn’t driven for years. It still feels nuts to him today, so what the hell was it like for him in 1986? See inside.