Chris Harris drives the BMW M550d xDrive, the first in the line of new BMW M Performance vehicles.
It has more torque than the space shuttle and BMW claims it will do over 40mpg. BMW also says it won’t be selling the car in the UK or the US, the places that DRIVE is most commonly viewed. But when something has 3 turbos, you’ve got to go drive it at 155mph: no? … asks Chris Harris.
Motor Trend has the 2012 F30 328i as the top gun among 8 sports sedans that it recently tested against each other. The 328i took first over the Volvo S60 T5, Mercedes Benz C250, Audi A4 Quattro, Lexis IS 250, Acura TSX, Infiniti G25 and Buick Regal GS.
MT editors spent all of three minutes declaring the BMW best in test and best in class. This was not just a win for the 328i — it was a massacre, a slaughter, doomsday, armageddon. Those are words … CONTINUED
The 2012 M5 deliveries keep rolling into M5POST as a lucky UK member has just brought his Azurite Black Individual F10 M5 home!
F10 M5 owners don’t seem to be at a lack of words when it comes to describing the euphoria of experiencing the new M5 for the first time as an owner, so check out the review inside.
We now have our first Singapore Grey F10 M5 delivery! The car went to lucky M5POST member Aussie F10M. As with all our other new M5 owners so far, he’s hardly able to contain his gushing, but that seems to be the trend with most everyone who experiences the 2012 BMW M5.
Aussie F10M has been kind enough to share his experience so far as well as some photos of his new baby, so please read on inside.
It seems that the 2012 M5 (F10) increasingly needs to look to full out sports cars in order to find the appropriate competition. Multiple outlets have already compared it against the Nissan GT-R and now Autoweek pits the F10 M5 against the Jaguary XKR-S in a showdown of two cars which possess both gentlemanlike and hooligan traits.
Motor Trend’s performance review of the F30 2012 335i sedan. The review puts the 335i F30 through the performance tests 0-60mph, 60-0 braking, quarter mile, lateral G’s.
They were able to accomplish a 0-60mph of only 4.7 seconds and the quarter mile in just 13.3 seconds. They also conduct a broader general review of many of the F30 335i’s aspects. Check out the video review inside.
BMW is closing the gap between its most powerful regular cars and the M GmbH’s ultra high-performance models. Under the “M Performance” moniker, a number of new vehicles will be released soon. Munich is starting out with several powerful diesel models, but gasoline-powered M Performance cars are sure to follow.
We had the chance to sample the M550d xDrive (official info thread) for an 85-mile drive, starting at the M GmbH’s headquarters in Garching near Munich and leading to a nice, Bavarian lunch stop at Gut … CONTINUED
Our first M3 CRT delivery! M3POST member igirl has taken delivery of the lightweight M3 CRT sedan, of which only 67 were made worldwide. Photos and initial review inside.
The M3 CRT sedan features 450hp at only 3,483 Pounds. The BMW M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) embodies a concentrated blend of state-of-the-art development expertise – inspired directly by motor sport – in the areas of drive system and chassis technology and intelligent lightweight design. It also represents the worldwide debut of a new … CONTINUED
Insideline puts the 2012 328i (F30) through a battery of performance tests on their own track to get some real life test results. Here are the results:
0-60mph: 5.9 sec
0-60mph (with 1 ft rollout): 5.5 sec
1/4 mile: 14.1 sec @ 98.9mph
60-0mph braking: 115ft
Skid Pad: 0.88g
Respectable results, but a bit slower than some other outlets have tested.
An alpine white F10 M5 has now been delivered to a site member – Singularity. Although the owner and car are now experiencing some wintry weather, we nonetheless get some nice insight and review of another new M5.
There’s now been several deliveries in our M5 forums and more to come as we head towards the warmer weather of Spring and especially when US deliveries begin this Summer.
The first test drives of the all new BMW M550d xDrive model [official info/specs] are underway and here is the first video footage courtesy of Sport Auto. The M550d represents one of BMW’s new lineup of M Performance Vehicles (together with the X5 and X6 M50d and upcoming M135i), which bridge the gap between standard series cars and M cars.
The M550d xDrive features an inline 6 cylinder diesel engine good for 381hp and 546lb-ft torque.
Its official factory quoted performance stats puts it at 4.7 sec 0-62mph … CONTINUED
Matt Farah (of Tuned) drives and reviews VF Engineering’s 700hp Supercharged BMW M3 (VF620). This M3 features a VF Engineering VF620 supercharger with KW 2 way Adjustable Club Sport Coilover kit w/ Front Camber Plates. Brakes are AP Racing – AP7100 368mm 6-piston Front Big Brake Kit and AP Racing – AP7150 356mm 4-piston Rear Big Brake Kit. Exhaust is Akrapovic Titanium Evolution Slip-On Exhaust System and Challenge X-Pipe Race+ (Catless), Stainless Steel.
Site member and owner of a new Silverstone II M5 (F10) shares with us some photos of his new beast, along with some emotional words on his experience so far with the new M5. Read on to see what a Ferrari F430 owner thinks of BMW’s newest F10 M5 model.
The 2012 328i (F30) impresses again as Motor Trend comes in with their review and performance results of the F30 328i Sport Line model they recently tested.
In performance results, the 328i with its touted N20 turbo 4-cylinder engine managed to achieve a 5.6 second 0-60mph, quarter mile in 14.2 seconds @ 97.8 mph, and 0.90g on the skidpad.
All in all, Motor Trend feels that the 328i is better than the 335i. As they put it: Want to know the real kicker? Don’t tell BMW, but … CONTINUED
Well respected automotive reviewer Chris Harris drives the F10 M5 and the Nissan GT-R. He admits that the two are not really rival cars, but what’s important is that the two are both great cars he enjoyed immensely (just look at his reaction), and in which he appreciated every mile and every minute.
Site member clar, owner of both a frozen grey F10 M5 and E92 M3, has now completed run-in / break in on his new M5 and is able to give a proper performance review and comparison of his M5 versus M3.
See this excellent review inside as clar covers power, steering, handling, and more of his two M cars.
European Car reviews the new BMW M5 F10, which they call BMW’s twin turbo superhero. Their conclusion? The new M5 is every bit as tractable as the E60 M5 and its chassis and brakes are flat out superior. Unlike the E60 M5, the new M5 is more user friendly.
Where: Monterey, California – January 30-31, 2012
What: F30 US Press Launch. First Test Drives of 2012 335i and F30 6 speed
How: 2 days with F30 3 Series, including a half day on the Laguna Seca track.
Background: I’ve owned an E90 325i (auto) and current car is E90 M3 (6-speed MT).
335i (With 6 Speed Manual):
The all new 2012 335i sedan is powered by the N55 single turbo twin-scroll turbo inline-6 cylinder engine (with direct injection and valvetronic), in the same form as the outgoing 2011 … CONTINUED