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.”
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Ex Stig Ben Collins has reviewed a an F10 535i M Sport as part of a executive saloon showdown. He rated the F10 535i 5 out of 5 stars in the performance category, calling the modern generation of BMWs very impressive. Check out the full review inside from the Stig!
EVO reviews 25 years of the M5. This great read covers the E28, E34, E39, E60 M5 generations after back to back drives on the famed Nurburgring. We can’t wait to see what they have to say about the F10 M5, a concept version of which is scheduled to be unveiled next month.
Here’s a great M3 video review by the guys at Flatoutproject, featuring three M3s being run and reviewed in the Alps, along with some scenic stops along the way.
The turbo 4-cylinder N20 engine has impressed Autoweek in their first experience with it, in an X1 28i. They felt that it was terrifically refined, always urgent, with particularly strong low-end attributes and impressive flexibility across a wide range of revs. In addition, the N20′s power builds in a smooth, free revving fashion without any hint of turbocharger lag. Overall, they called this newest BMW engine pleasing to drive and highly efficient. Full review inside.
Fifth Gear has reviewed the all new 2011 BMW X3, with particular emphasis on comparing it against the previous (1st gen) X3. See inside for Fifth Gear’s reaction to the 2011 X3.
Here’s the comparison we’ve all been waiting for – Top Gear’s comparison between the E92 M3 with Competition Package and the Audi RS5. We won’t spoil the result for you, but the comparison starts 4:40 into this video.
Some weeks ago, we brought you information on BMW’s new turbo inline 4 petrol engine (N20B20) making its debut in the X1 xDrive 28i. Reviews from the first new X1 xDrive 28i press drive event in Slovenia are slowly trickling in this week, so here’s a roundup so far.
In sum, all reviews out so far have nothing but good words for the new engine. The only drawback mentioned coming from the N52 is the engine sound. Other than that, all mags loved the low end torque which BMW apparently managed to combine with enough grunt at the higher revvs.
FYI, BMW has also hinted at the 1-series hatchback and the 3-series getting this engine when the new models launch later this year and early next year, respectively.
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Autocar UK provides its first drive review of the all new 650i convertible, calling it a positive step forward and a more complete car than its predecessor – in all areas. Here is what they had to say.