M5POST member RPiM5 shares with us his direct experience after six months of F10 M5 ownership, compared to his time with the E60 M5 (his car prior to the F10 M5).
Best things about the E60 M5:
1. S85 V10 engine! (with aftermarket exhaust, there’s almost no equal to the exhaust note. This is even more true if you do aftermarket headers!)
2. Smaller size of E60
3. Lighter weight of E60
4. SMG Transmission (Almost no other transmission can rattle the fillings out of your teeth like S6 mode can!)
5. Adjustable Side Bolsters
6. Active Side Bolsters
7. The option for comfort seats rather than just sport seats.
Worst things about the E60 M5:
1. S85 V10 engine! (reliability!!!)
2. Reliability of everything else … CONTINUED
It’s no secret that the upcoming BMW 4 Series Coupe (F32) has its sights set squarely on competing with the Audi A5 coupe, and we’ve now spotted the F32 being tested directly against the A5.
Seen here is a F32 435i prototype (powered by N55, at least initially upon the model’s introduction) parked next to the Audi A5, following some direct testing and during a lunch break for BMW engineers.
The photos give us a first look at how the 4 Series Coupe looks compared the A5, as well as a glimpse of it next to the F30 3 Series sedan. It’s difficult to judge exact dimensional differences from the photos, but it’s interesting to see the similarities and differences between the two directly competing models – … CONTINUED
A look at the ‘old’ versus ‘new’ – an E46 M3 in Steel Grey next to the F30 M Sport in Mineral Grey.
Autobild is the first to get its hands on the recently revealed 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) (F34) for a side by side comparison with the 3 Series Touring (F31).
Their conclusion? After scoring several categories, they have the 3GT squeaking by the touring by just one point overall (67 to 66). The GT gets the nod for easier access, better features, usability, and versatility; but loses on cargo loading.
A F30POST member shares his feedback and review of the F30 3 Series M Sport Adaptive versus M Sport Passive suspensions, on otherwise identical cars.
The test cars were both F30 330d M Sport, Servotronic Steering, 18″ Wheels, Bridgestone tires, and in Sport Mode.
Watch as a member’s F13 M6 Coupe takes down a Nissan GT-R from a roll (at 50km/h or 31mph) and in second gear. The GT-R may be godzilla from a dig (standing start), but the M6 eats godzilla on this day from a roll.
EVO takes a look at four greats from a soon-to-be old school group of cars. They will be considered ‘old school’ not just because of their age, but because of new technology and the changing demands on performance cars.
Why has EVO gathered these cars up for a day of driving fun, but also lament? Because the M3 and the others cars in this group are “united under a dark cloud of recent or imminent death. Of course there will be another GT3, another M3 and another Clio Cup, but they won’t quite be the same. The cars that replace these machines will each lose something at the burning core of their appeal.”
So, these cars are “a celebration of genuine evo Hall of Famers, one final … CONTINUED
French automotive magazine Motorsport takes a Competition Package equipped BMW M3 to the track for some lap time testing on the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France. Spoiler results below video.
Review by Chris Harris pitting the BMW M6 (F13) against the Mercedes SL63 AMG.
With over 1100hp combined these are the ultimate super-heated GT cars. Fast enough to match a 911 Turbo, comfy enough to cruise a continent.