The Porsche 917/LH (Lang Heck) long tail, designed for the 240 mph Mulsanne Straight of Le Mans, made famous (in shorter tail guise) by Steve McQueen in his 1971 film Le Mans. But it looks completely out of place sandwiched between a Ford Edge and Toyota Minivan in this car park underneath the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Amelia Island, Florida.
The following interview with Jürgen Poggel, Head of Engine Development, BMW M GmbH is re-published from m-power.com.
Q: Mr Poggel, what were the greatest challenges in developing the V8 engine for the new BMW M5?
It’s launch time for BMW’s new M5, a car which delivers the oddly juxtaposed characteristics of more performance with more efficiency, and amidst the vault of images is this one which illustrates the F10 M5’s horsepower advantage (552 bhp) over its E60 predecessor (500 bhp).
In just a few weeks time BMW will be offering a handful of enthusiasts the chance to drive the new F10 M5, the test will take place during the first half of August at an undisclosed location, but in order to stand any chance of being selected you must first be a registered user in the m-power.com Closed Room.
Ferrari’s brand new flagship V12 four-seater, the FF, was driven by James Martin, celebrity chef and presenter of BBC’s ‘Saturday Kitchen’, at the famous Goodwood hillclimb course today.
The 2010 Ferrari F10 single-seater, driven by Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver, Marc Gené, wowed the crowds today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Ferrari F10 was previously driven by Fernando Alonso during his fight for the title last season, notching up race wins in Bahrain, Germany, Italy, Singapore and Korea.
BMW has released further insights into the new F10 M5 on their popular user blog, m-power.com. Adopting more of a narrative style, the article looks at some of the key technical features being introduced on BMW’s fastest performance model.
BMW has just released UK specific information on its new F10 M5 and there are some rather nice surprises when we dig into the details. Firstly the price, which at £73,040 on-the-road undercuts the X5 M and X6 M by £7,755 and £9,150 respectively, but perhaps more importantly pitches the M5 some £400 below the less powerful 517 bhp Mercedes E63.
You know the drill. The monthly magazines are provided with an early scoop on a new launch, so that they can prepare their front-page layouts and ensure the car maker’s promised-child appears prominently in their next issue. Then in fear of being gazumped by another magazine, the said monthly decides to leak a few images on the interweb, thus earning them oodles of backlinks and saving at least £10k in search marketing costs.
Following yesterday’s leaked images of the M5 Concept, from the event held last Friday in Munich, BMW have now officially unveiled details of its newest M model leading up to the car’s debut at the Shanghai Auto Show on 19th April.
In just a few hours we’ll be able to pore over the details of BMW’s new M5 Concept, prior to its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show on 19th April. Pictures leaked out over the weekend, showed the undisguised car in the traditional BMW M concept-car paint finish, “Chrome Shadow”, after the car was revealed to the press at a private gathering in Munich last Friday.
BMW’s new F10 5-Series has been out for just over a year, and whilst its a worthy and very capable executive saloon, the model we’ve all been waiting for is the M5 – traditionally the fastest car in BMW’s line-up.