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500BHP V10 | 0-60 : 4.7 | 19" Wheels | 7 Speed SMG | 19"s

Shame its so damn fugly from the side though...

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The new M5 is the first series-production sedan to receive its power from a free-revving ten-cylinder engine. The number 5 is significant, as the engine displaces 5.0 liters and produces 500 bhp with a maximum torque of at least 500 Nm. It goes without saying that these figures promise to deliver exceptional performance. In fact, the engineers predict the sedan will be capable of 0-62 mph in well under 5 seconds, with 125 mph coming up in around 13 seconds.

It is not merely the figures that are impressive, but also the technology that makes them possible. This specially-developed engine incorporates the best of BMW M engone technology, such as high-pressure VANOS, individual throttle butterflies, engine electronics developed by BMW's own engineers, and traverse force-regulated oil supply.

Not only has the Concept M5's engine descended from Formula 1 racing, so too has its drivetrain. The BMW Concept M5 stands out from others by offering the most innovative drive concept in its class. Gearchanges are handled through a completely new 7-speed SMG gearbox with origins in F1.

Power is nothing with the ability to control it. The Concept M5 continue to pursue the concept of lightweight construction to achieve exceptional levels of both longitudinal and lateral dynamics, and should offer the best power-to-weight ration in this segment of the market. Based on the excellent all-aluminum suspension already in use on the new 5- and 6-Series, BMW's engineers have designed the Concept M5 for maximum comfort, whether cruising the open highway, navigating busy urban traffic, or putting it through its paces on the Nurburgring. Specially-tuned DSC and a variable M-type limited-slip-differential further ensure optimum driving behavior in all situations.

Enhancing both the appearance and the handling of the car, the Concept M5 rides on special light-weight alloy wheels. The rear wheels are a full 9 1/2 inches wide and wear specially-designed, extra-wide 285/35ZR-19 tires. At the front, 255/40ZR19 tires on 8 1/2 inch wide wheels are controlled by a newly designed Servotronic steering system. A reinforced braking system was developed especially for the Concept M5, enabling the driver to take full control of the engine's phenominal power.

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Quote: posted by Mikedav on 17/03/2004 22:14:54

Shame its so damn fugly from the side though...

Is it nice from any angle!
 

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the new 7 took a while for me to get used to, as a hardcore ///M fan, i think this M5 is going to be the best M5 they have ever produced!

cant wait till they release it!!
 

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I saw an article outlining all of the new //M models, BMW have planned everything: M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M7 and M8 and apparently they are not just pipe dreams, but actual production models.

It's all due to a new fella (no idea what his name is, Im sure one of you know) taking over the //M side of things.

Jaguar-R, Mercedes-AMG and especially Audi-S/RS are catching them more and more each year, they need to really up the game!!
 

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Quote: posted by S1R SS on 17/03/2004 22:52:27

I saw an article outlining all of the new ///M models, BMW have planned everything: M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M7 and M8 and apparently they are not just pipe dreams, but actual production models.

It's all due to a new fella (no idea what his name is, Im sure one of you know) taking over the ///M side of things.

Jaguar-R, Mercedes-AMG and especially Audi-S/RS are catching them more and more each year, they need to really up the game!!
 

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I quite like it but it's still not quite right. Doesn't seem massively fast for 500bhp either, how much does this thing weigh.
 

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I wonder how long it will be before I'll have the pleaseure of being stuck behind one of those in the fast lane going 55mph?

I can't wait.. I'm an exhaust-note pervert!

- Toff.
 

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I'm no fan of the 7 series and the new 6 series is fugly too but I have to say, I think the 5 series is pretty sweet. I've seen a couple in black and silver and they looked really smart. As for this M5 - awesome.
 

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I think that will look evil in the metal, when you see light play along the sides as it cruises slowly like a hungry shark or blasts past on the motorway[:D].

Most of these new Bangle BMW's look odd in the lower specs. Flesh out the wheel arches and give it a discreet areo kit and they look a whole lot better.

I drove behind a new gunmetal 645 yesterday and I have to say that I thought it looked incredible. It made E39-era styling look way out of date. I even didn't mind the bustle boot-lid when seen in 3D context. The LED rear lights were a work of art. It caught passers by's attention and their reaction was positive too.

I wouldn't give this styling direction a 100% thumbs up, but I don't believe it is the disaster it's cracked up to be.
 

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the 6 series was intervened while bangle was doing his work from what I have heard that is why it does not look as bad as other bangle's,

still the M5 looks good but as most will know I have never been a big BMW fan so I will await the new RS6 twin turbo 5.0 V10 !!!!
 

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The engine, whilst a tour de force, is a bit of a let down: Yes it has 500bhp (helped I'm sure by the fact that it revs to 8.5k!) but the same 370lb/ft as it's predecessor.

Still, I need to see one before deciding it's going to be my next car...
 

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I think it's stunning, who gives a t[:O]s what it looks like! Just imagine what it would feel like from the drivers seat[:D] Think back to when the Impreza Turbo came out, everyone called that ugly (and I think we can agree it's still no oil painting) but dynamically it took years for anyone to catch up.

When you compare what the M5 is capable of what really comes close? E55/RS6? From experience of BMW/Audi/Mercedes ownership I would suggest that the E55 could stay with it but would be very clinical and driving it fast would mean substantial intervention from the 'gizmos', the Audi would have similar speed and better grip in the wet from the 4wD but neither wouldn't have that 'X' factor that the ///M Gmbh people can gift a car with.
 
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