• May 29, 2007
The legend we had always known was that BMW and Mercedes-Benz had a gentleman's agreement in place not to go after the Porsche 911. For whatever reasons, building a proper two-seat sports car was out of the question, though both build heavier and more accomodating grand touring machines that manage to skirt around the 911's segment.
Then came the Audi R8. Being stuck in third place of a three-man race has forced Audi to branch out into new segments, and the R8 is a bold statement that might make someone shopping a 911 think twice. Audi's bite of the forbidden fruit has apparently opened the door enough for BMW to consider a proper two-seat sports car. Sure, the M6 is plenty powerful with its 500-horse V10, more powerful than the R8 actually, but it's a pretty porker that can carry four people.

German outlet Auto Zeitung is reporting that BMW has begun work on an R8/911 competitor. To be called the M10, this front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe would be the spiritual successor to the M1 and Z8. Though BMW has dabbled with carbon fiber in some of its recent designs, the M10 would likely be almost completely covered in the material to keep weight around 3,000 lbs. Power for the M10 could come from either the M3's 420-hp, 4.2L V8 or the corporate 5.0L V10 producing around 550 horsepower. We would expect both engines to be offered so that BMW could square off the M10 against the R8 and RS8, as well as the 911 and 911 Turbo.

If BMW is working on such a car, development is going on behind many closed doors and any official info is far off. Regardless, such a car makes sense for the brand that purports to build ultimate driving machines.

[Source: Auto Zeitung via Motor Authority]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The 400 hp and 500 hp variants of the Mercedes SL don't count?
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, not in the true sports car segment they don't.
        When was the last time you saw a Mercedes SL in a car race?
      • 7 Years Ago
      this toyota car argument is silly, no matter who wants to argue it, when people think of "racing cred" in the global car community, toyota definately would not be near the top

      I dont know about the company's WRC history but its important to note that building a 911 killer and a rally car are very different things, rally cars are some of the most amazing cars out there but they are not tarmac-chewing, track-devouring road cars, you wouldn't compare a Mitsubishi evo with a gallardo would you?

      oh and stefan, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is generally considering one of the most prestigious and most important global motorsport events ever since its creation, winning that is a very big thing
      And i find it funny you would mention Audi's WRC experience, and not even mention the company's history in grand prix racing as Auto Union
      • 7 Years Ago
      #BKadalur

      You realy don't watch bestmotorig, europe's best cant beat a mine's supra.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The World Rally circuit is a fine achievement, Stefan, but the main events for motorsport (including such like F1 and even IRL) have been almost complete disasters for a company as big as Toyota.

      But does your argument honestly rest on the notion that you can pack 1,000+ horses into a Toyota? That's weak man. Go buy some TRD...for performance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will BMW continue with their bone-headed decisions with the M10? Such as no oil dipstick, engine temperature gauge or spare tire like the rest of thier lineup?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why a front engine car? That's the M6.

      Make a mid-engine 6er and get rid of the laughable back seats.

      • 7 Years Ago
      By the time that M10 arives the R8 will all ready be beaten dead by the lexus LF-A,
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean by the "automatic only" lexus LF-A ? Right .....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are you high?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since stefan feel like talking about Tuner companies let's talk about Germany's Brabus which tunes Mercedes. The engines only go to 730Hp but they restrict the Torque because it would melt the rear tires. Does Toyota have a 4-door car that will come anywhere near 227MPH like the CLS-based Brabus Rocket. Didn't think so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      経営状況
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe BMW will finally go back to what BMW was, today they are overbloated lux mobiles. They used to be small sporty cars with some nice luxury. That Lexus/Toyota thing is insanity, I can pack as much horsepower as I want in whatever I want, it's just a function of how much I want to spend and how long I want it to last. Hell I can get 5,000hp in my miata if I really wanted to.... think of all the twisted frames, now wouldn't that be exciting?
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the M10 isn't mid-engine it will be more directly comparable to a Corvette than a 911 or R8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Proud Jap: They don't compete, because they can't compete. Even the Maserati MC12 racecar with 600+hp/1100kg stats was soundly beaten by the lesser power Japanese GT cars in the Super GT series. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maserati_MC12#Super_GT

      As for "Does Toyota have a 4-door car that will come anywhere near 227MPH like the CLS-based Brabus Rocket. Didn't think so."

      Fact is that Japanese have more sense not to make a '4-door 227mph family car'... i mean, who in is stupid enough to want to take the whole family for a 227mph drive down the highway? lol
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