• Sep 11th 2007 at 6:29PM
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Will the M5 get a twin-turbo and be joined by an M7? Mr. Lehmann and Co. have caught an M5 and a 7-Series with extra ventage. It's hypothesized that Audi has understated the RS6's pony count, telling the world it's 580 when it's actually 600. And now with both Mercedes and Audi outdoing the M in the horsepower war, the theory is that that's an insult BMW simply cannot allow. Hence the addition of double-barrel blowers to equalize the equation.

As for the possibility of an M7, all there is to see are a large scoop at the front of the hood and two smaller scoops at the rear. With years of AMG S-Classes and Audi S8's behind us, if there is an M7 on the way, all we can say is: it's about time.

[Source: World Can Fans]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      A lot of people on here are quite comical. BMW themselves have said that with a bit of mild tuning that the new S85 (the V10 in the M5/M6) is capable of 700bhp in N/A form. Hell, back in 1988, before all this mumbo about variable valve timing, variable intake tuning, and the like, M division were able to get 360bhp out of a 2.5l four cylinder! You can build a streetable 2.5l S14 that can pack 260-275bhp. Not bad for a twenty year old engine design! You have to remember, these are the guys that built the 6.1l V12 in the McLaren F1 that's good for just over 1,000bhp Naturally Aspirated!

      Plus, M division explicitly said that they'd never build an M7 or an M-X5. They came close building that X5 with the V12 from the LMP1 car, but that's it.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The V10 might be able to do 700hp@10,000rpm. That would be fine for a manufacturer sponsored race series.
        A 2.5 that makes 260-275hp might be 'streetable' to you, but not to BMW or the EPA.

        The S70/2 V12 making over 1000hp, No. Not even 1000hp. Maybe really souped up with state of the art technology, and short service life & very cammy 750hp@9000.

        Maybe BMW will drop the V8 from the M3, use the V10.
        A twin turbo flat plane crank V8 with 600hp for the M5.
        and a large V12 for the M7, 700hp, no less.
        or an extra 50hp for all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the hood on the M5 also sits about 1 cm higher...maybe to accomodate for the twin turbos? but if you twin turbo an engine that already puts out 500 bhp, what will you get? a 700bhp monster??
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hopefully the speculation is correct... After all, there is no such thing as too much horsepower, just not enough traction.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If the Benz can NA a v8 with 513hp Chevy can NA a v8 with 505hp and Dodge of all brands can NA a v10 with 600hp and still be detune without any of those cars resorting to turbos or superchargers, what in the name does that tell me about BMW only able to get 500bhp out of its v10? I think they are starting to lack on engine design and ingenuity....

      And yes BMW is a hypocrite badmouthing turbos and superchargers.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll look at that M7
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fake. They aren't in the right spot and don't fit with the car at all. Even if it is a test mule they would have disguised it much better since this would be huge news.
        • 8 Years Ago
        It's not the right spot?? Where are you suppose to put your side mounted intercoolers? On the roof?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not sure about the M5 mule, but I'd be willing to bet they are testing the new turbo V8 that will supposedly be showing up with the new 7 series. I believe it's supposed to be a twin-turbo 4.0L V8, isn't it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL at BMW! For a company that existed on Real Motor's that were naturally aspirated while badmouthing Audi for Turbocharging, now they want to switch sides to forced induction... They also now have AWD available in their 5 series and 3 series... Rumor has it that they are developing a new car to compete with their Mini Cooper that will have FWD....

      BMW is doing everything against what they have existed on while discounting other makes' technologies, and now...

        • 8 Years Ago
        Why would BMW want to compete with Mini?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Ok, there's any number of BMW fans that yearn for the modern equivalent of the E30 M3 and have no need for the Audi and AMG imitators. Still, the Cayenne doesn't make the Cayman any less of a car just as the X3 doesn't keep the E90 from being the best sports sedan.

        I can't help but think that a Camry owner's envy for passionate cars prompted your post.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the m5 pics are photoshop
      the vents dont even fit in
      it doesnt make sense because it would be better disguised or better designed
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thats a crap photoshop job
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