• Sep 13, 2010
2011 BMW M5 – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you were afraid the BMW M5 would be losing some of its venom by ditching the naturally-aspirated V10 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, we're here to tell you that those worries are completely unfounded. At least that's the impression we get from watching the video after the jump. You see, the BMW engineers have apparently fixed whatever issue was afflicting the M5 test mule the last time we saw it and got the car back to doing what it does best – sending Pirelli rubber to its smoky grave.

Loyal fans of the 5 Series over at Bimmerpost managed to get their hands on a quick video of the muscle-bound sedan slipping through the apexes of the Nürburgring at full bore, and have been kind enough to share that tasty little piece of film with the rest of the Internet. From the looks of the things, those two turbos are more than making up for the pair of lost cylinders. Of course, we'll reserve final judgment for when we get into the saddle ourselves, but until then, join us past the jump for a look-see. Thanks for the tip, Obie!

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      On a side note..... it looks like the brake lights have a new safety feature: they flash at light pedal effort and solid under heavy braking. Either that, or the electronics are already taking a dump :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least that's what it used to be... you see it happen on videos of the e60 M5... -shrug-
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's the camera not being able to pick up the (insert word) rate of the LEDs correctly. Ever see a news camera trying to record a TV or computer screen? Same idea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's a new safety feature on European cars. Under hard braking (or when ABS kicks on) the hazards flash, presumably to alert the person behind you that you're stopping so that you don't get rear ended.
        • 4 Years Ago
        JR...are you sure? Some states have laws where the CHMSL has to flash a few times before going solid. Or maybe that just doesn't fall under the same law.

        If I am not mistaken, it's at least a law in Nevada and NC. I see them occasionally on cars from out of state (I'm in Michigan).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, they are flashing under very heavy braking, and it is not the camera trying to catch up to the LEDs, if that was the case, they would be flashing much quicker and the whole time they were illuminated, not just at the end where the test driver nails the brakes.

        This safety feature is banned in the United States, but it is a great feature! BMW's current system illuminates extra lights to act as emergency brake lights. (Brake lights cannot flash here).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see it but barely hear it.

      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like an awesome car in it's own right, but in my world, the E60 will be the last proper M5. Turbos and M just shouldn't mix. (Except in the aftermarket... HPF E46 anyone?)
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks and sounds amazing. hopefully it will stop that cts V commercial
        • 4 Years Ago
        the best part is the CTS-V commercial nonsens it isn´t the fastest... only by it´s manufactor claim... Frank Stippler (former Audi DTM race driver today chief test driver and 24h racer) already did a quicker time in a stock last generation Audi RS4
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cadillac generally has no problem comparing the CTS series car to the BMW 3-series cars, when it suits them. I believe the term "Sport Sedan" refers to any size sedan. Not that there's anything actually "official" about 'Ring time claims anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The RS4 is a small sedan though. The CTS-V compares to the E, 5, and A6 midsize sedans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nags.. : So you're saying that ANY last gen RS4 is that capable? If the answer is no, then the car only looked stock.

        You could close your eyes and pick a CTS-V, and it will have 99.9999% of the performance of the car that was used at the 'Ring. The Coupe might actually do even better, because of its aerodynamic advantages over the sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hot sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      no turbo whine or blow-off? wonder if they're using variable vane tech (a la 911 turbo)?
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmm..
      sounds like a plane if you ask me
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like the Golf I GTI, it must be a Flatplane crank in that V8 engine, Not good:(
        • 4 Years Ago
        The engine is a cross-plane crank, the exhaust system is flat-plane firing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep your right, the exhaust manifolds are on the inside of the V with a 180 degree routing to turbos.(the two outer cylinders on one bank are mated with the two inner cylinders on the other cylinder bank, then exhausting into the turbo. The other tubo is done the same.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      After seeing the brake lights flickering on and off rapidly under heavy load, it makes me wonder why we don't have that as a feature on this side of the pond.

      It really is a brilliant yet simple idea to alert drivers behind you that you are braking hard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, if there is list of improvements to be made to the US standards/requirements, flashing brake lights would be near the bottom of the list.

        For goodness sakes, we 'allow' red turn signals, and do not require lateral turn signal repeaters.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know BMW M5 had a lot of issues with the SMGIII, but even driving a Audi R8 and BMW 750Li now, I still miss that rough and uncivilized yet very direct feel of that SMGIII.
      The SMG had a very rough transition in gears yet, it might not be as fast as DSG of VW or Etronics of Audi or Lambos but, it still feels very very sporty. I miss my M5....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for your 'sht' opinion, nobody cares. You're probably too poor to afford an M5.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds almost like a Subaru STI actually. Pretty sure it ain't a boxer engine in there though :) I like it still!
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