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Word has it that BMW is working on some serious stoppers for its M5. According to Bimmerfile, Dr. Herbert Diess, a member of the BMW board of management, has confirmed that the company is currently testing carbon ceramic discs for the M5 and upcoming M6. Brake supplier Brembo has teamed up with SGL Carbon for a joint venture to manufacture the discs, and Brembo is already responsible for bits like the multi-piston calipers already at work on the 2012 M5.

So, when we can we expect to see carbon discs on the performance sedan? That still remains unclear. Diess says that the hardware is at least another year out from production, which dovetails nicely with the scheduled arrival of the M5 on American shores. Even so, no one is saying whether the brakes will come as part of an optional package or as standard equipment on the 2013 model. Stay tuned.


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      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      For the M5's weight and intended use, this upgrade makes a lot of sense. If I was going to blow around $80k on a super sedan, I would tick that box.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes you can order it under the "douch3" option...
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Knowing how insane the Germans get with even the most mundane options, I can't even imagine how much this will cost. And really unless you are on the track, its probably completely and utterly overkill for road use.
        Marcel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        You would say that until you do some mountain downhill driving in this car.
      Burglar
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hear simulated brake squeal is also played through the stereo system if you get this option.
        Marcel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burglar
        I've heard they are going to play gear change sounds from M5 E60 to imitate the SMG III gearbox as it will give "more driving pleasure".
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      wylin923
      • 3 Years Ago
      i hope this is an option as ceramic brake rotor replacement costs are in the high thousands and 10's of thousands even more so than the option price, because for people who track or modify their car for high horsepower carbon- ceramic disks might not last the life of the car and eventually will need replacement. Replacement of each composite rotors can be anywhere from 1700$ (ZR-1) to (nearly 8000$ 911 (997) PCCB) or even more. "Does anyone have a sane answer for why Porsche charges $7,750 per front rotor and $5,400 per rear rotor (replacement cost)? That’s $26,300 for rotors all the way around, not including pads or CA sales tax! The upgrade price when ordering these with your car is only $8,840." - from a porsche forum.
      jessesrq
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am surprised this technology has not trickled down from supercars faster, the way other seemingly more complicated technologies like clutchless manual transmission and torque vectoring have. Is the manufacturing cost really that much higher?
        quackmanquackman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jessesrq
        I'm thinking it's because carbon brakes don't have an immediate effect that a buyer will notice and pay thousands extra for in these lower priced cars. A clutchless manual can be felt immediately as being different, coming with numerous benefits.
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @quackmanquackman
          Ceramic brakes are overkill considering they will out live the owners interest in their car. Now if said person frequently did track days, that would be a different story.
        • 3 Years Ago
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        me
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jessesrq
        Porsche option cost for PCCB is $8500
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