- Post is under moderation2019 BMW F90 M5 #Remus-Exhaust / #Remus
When a new BMW launches, the aftermarket immediately starts developing and releasing products for it and Remus is one of the first companies to offer a performance exhaust for the mighty F90 M5. This cat-back system comprises a non-resonated front section, a valved rear silencer and your choice of either carbon or straight-cut tailpipes; the valved silencer has been designed to work with the standard BMW electronics and the exhaust uses 84mm larger diameter piping – the standard system has 80mm piping – for increased flow. If you’re lucky enough to own an BMW F90 M5 and are hunting for a performance exhaust, you should definitely check the Remus system out.
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Price: Cat-back system from £2419.20 inc. Vat
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- Post is under moderationBMW M5
Engines like the one shoehorned into the M5 need to be savoured while they are still around – even if your neighbours don’t think it’s all that cool…
Date acquired March 2018
Total mileage 12,418
Mileage this month 3246
Costs this month £0
mpg this month 23.9
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It’s to be expected that the 4.4-litre, twin-turbo #V8 lurking behind the M5’s kidney grille is going to generate levels of heat normally associated with my living room when someone ignites the fire and forgets to turn the central heating down. What I didn’t expect was how much cooling it requires post engine shutdown, no matter what the length of journey. Nor how much noise is generated in the process.
In the early hours, after a late-night run back from evo HQ , the M5 can get a bit of a pant on and doesn’t hold back on the decibels (around 88), and it can be a good five to seven minutes before it’s sufficiently cooled. Only Mercedes’ new AMG G63 has annoyed the neighbours with more of the same and for longer.
Lift the M5’s aluminium bonnet and it’s clear why those eight cylinders can get a little hot under the collar. Most modern engines look larger than a Spitfire’s Merlin when dressed with the de facto moulded plastic cover, but remove the M-branded hat from the S63 motor and there’s barely a millimetre to spare. As a piece of packaging it’s quiet remarkable, although I can’t imagine the independent specialists who will be working on it in a decade’s time thinking the same.
Despite its antics after every run the F90’s V8, like those found in AMG’s hotrods, is a mighty piece of engineering to control. It doesn’t have the theatrics of the Affalterbach power units in terms of vocal support every time the crank rotates, but its performance is on a par and it’s every bit as exciting when you let it off the leash. Yet despite being based on the motor fitted to its F10 predecessor, the considerable changes #BMW-M has made have turned a potent yet anodyne engine into a characterful and deeply layered V8. And while its downsized and electrified replacement will blow our minds in terms of technology, I’m worried it won’t tug at our heartstrings like this one does. Truth be told, I already know it won’t.
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The refined M5 continues to delight and astound with its abilities – whoever’s at the helm – but those auto wiper settings need sweeping changes…
As text messages go, this was a good one. ‘Are you free to drive my M5 to the Nürburgring 24 Hours race and test drive the new M3 CS while you’re there?’ My stubby fingers couldn’t type an answer fast enough. The majority of the drive there may be a dull one, but the M5 was a very pleasant companion, refined and supple in its Comfort setting, while its easily operated infotainment set-up and Bowers & Wilkins upgraded stereo kept me entertained. But thus far a well-specced 520d would have done the job equally effectively.
Thankfully, the first speed limit sign I encountered upon entering Germany was of the derestricted variety, and I discovered why an M5 is twice the price of the 520d. Its ability to accelerate from 120kph (75mph) to its limiter at an indicated 263kph (163mph) is ridiculous for a machine that weighs nigh on two tons, and never fails to bring a smile to your face. It’s ferociously unrelenting, and with the sports exhaust bellowing its approval each time you change gear it’s a thoroughly intoxicating process. It’s rock steady at speed, too, and feels like it could sit at the limiter all day long.
Once off the autobahn the roads around the Ring offered plenty of opportunities to enjoy the performance, with the all-wheel drive offering a surfeit of grip in all situations. Even on streaming wet roads the M5 just stuck to the tarmac and got on with the job.
The journey home was in pretty filthy weather and I was reminded how poor BMW’s programming for its automatic wipers is these days. In my E46 3-series and E39 5-series it was spot-on, but more recently the wipers are often hyperactive in light drizzle and impossibly lethargic in monsoon conditions – surely it can’t be that difficult to get right? Swapping the LED headlight aim for driving on the right was a doddle, though, using the iDrive controller.
Overall, the M5 returned 28.5mpg for the trip: pretty decent for a machine with almost 600bhp, and 1855kg to lug about. It’s a special car, and one that seems to get better the further you drive it. You’re a lucky man Mr Gallagher. Do let me know when another road trip is in the offing… Bob Harper (@m5bob)
Date acquired March 2018
Total mileage 7701
Mileage this month 2622
Costs this month £0
mpg this month 24.3
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- Post is under moderationF90 M5 COMPETITION REVEALED
Official details of the F90 M5 Competition have been released and it’s an absolute beast of a machine. Power is up to 625hp with 553lb ft of torque and that means a staggering 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds and a 0-124mph (200km/h) time of just 10.8 seconds. Aside from the increase in performance the M5 Competition receives model-specific engine mounts, revised suspension that’s 7mm lower and 10% stiffer with increased front camber and toe links with ball joints instead of rubber mounts at the rear and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. There are unique 20” forged wheels and additional gloss black exterior detailing, including the kidney grille, rear bumper cover, boot spoiler and boot lid logo. Inside, you get M tricolour stripe seatbelts and floor mats with model-specific piping and an M5 logo. The M5 Competition costs £96,205 and is on sale now, with the first customers due to receive their cars in September.
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- Post is under moderationBMW M5 F90 COMPETITION GETS POWER UPLIFT TO 616BHP / #BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-F90 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW / #2019 / #BMW-M5-Competition / #BMW-M5-Competition-F90 / #2019-BMW-M5-Competition-F90
BMW’s M5 will soon reclaim the title of most powerful supersaloon on sale with a new Competition variant. Peak power from the 4.4-litre twin-turbo #V8 rises to 616bhp, 24bhp more than the standard M5 F90 , and 12bhp more than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S W213. The sprint to 62mph drops by a tenth to 3.3sec. Revised suspension, black styling details and new forged 20-inch wheels also feature.
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- Post is under moderation5 Series scoops more awards
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The #BMW-5-Series-Saloon has been recognised once again, winning the ‘ #Best-Executive-Car ’ category, alongside the #BMW-5-Series-Touring , which was named ‘ #Best-Estate-Car ’, at the recent #UK-Car-of-the-Year-Awards . Evaluated and compared by a well-respected panel of UK journalists, these titles add another impressive UK accolade to the BMW 5 Series’ growing collection of international honours.
The multi-award-winning saloon impressed judges with its refinement, technology and build quality. Commenting on the win, #Alex-Grant , UK COTY judge, said: “The 5 Series impresses not only for its cutting-edge connected, electrified and partially-autonomous technology, but because the car underneath does everything so brilliantly.”
The 5 Series Touring was commended for its flexibility, practicality and driving dynamics. Nargess Banks, UK COTY judge, said: “BMW has mastered the art of designing and engineering the perfect estate car, replete with intelligent technology.”
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- Post is under moderationBMW M5 SETTING THE PACE
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A new BMW M5 is set to spearhead the Safety Car fleet in the 2018 MotoGP season, ensuring more excellent exposure for BMW’s latest super-saloon.
“A MotoGP Safety Car faces enormous challenges. It is vital to lead a field of high-performance race bikes safely through all sorts of conditions,” said Frank van Meel, president of #BMW M GmbH. “Innovative motorsport technology is an essential part of this. The new BMW M5 forms the perfect basis for a safety car, as its technical features ensure perfect handling, even at the limits of driving dynamics.”
These features include the newly-developed M-specific all-wheel-drive M xDrive; a first for the M5. But the heart of the car is its 4.4-litre, V8 engine with #M-TwinPower-Turbo technology, that produces 600hp and a maximum torque figure of 750Nm. These outputs will enable the car to sprint to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds, with drive being channelled through a new, eight-speed M Steptronic gearbox with Drivelogic.
The transformation of the M5 to a MotoGP Safety Car was completed by the inclusion of special racing features and the necessary safety equipment. The front splitter is a specially-developed prototype, the bonnet latches are taken directly from racing and the bucket seats are from the BMW M4 GTS.
The flat, LED light bar on the roof is controlled via a specially-developed cockpit panel, and an additional signalling system is provided by the flashing blue LEDs in the front grills, and flashing corona rings around the headlights.
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- Post is under moderationThe new 2018 BMW M5
The new BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/100 km [26.9 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 241 g/km*) takes BMW M GmbH into new territory, with M xDrive all-wheel drive featuring in the high-performance sedan for the first time. This change of tack sees the M5 exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality in all driving conditions.
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The new BMW M5 (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/100 km [26.9 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 241 g/km*) takes #BMW M GmbH into new territory, with M xDrive all-wheel drive featuring in the high-performance sedan for the first time. This change of tack sees the M5 exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality in all driving conditions. The new car is committed to building on the tradition of a concept – the luxurious four-door business sedan with a taste for the race track – first glimpsed in 1984 with the original BMW M5.
The new M xDrive developed by BMW M GmbH is the most emotionally engaging all-wheel-drive system yet to grace the high-performance segment. It works with a central transfer case with multi-plate clutch and distributes drive fully variably between the front and rear axle, as required. Another ingredient in the car’s supreme traction in all road and weather conditions is the Active M Differential at the rear axle, which also works fully variably and has a locking effect between 0 and 100 per cent.
The character of M xDrive can be adjusted as desired. The driver has five different configurations to choose from based on combinations of the DSC modes (DSC on, MDM, DSC off) and M xDrive modes (4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD). In the basic setting with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) activated and 4WD, the system permits slight slip through the rear wheels when accelerating out of corners – and therefore plays its part in giving the new BMW M5 its sporting agility. In M Dynamic mode (MDM, 4WD Sport) M xDrive allows easily controlled drifts. The three M xDrive modes with DSC switched off have been conceived to sate the appetites of keen drivers and primarily for use on the track. Here, the driver can choose from three configurations up to and including pure rear-wheel drive (2WD). This mode allows the driver to pick their own drift angle and treats connoisseurs to driving dynamics in their purest form.
Providing ample power for the new BMW M5 is a 4.4-litre V8 bi-turbo engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The M engineers have carried out significant revisions to the outgoing model’s power unit. For example, newly developed turbochargers, ultra-efficient indirect charge air cooling and increased fuel injection pressure together help to raise output and, above all, torque. The engine develops 441 kW/600 hp at 5,600 – 6,700 rpm, while a monumental 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque is placed at the driver’s disposal from as low down as 1,800 rpm and remains there until 5,600 rpm. A map-controlled, fully variable oil pump ensures oil is supplied as and when the new BMW M5 needs it, even on the track. The car’s impressive performance figures speak for themselves: 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 11.1 seconds (124 mph). Top speed, meanwhile, is an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph), but the optional M Driver’s Package can keep the fun coming to 305 km/h (189 mph).
The new BMW M5 channels all that power through a specially tuned eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. In D mode it provides all the comfort and convenience of fully automatic gear changes, but can then also switch to sequential manual shifts. The driver can do this using either the compact selector lever on the centre console or the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Drivelogic allows the driver to adjust the transmission’s characteristics to their personal preferences. For track use, the eight-speed M Steptronic unit serves up lightning-fast shift times, helping to give the new BMW M5 its exceptional agility and dynamic flair.
The suspension of the new BMW M5 is likewise designed to deliver both maximum traction for everyday use and supreme dynamic performance on the track. Like the engine, transmission and M xDrive system, it has been tuned by experts and racing drivers at venues including the world’s most exacting test facility – the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. Sophisticated stiffening elements in the front and rear structures ensure the body structure is extremely rigid and therefore that the car provides instantaneous feedback, in particular when the driver is pushing hard on the road or track.
The driver can also choose from Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes for the Variable Damper Control (VDC) system – which has M-specific tuning – and the M Servotronic steering. And the engine’s characteristics can also be configured to the driver’s tastes via the Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus modes. The two M1 and M2 buttons on the M leather steering wheel can be used to store two set-ups combining the driver’s preference of engine, transmission, suspension and M xDrive modes, the DSC mode and Head-Up-Display settings. The driver can then activate their preferred set-up by pressing the relevant button.
The new BMW M5 includes revisions to its bodywork over the regular BMW 5 Series to satisfy its challenging dynamic brief. The M engineers have redesigned the broader front side panels and front bumper trim to include larger apertures for the air feeding the cooling systems and brakes. Also new is the rear diffuser. The exhaust system’s quartet of tailpipes are a visual pointer to the power generated by the BMW M5 and also lay on a suitably sporting soundtrack for the job in hand, courtesy of their flap control system. The driver can use a button to adjust the engine sound as desired.
The bonnet, which also has an M-specific design, is made from aluminium and boasts eye-catching sculpture lines. These extend into the extremely lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof – a standard feature of the new M5. The weight savings contributed by the CFRP roof and other components such as the exhaust system help to ensure the new BMW M5 with M xDrive all-wheel drive is lighter than its predecessor.
The new BMW M5 is fitted as standard with M compound brakes, which are lighter than conventional grey cast iron items and therefore also bring down the car’s weight. With blue-painted six-piston fixed callipers at the front and single-piston floating callipers at the rear, plus perforated, inner-vented brake discs all round, the M compound brakes have the speed-shedding power to befit the car’s dynamic potency. The optional M carbon ceramic brakes, which can be identified by callipers painted in a gold colour and shave another 23 kilograms off the M5’s weight, can withstand even greater punishment.
The new BMW M5 comes as standard with polished 19-inch light-alloy wheels (front: 9.5 x 19, rear: 10.5 x 19) in Orbit Grey and M-specific tyres (front: 275/40 R 19, rear: 285/40 R 19). 20-inch items can be specified as an option (front: 275/35 R 20 tyres on 9.5 x 20 rims, rear: 285/35 R 20 tyres on 10.5 x 20 rims). Standard specification for the new BMW M5 also features Merino leather and M seats with electric adjustment. The options list includes newly developed M multifunction seats, which stand out with their bucket-seat-style construction and even better lateral support.
The new BMW M5 can be ordered from September 2017, priced at €117,900, and deliveries will begin in spring 2018. Scheduled for launch on the same sales start date as the standard M5 is the BMW M5 First Edition. This special-edition version – limited to a run of 400 examples worldwide – has BMW Individual Frozen Dark Red Metallic paintwork, is exclusively appointed and costs an extra €19,500 over the standard model.
Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html.
* Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are provisional, based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.
CONSUMPTION AND EMISSION DATA.
fuel consumption combined: 10.5 l/100 km [26.9 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 241 g/km*Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
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Winter is a pretty bleak time for petrolheads in Britain. It’s not like other countries where you’re blessed with actual snow and frozen lakes to drift – you get rain, a bit more rain, and if you’re really lucky some of that extra-cold rain.
The one saving grace with this is the time it gives you to embark on a proper winter makeover for 2017. But I’m not talking about super-glossy paintwork or stanced wheels for the M5, but instead some good ol’ fashioned track day prep! My E61 M5 Touring is – and always will be – a road car, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be prepped for track use without having a negative effect on its road-going abilities. Unfortunately I’m mechanically inept when it comes to working on a car, so I entrusted the team at Regal Autosport in Southampton to ensure the M5 was ready for a summer of abuse. From supercharging Audi R8s to tuning 750hp Porsche Turbos, Regal Autosport are definitely no strangers when it comes to prepping rare, highly-strung cars for road and track use. Put simply, if a £150,000 supercar is in safe hands here, the M5 Touring definitely hasn’t got anything to worry about.
After chatting with Ash at Regal we put together a plan for the M5’s track prep, starting with installation of the AP Racing brake kit I picked up earlier in the year. This is probably the most comprehensive kit available for the E60/E61 M5 if you’re intending to hit the track, an absolute must given how disappointing (and short-lived) the OE brakes are the circuit. With the M5 Touring weighing just under two tonnes, the AP Racing kit comprises six-piston calipers matched with 378x36mm two-piece discs up front, and fourpiston calipers with 366x26mm two-piece discs on the rear. Serious brakes for a serious car while remaining totally compliant on the road.
Next on the list was tyres, and there was only one model I had in mind for the M5 – Michelin Pilot Super Sports. A firm favourite within the M performance world (and fitted as standard to newer models including the M3), I opted for the OE M5 sizes which come in at 255/40 19 and 275/35 19. Pilot Super Sports remain one of the best-handling tyres for road and track use as well as being rated to over 188mph. Looks like that 166mph limiter will need removing next…
Brakes fitted, rubber mounted and an oil/filter change later, it was ready for one of the most important parts of track prep – proper alignment and setup. Often overlooked, a proper laser alignment and fast road setup will more often than not yield greater performance gains than any fancy bolt-on mod. You can’t just fit performance parts and expect ‘em to transform your car without being setup properly first.
Camber, toe-in and castor now adjusted, the M5 was aligned for a conservative fast-road setup to provide a good base on the track. With additional camber and toe adjustability available if necessary, the M5 already feels completely transformed prior to being aligned with far less understeer and improved turn-in. Perfect. The real test will come when it hits the track next month – who’s betting we’ll have some rain…?
THANKS AND CONTACT
Regal Autosport 02380 558636 www.regalautosport.com
Michelin Tyres 0845 3661590 www.michelin.co.uk
Wheel Alignment Centre 02380 332906 www.wheelalignmentcentre.co.uk
AP Racing 024 7663 9595 www.apracing.com
Stock M5 brakes not up to the job on track.
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- Post is under moderationSUPERCHARGED E39 M5 Business class just got faster
STRICTLY BUSINESS This executive saloon may look unassuming, but don’t be fooled, Matt Benson’s supercharged E39 M5 will easily cash any cheques your right foot can sign. Words and photos: Matt Petrie.
Don’t judge a book by its cover” is an age-old adage instilled in us during our youth. While it is one of the earliest morals taught, it is too often forgotten as we grow old. Taking past experiences and using them to make prejudices towards a result which we expect to be true can get us into trouble and that is the case with Matt Benson’s E39. What looks to be a civilized saloon is in actuality a complete and utter lunatic. Don’t be fooled – this unapologetic M5 will leave you scratching your head when launching from a red light or as it commands curves, winding through the mountains.
Maintaining a balance of ferocity and modesty is not an easy task and while on paper it might be contradictory, we assure you that Matt’s E39 M5 is a textbook example of a proper business saloon. The key to retaining modesty is doing without the wild colours, aggressive aero, and flashy wheels. Aesthetically, it has to be something to simply get you into work without being the topic of conversation among co-workers gathering around the water cooler. However, that commute to and from the office is a different, exhilarating story. In order to fully appreciate the final product, we need to briefly highlight the evolution of Matt’s mods and previous cars.
Matt Benson has always had an affinity for V8 muscle and taking the more subtle approach is something of second nature for him. His first car was a Ford Mustang 5.0 LX “Fox body” which, in a sense, was a sleeper in its time compared to its sister version, the Mustang GT. He drove that LX into the ground with over 200,000 miles on the odometer. After many advancements up the automobile food chain, Matt traded some American torque for German refinement as he found himself in another V8, but this time in the form of a 2000 E39 540i Saloon.
Though Matt was satisfied with the graduation to the European sports saloon and recognized it as a big improvement, the horsepower bug bit him hard. Dinan parts made their way all over the 540i to increase the performance in both the handling and the engine, pushing it to 350hp. Knowing his reasonable limitations had been met with the 540, yet still wanting more out of his car, Matt set his eyes on his current ride – this 2000 Carbon black on Caramel leather M5.
He found this car over a decade ago, desirably, with one previous owner and only 13,000 miles logged. Immediately, the performance difference was prominent between the 540i and the M5; the torque off the line and the way the car hooked in the corners didn’t leave him with seller’s remorse over the 540i. While he was tacking on roughly 50,000 miles of his own back and forth to the office and on spirited drives, Matt was continuously adding mods to enhance the performance even further. As superior as he felt the car was in comparison to his previous cars, it wasn’t quite enough. Relentless and back with a vengeance, the mod bug bit hard this time, and it did not let go.
Matt’s first modification to the M5 didn’t lead to horsepower gains per se. Back in 2005 he sourced a Dinan 3.55 differential and while it is one of the biggest improvements that you can make to a naturally aspirated car, ironically, it has nothing physically to do with the engine. Over the years it served its purpose, but as Matt says “I guess I modded a mod” and changed the rear end out to a 3.62. The tight gear ratio shifts the power band, launching the car and virtually making first gear useless in the best way possible. Surrounding the differential in the rear is a matching Dinan high performance exhaust, which flows out back from a Supersprint four-into-one stepped exhaust manifold system. Above the manifolds, under the bonnet, lies a Dinan cold air intake and Evolve Alpha-N tune with MAF delete and while this combination achieved Matt’s 450 horsepower goal, it was time to raise the bar yet again.
Chasing greater horsepower and maximising the NA bolt-ons, he crossed the threshold into the forced induction world. Matt commissioned Autocouture Motoring in northern NJ, well-known for its work with BMW and supercharging the E9x platform specifically, to do the work. The team installed an ESS Tuning VT1-560 supercharger system along with an Aquamist meth injection kit. To handle the horsepower increase and fight the ravages of age, Autocouture also installed a Dinan subframe reinforcement kit at the same time as the performance upgrades. The combination of the Dinan differential chewing through first and second gear with the pull of the ESS supercharger and meth higher up the power band is a visceral experience that delivers an exceptional one-two punch.
In fact, when Matt was asked what his favorite modification to the car has been, he responded happily, “I have two favourites, the first being the supercharger, which brought the biggest smile to my face, and second would be the shorter diff, it’s like a 50hp equivalent increase!”
With all of this newly-added power he now addressed the other areas of importance: brakes and suspension. Matt went top shelf when choosing suspension, opting for the JRZ coilover kit and set the car up slightly lower than the stock ride height, maximising suspension travel and comfort while optimizing the performance that the JRZs offer. StopTech ST60/ST40 brakes at all four corners enhance the stopping power tremendously, with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear, both sets finished in silver to keep the M5’s modified appearance at a minimum.
Matt loved the car’s aesthetics, especially its finely crafted, unadulterated exterior however, he needed a wheel that would clear his brakes and be lighter in weight than stock, while still maintaining the M5’s factory appearance. Wanting to mimic the style of the OEM M5 wheel, Matt, along with the crew at ACM, carefully selected the HRE Classic 301 monoblocks. Taking it a step further, he went with HRE’s gorgeous, custom, hand-brushed finish with a darktinted clear coat, tying them in with BMW’s factory chrome shadow finish on the M5’s original wheels.
This M5’s interior is straight out of a #BMW catalogue with the smooth caramel-coloured hide flowing from the seats onto the extended leather lower dashboard, with just the right amount of wood trim. Nothing is out of place nor unnecessarily added. Under close examination, only an aluminium pedal set and short shift kit can be spotted in here and even at that point the SSK is still capped off by the stock wood knob to maintain the factory look and feel. Matt was highly selective with every modification made to his M5, and held the highest of standards for how this on-going project was executed.
“While the car is more than 16-years-old, it rivals anything on the road currently,” Matt says and we’d have to agree with him, it is completely relevant in every way to any of the European sports cars of today. The gentleman’s executive saloon is one that does not cry out for attention, but rather discretely delivers to those who know what they’re looking at. Each modification was carefully considered and completed with one goal in mind, which was to make the car perform at its full potential. His car takes everything that was incredible about the E39 M5 and sharpens it to to modern standards, making this one of the most fun cars you will ever drive.
“Autocouture Motoring installed an #ESS-Tuning-VT1-560 supercharger system along with an Aquamist meth injection kit”
TECHNICAL DATA FILE Supercharged #BMW-E39 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW-M5-E39 / #BMW-M5-Supercharged / #BMW-M5-Supercharged-E39 / #ESS-VT1 / #ESS / #Vortech-V3 / #Vortech / #Howerton / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-E39 / #BMW-5-Series-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-M5-E39 / #BMW / #ESS-Tuning
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 4.9-litre #V8 #S62B50 / #S62 / #BMW-S62 , Supersprint four-into-one exhaust manifolds, #ESS-VT1-560 #ESS-Supercharger kit with #Vortech-V3 supercharger, #Howerton-Aquamist-HFS-3 system, Dinan performance velocity stacks, #Dinan high-flow performance exhaust, high capacity electric fan, oil separators. Six-speed manual gearbox, #CNS-Racing 10.5 Kevlar clutch and dualmass flywheel, Dinan short shifter kit, 3.62 LSD with three clutch ramps and polished ring and pinion gears
CHASSIS 8.5x19” (front) and 10.5x19” (rear) #HRE-301 monoblock wheels with 245/35 (front) and 275/30 (rear) Continental tyres, Dinan subframe reinforcement kit, Dinan front tower strut brace, Dinan camber plates and monoball front ball joint kit, #JRZ-Stage-3 suspension system from Dinan, #Beast-Power heavy-duty anti-roll bar brackets, #StopTech-ST60 BBK with six-piston calipers and 355x32mm discs (front) and ST40 BBK with four-piston calipers and 355x32mm discs (rear)
EXTERIOR Tinted windows, Depo angel eye upgrade kit, front lower bumper grille with aluminium mesh brake ducts
INTERIOR Black carbon fibre trim, aluminium pedal set, widescreen nav upgrade
THANKS Autocoulture Motoring (Tom Limatola, Sal Benanti, Matt Petrie and team) for bringing it to the next level, Northeast Motorsports (Mike O’Neill and team) for all their expertise, Motorsports West (Dave Bogert and team) for being the source of my performance BMW “condition”
Caramel Heritage leather adds a dash of luxury.
Gorgeous #HRE-301 monoblocks and #StopTech #BBK all-round.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.