Bmw’s M performance division wants to develop its own car

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2011

It seems that Bmw’s M division has big plans and wants to develop its own car, just like Mercedes-Benz’ AMG division did with the SLS AMG supercar. According to Albert Biermann, head of product development, the M performance division has everything it needs to develop its own car and the project has been discussed several times but a decisions was not taken. The main reasons is that every vehicle that comes out with the ///M logo has to make profit.

"Our job is to sell emotion and fun, using the technology that's socially acceptable at the time. Whether that's a combustion engine or an electric motor, we don't care." said Albert Biermann. Moreover, he added that the horsepower race came to an end, and now the M performance division is not selling horsepower. Bmw is trying to match the response of a naturally aspirated engine but with much lower fuel consumption.

2012 Bmw M5 dropped the V10 in favor of a brand new twin-turbo V8 delivering 560 hp and capable to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 13.0 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h / 155 mph (305 km/h / 190 mph with M Driver’s Package). Furthermore, Biermann didn’t rule out a diesel M car, saying that if the technology becomes available a diesel-powered sports car will be built. He also added that currently, a diesel technology to match the responsiveness of the new Bmw M5 is not available.

New BMW M5 has a body design that underlines its outstanding characteristics. The beautifully authoritative look and dynamic proportions of the BMW 5-Series Saloon is further underlined by the exclusive M-series features that you see here. These modifications also work to help meet the technical demands of the BMW M5, making the design a central element of the overall concept. The car’s potential power is hinted at by the unmistakable design elements found all over the car: from the front to the rear to the sides.

The front apron sports a design that hints at the superior power of the V8 engine under the hood. The bonnet has contour lines that meet in a V at the signature double kidney grille. Then you have the M black slats with its wide spread that mimics the three air intakes that you see on the lower front apron. The wide arrangement hints at the cooling air required by the engine. The positioning of the air intakes covers several levels and successfully creates depth that in turn complements the forward slanting look of the car.

Dynamic looking intakes guarantee precise airflow and maximized cooling. The central aperture juts outward and is highlighted by the car’s width and the contour lines. The side air intakes, on the other hand, sports dynamic curves. These side air intakes are located at the far outer edges, underlining the wide track and are located where the foglamps used to be. Optimized dynamics is further assured by the air channeling flaps located at the front end’s lower edge.

Bi-xenon headlamps come standard in all M5 cars. Using LED light rings, these headlamps also act as they daytime running light. The indicator lights are located at the outer edges and have 10 LED lamps each. LED accent lights divide the dual round headlights, providing a more focused look day and night.

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