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Old 10-29-2009, 02:29 PM   #21
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its to celebrate 25 years of M5, and since the model in production is at the end of if life cycle essentially, they decided, instead of dumping millions into R&D and federalizing and TUV approval for a another limited run car(think M3 GT, or CSL), they decided, in these times, it makes more economical sense to just do a one off, and show the car's potential and their know how.

Now im sure at some point before production ends BMW will make some kind of special color or package available to the public to buy as a 25th anniversary M5, but this, IS NOT it.. this is just for PR and marketing. As the article said, their focus now is on the F10 M5, no time for having the team split or switch task to develop a limited production M5 of the outgoing model. that's isn't how BMW does business, its not how they've remained profitable in these time...

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Old 10-29-2009, 05:44 PM   #22
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Okay, here's a potentially stupid question, but, what's the fukin' point of a car with 4 doors and no back seats? They should have done a M6 CSL if they were gonna do a rear seat delete. For the sake of the exercise, they should have at least removed the standard rear seats and replaced them with lightweight CF buckets or something.
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its to celebrate 25 years of M5, and since the model in production is at the end of if life cycle essentially, they decided, instead of dumping millions into R&D and federalizing and TUV approval for a another limited run car(think M3 GT, or CSL), they decided, in these times, it makes more economical sense to just do a one off, and show the car's potential and their know how.

Now im sure at some point before production ends BMW will make some kind of special color or package available to the public to buy as a 25th anniversary M5, but this, IS NOT it.. this is just for PR and marketing. As the article said, their focus now is on the F10 M5, no time for having the team split or switch task to develop a limited production M5 of the outgoing model. that's isn't how BMW does business, its not how they've remained profitable in these time...

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And the fact that the M5 is way more badass than the M6.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:23 PM   #23
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I can't even imagine how much fun that car must be to drive.



They need to drop the sideskirt stripes and make the striping match the old E12 M535i..



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Old 10-29-2009, 11:57 PM   #24
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Also, why is the front license plate NOT in the license plate holder? If you're going to mount the plate to the side, at least remove the stock holder
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The front bumper gets an additional air duct in the place where the license plate is usually situated.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:12 AM   #25
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M5 Touring

Along with the BMW M5 CSL and the never produced M5 Convertible, BMW unveiled to the journalists another M5 model that "didn't make it": M5 E39 Touring. While some photos surfaced on the web in the past, officially, no shots were ever released by M GmbH.

As part of the 25th Anniversary of the BMW M5, a few selected journalists, including our BimmerToday's Benny Hiltscher, were invited to learn more about the M5 history. As Benny reports, the BMW M5 Touring E39 is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine that outputs 400 horsepower and a maximum torque of 500Nm or 368 lb-ft for those of us in the U.S.

Since some of you might wonder why such vehicle didn't make it into production, we asked around and it appears there were some problems with the rear axle. By M standards, the dynamics of the car would have been acted differently. It was also assumed that the market for such vehicle would be relatively small.




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M5 Cabriolet

Well, the BMW M5 E35 Cabrio was indeed built, but it never made it into production. In 1989, Motorsport engineers developed an M5 convertible, with two lengthened front doors and seating for four. It really did come very close to production – a price of 50,000 GBP was agreed, and space was even booked at the Geneva Motor Show. But one week before its intended debut, BMW “killed” it, believing it would have led to a demand for non-M 5 Series convertibles, which might have dented drop-top 3 Series sales.”

Yesterday, in front of numerous journalists, BMW unveiled for the first time the hidden gem: E34 M5 Convertible. To mark the 25th anniversary of the M5 models, European journalists were invited at Nurburgring track in Germany. Our sister blog, BimmerToday, attended the event and captured some exclusive photos of the M5 Cabriolet.

Live virtually all convertibles built at that time, the BMW M5 E34 Cabrio has a soft fabric roof top and it is quite a looker.






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More on the one off M5 CSL

The already almighty E60 M5 was the start of this event, but this was no regular M5 and rather a CSL-like vehicle. Now many of you might already start picking on the naming convention, in the end CSL stands for Coupe Sport Lightweight, but let’s look past that and focus on this exciting one-off model.

The radically redesigned and upgraded V10 engine moves up on the capacity scale to 5.5 liters. To accomplish this task, the highly strung, 90-degree unit has been enlarged with a longer stroke. After this revision, the engine needs more air flow that its predecessor and an additional air intake is fitted into the space where usually the front license plate would sit.


Official horsepower and torque numbers have yet to be disclosed and may never be, but journalists present there mention around 600 horsepower and near 400 lb-ft of torque, a significant increase over the standard M5.







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soon it will be the M3s turn, i wonder how many variations of those we didnt get, i can see the 5 generations of M3 touring's now.
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I know its a one off, but come on, at least they could have cut the opening a little better, looks like a kid did it with a jig saw in 5 minutes

Otherwise love the old school M roundels on the wheels and steering wheel
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The New M5 is the F10 M5??? What the hell happened did we run out of "E" numbers? We covered everything? Surely we couldn't have. And the "E" in EXX stands for Entwicklung, which means evolution or development in German. So then if we are switching to F codes now, what does the "F" stand for? Or are we using it simply because it's the letter after "E"?
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Thanks for the posts Snikwad.

If you got any more news on this, post up.
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Love it and love the color scheme...it screams BMW Motorsport.

Too bad it will never be put into limited production; I'd set my sights on one down the road
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