Super Sedan Preview: 2011 BMW M5 and 2010 E63 AMG
Autocar UK reveals the forthcoming high-performance sedans from BMW and Mercedes Benz. The new MB E63 AMG will be a "clean slate design," with only the monstrous 6.2-liter V8 returning from the current model. The uber-E's Nürburgring-tuned suspension– wider front track, a unique steering ratio and active damping (as well as a possible electronic rear differential– demonstrate AMG's newfound emphasis on handling. While the new E63 will share components from MB's C-class, don't expect the AMG derivative to come cheap though (as if). The UK price tag is over $100k. While Mercedes wrings-out its E63 at the 'Ring, BMW is busy developing its 2011 M5. The current M5 V10 engine will return, albeit bored out to 5.5 liters. Yes, but– "[the new M5] is also likely to get a direct injection, turbocharged unit, to reduce emissions. BMW is considering bringing stop-start technology and a part-time alternator (branded "regenerative braking") to the uber-5. But perhaps the best news: the Boyz from Bavaria are ditching the SMG, which RF dubbed " the world's worst gearbox." M5 fans will choose between a new six-speed manual gearbox or the new seven-speed M DCT double-clutch transmission.
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