Super Sedan Preview: 2011 BMW M5 and 2010 E63 AMG

Edward Niedermeyer
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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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  • Blowfish Blowfish on May 08, 2008

    Sajeev Mehta : May 8th, 2008 at 3:08 pm Let’s hope the new V-10 won’t burn a quart of oil every 3k like the current generation. Thats good to keep the oil clean.

  • Gawdodirt Gawdodirt on May 08, 2008

    "Start stop tech and part time alternator" all sounds the the much maligned BASS from GM. Although it was available on a Saturn. Man, GM does a similar deal and you guys puke. BMW says they MIGHT do it and you guys get a chubby.

  • Kman Kman on May 08, 2008

    No seriously. I drove a 335i coupe today, and found the power and torque to be too much for city street driving (did I just say that?). No, really. I kinda had more fun, more challenge with the 128i driven just prior. What am I going to do with a twin-turbo 5.5L V-10?

  • DearS DearS on May 09, 2008

    I'd like to see the M3's V8 in the 5-series and 7-series and every other BMW. More power than the current cars is interesting, but a bit too edgy I think. Although making those edges more user friendly is part of the cars development anyhow, its part of the reasons these cars exists in the first place. The Benz I have some faith they can make into a much more engaging driving machine, but I rather not expect to much.