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The Fastest Christmas Card in the World

Posted: December 21, 2011 in BMW
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‘Tis the season and the elite M (for Motorsports) division of BMW wants to show off its new 2013 M5. The all new F50 M5 is powered by a 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 with direct gas injection that whips up 560 hp and 502 lb-ft torque. It’s only transmission is BMW’s 7-speed dual clutch automatic with manual shifting modes. It blows the barn doors off with a zero to sixty time of 3.7 seconds.

2013 BMW M5

2013 BMW M5 4.4L twin-turbo direct inject V8

BMW took its new baby to the racetrack, Circuit de l’Anneau du Rhin, in Alsace, France to do something stupid and fabulous.  BMW Precision Driver Urs Inauen drove illustrator Gavin Patterson around the track at high speeds. The instructions to Mr. Inauen were to “go wild” and show off what the M5 can do and make sure the tires are shredded.  Mr. Patterson was instructed to draw an insipid Christmas card.

2013 BMW M5

2013 BMW M5 interior

This is the result: The Fastest Christmas Card In The World – at least according to BMW. I would have killed to be the passenger. Short of riding in an F15 Raptor, I think I could die happy drifting in an M5.

The 2013 BMW M5 will go on sale in the United States next summer. Base price should be around $92,000, but you know BMW will make you order tons of pricey options that should be standard.  Order yours now at your local BMW dealer, supplies are limited. Really.

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Press preview days started on Wednesday 16 November 2011 and it was a busy time. First, there was a palpable level of optimism this year – more than there has been in the past three years. We all hope that the economy doesn’t do a double dip recession and that Europe’s euro doesn’t tank or disintegrate.

There are tons of new products, including promised electric vehicles and hybrids.  Internal combustion engines are going to be with us for a very long time, and in 2011, manufacturers are showing off the latest in fuel-saving technologies including direct injection, turbo-charging, 6- 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions are here or coming to many different products.  Accessories like air conditioning are no longer run by a belt on the engine, they are powered by the car’s electrical system.  Same for power steering.  It’s a testament to modern automotive engineering that a large, heavy rear-drive sedan like the 2012 Dodge Charger is rated at the same 31 mpg highway as is the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V.

Part 1 is BMW Group through Honda/Acura. Enjoy!