2012 BMW M5 ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM
At the Shanghai auto show, the new BMW M5 will not only be the first turbocharged M5 to hit the streets, but also the first one with an optional all-wheel drive system. The company official said the all-wheel drive model will be built around the upcoming V8-powered M5 sedan, but didn’t go into any further details on the technical specs.The BMW insider also addressed rumors about BMW working on a long-wheelbase M5 aimed at the Chinese market
The new BMW M5 will use a modified version of the 4.4-liter V8 twin turbocharged engine from the X5 M and X6 M, albeit in a more powerful state of tune than the 555 horsepower it develops on the two performance SUVs. BMW did not offer details on the engine output of the M5, as the company doesn’t want to ruin the surprise ahead of the production car’s reveal at the Frankfurt auto show later this year.
However, the carmaker said the new M5 will have significantly more power than its predecessor while also being at least 25 percent more fuel-efficient. The reduction in fuel consumption will be due to fuel-saving measures implemented by BMW’s Efficient Dynamics department such as an automatic stop-start system, brake energy regeneration system and on-demand auxiliary functions for the water pump. Fuel economy will also benefit from a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Due to the longevity of its nameplate and undisputed position at the top of BMW’s midsize lineup, the M5 remains one of the best known sport sedans, despite competition from Mercedes-AMG and Audi quattro GmbH.
2011 KICHERER MERCEDES BENZ SLS 63 AMG SUPERSPORT GT
In its third consecutive take on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, German tuner Kicherer has released a new package with performance and styling modifications for Stuttgart’s supercar, and just to capture our attention. Called the Kicherer Mercedes-Benz SLS 63 AMG Supersport GT.
The package adds more power through a revised engine management unit and a custom exhaust system that help boost the V8’s output from 571HP and 650Nm to 630HP and 700Nm. As a result, Kicherer’s SLS completes the 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint in 3.5 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 320km/h (199mph).
The exterior gets modifications include a matte black wrap and a carbon fiber aero kit that consists of a bespoke front grille with vertical fins, a front lip spoiler, side air vents and a rear diffuser. The look is complemented by a set of three-piece deep-dish alloy wheels size 20-in. up front and 21-in. at the back. There’s also a height adjustable suspension kit with a lift-up function that allows the chassis to be lifted or lowered by around 30 mm at the touch of a button
Interior comes with an array of custom made carbon fiber accessories for the door panels, center console, the seats, door sills, and even the boot. And as often as we see the SLS on Germany’s streets in the meantime, the super sports car of AMG seems to sell like hot cakes. Exactly for this reason, specialist KICHERER also upgrades and presents a comprehensive finishing programme.