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BMW M5 Twin Turbo and M7 Prototypes Spied

 BMW M5 Twin Turbo and M7 Prototypes Spied
BMW M5 Twin Turbo Spy Photo / Copyright by Lehmann Photo-Syndication

The horsepower race is on, again! BMW's M5 was king of the hill with its hi-revving 507hp V10 until Mercedes released the E 63 AMG with 511hp. Surely only just a few extra horsepower but it still counts as the German premium marques compete with each other.

Now, there’s a new kid in town - the twin-turbo V10 Audi RS 6. With its massive 580 horsepower under the hood, it is speculated that Audi has understated the true horsepower figure of 600hp. How long will the RS 6 hold the throne? Well, most likely until the new Mercedes E 63 AMG is released in mid 2009 with a unconfirmed 544hp, however, it seems based upon these latest spy photos that BMW may have a trick or two planned.

Evidence shows BMW is preparing a slightly more evil version of the M5, and this time it appears to be twin-turbos! According to the photographer who snapped this M5 prototype, the engine sound was different from the usual M5. In addition, clearly visible are the extra air intakes cut in the front bumper. However, take a closer look inside the lower air duct openings on the sides of the front bumper and you'll notice a verticle flap which redirects the air flow into what appears to be sitting behind an intercooler for a turbo.

And while we are on the subject, why not speculate about the testing of an 7 Series based M7. The pictured 7-series prototype has shows a few clues beyind the normal 7-series prototypes that we have been seeing lately. Check out the big air scoop in the hood and two smaller air outlets at the back edge of the hood. Could this be the sign we have been hoping for? It’s known that the new 7 series will be sportier and more fun to drive, so why shouldn’t there also be an M7, after all to compete with Mercedes' S 65 AMG and Audi's potential RS8?

Source: Lehmann Photo-Syndication
Published Sep 10, 2007 8:43 am By Brian
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shmrxM3E30
...Boys,boys,boys...Merc and Audi are pure fancy peice of crap!!!!The Bavarians are,and forever will be,the king of driving pleasure...simply the best!!!The Motorsport section never failed,they always suprise us with skills and thrue detication to sport cars,and his performance...! "Don't forget that the BMW IS THE FIRST CAR MANUFACTURER WHO BUILT A TURBO,BACK IN THE 1972,WHIT THE 2002Turbo" E30 M3;E28 M5;E24 M635 CSI;E34 M5;E36 M3;E39 M5;E46 M3 CSL...not a single one Merc and Audi can't compare that
Nov 21, 2008 9:11 pm
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Mr.BadLuck
Audi Rs-6 will still remain on top, bmw & benz only follow the RS audi's when it comes to horsepower trends.
May 9, 2008 10:14 pm
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Decypha
Chambre, ur a waste of molecules!!! Comments like that might get u locked up in sum mental institution; it takes some other crazy to be able to say something like that and actually really believe it... The Dodge Viper is a waste of nature's resources; how it even made it on this comment list is a mystery to me... 500HP from an 8.3L is nothing to be proud of...
May 8, 2008 10:54 pm
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nicholas
it's great news that the big 5 get's more grant but please can the boys from bavaria think again about their fancy SMG ,JUST shod the beast with a manual gearbox with ratio to mach the undelying German precition(tour de force)then you'll have a winner with inthusiasts.
Dec 7, 2007 4:27 pm
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Qadsawi
how much do you think will the Twin Turbo BMW M5 cost?? because i have an M5 E60 and i wish to change it with the new turbocharged M5 but i still think its better not to change now considering my M5 will be the last of the natural aspiared engines in its line...
Oct 16, 2007 2:25 am
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Qadsawi
how much will the Twin-Turbo BMW M5 cost about?
Oct 16, 2007 2:18 am
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bmwaddict
The SLK55 AMG is one of the worst cars made by AMG. Top gear has made a top ten AMG cars. The SLK came in 8th place. Turbo is not something specific to BMW. But still BMW engineers have made the 335i engine, and it has the turbo system has the smalest latency on serial road cars today. The competition could only have kept pase untill now by turbocharching their engines (AMG or RS). Instead BMW only had normally aspirated engines. I wonder where what will be the figures for this turbocharged M5.
Sep 21, 2007 11:41 pm
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NardoW12
AMG is about luxury and power... I drove a SLK55 AMG before and yes it handles pretty bad compare to M3... but the SLK55 AMG does have more power and you feel more pushing while driving it...
Sep 18, 2007 3:19 am
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bmwaddict
Alpina and the M division are two very different concepts. The Alpina is related to overwhelming lux and power. Instead the M cars are pure sport and extraordinary road and track performance. Alpina is for BMW what almost AMG is for Mercedes. The M division is the heart of the BMW brand. Don't confuse them. M is BMW, you can't take them sepparately. Alpina is also making extraordinary cars, but it's something else than an M powered car. If you would drive an M3 you would understand. I drove an ML 55 AMG, it's not the best AMG, it's garbage actually. I have a friend that has an SL 55 AMG. After he drove my M3 he asked me who does he has to kill to get an M3. He still has the SL but when he really want's to feel alive he takes out the M3.
Sep 17, 2007 11:18 pm
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abu-fahd
bmwaddict, I wrote message for you up there ..
Sep 17, 2007 1:59 pm
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bmwaddict
I didn't thought M division will ever make a turbo powered engine, I guess there must be a first in everything. Regardless of what enybody sais the M5 is already a masterpiece. Nothing can beat it, there are close competitors but that's about it. They don't need to turbocharge this car. Regarding the M7, now that's something I've very much expected. The S63 AMG looks like the only person who would buy it would be a 80 year nutty. A customer of mine just bought himself a V10 Audi S8, and I must tell you it's madnees. BMW must do something about this. There is no competitor for S8, c'mon M division crush everybody again!!
Sep 16, 2007 4:29 pm
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Ferrariguy
I personally like both Benz and bimmers. Never cared too much for Audi. Aside from interiors I don't see anything special about them. I'm sure many people like the RS4, RS6, R8 and such, but not my cup of tea. I do, however, respect what they are trying to bring to the consumer though. I prefer AMG and M power baby!!!
Sep 13, 2007 8:51 am
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Ferrariguy
To the person who saids BMW's 5 liter V10 get 20+ mpg, that's ridiculous. Have you ever owned one? You'll be lucky to the get 17 on the highway and probably 8 or 9 on the streets. For 2008 the ratings for the m5 is 11/17.
Sep 13, 2007 8:48 am
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NardoW12
For the interior part, I like some BMW's interior but most Audis have very nice and futuristic interior...and that's my personal favorite. Precisely created with a well balanced style mixed from luxury and sporty, and some futuristic element...that's why Audi have great interiors(or best among Audi BMW and Benz) And for the target customers, I think BMW is for people who's looking for a car that can let them fit 4 or 5 people into it and bring them the joy of driving all the time. Benz is for people who is looking for a car with the feeling of a boat...luxurious and isolating as someone mentioned above. And Audi is for people who want a car with the element of luxurious and fun to drive once in a while. I personally like BMW the most, but interior...I love Audi... Mercedes..unless it's a CLK63AMG Black Series... I'm not going to consider buying one till I'm 50years plus...lol
Sep 12, 2007 11:20 pm
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benz_man
Three manufacturers who engineer incredible vehicles for three separate types of people. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi customers all expect first rate engineering with each manufacturers specific twist. BMW's drive "knife edged" with immediate turn-in, a taught, controlled ride and concise body movements. Mercedes Benz's are vault like with a ride that "flattens the surface beneath them" using suspension designs and control algorithms that employ the Skyhook Damping Theory. Audis...they're well Audi's. Crafted by the people who brought us the 911, the GTI and the Veyron! And yes, cosmetically speaking, Audi does interiors the best. Try and find an uneven cut-line in an A8...Better yet, try and find a cut-line at all!
Sep 12, 2007 10:05 pm
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amg55
by the way demen you're the one who has to grow up mate, so why don't you focus on growing hair on your parts...
Sep 12, 2007 5:40 pm
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barina47
amg55, youre way out of your depth here mate, and 'shouting' in upper-case wont make a nats difference. Want some balance on where MB fit into the scheme of things???? Check the last 5 years of J D Power surveys - WAY WAY down the list!! MB churn out crap cars, just like other manufacturers manage now and then, but this blog is a about BMW's new M5. When ALL car makers finally and at last realise their cars are getting heavier and heavier, and should be getting lighter and lighter, then you could have a legitimate discussion about N/A versus turbo's and superchargers. The so-called 'power race' is as obscene as the weight of the cars those German makers produce. A 'weight race'........now that would something else to see.
Jun 7, 2009 10:30 am
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amg55
demen, and you're point is..................I still don'y get you, all I know is that audis & bmw's are still pieces of crap
Sep 12, 2007 5:39 pm
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boyke69
i don't really like the 7-series. i prefer the s-class more, because luxury means isolation and whatsoever, and the 7-series is too firm to be a luxury car. but the twin turbo M5 is going to fire me up. by the way, the mercedes is too luxurious to be a driver's car. it's not really for old people, it's for those who want to be isolated from the outside world, and bmw is the real driver's car with all that fun. but the audi is the best all rounder.
Sep 12, 2007 5:28 pm
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amg55
WHAT, WHAT, WHAT AM I HEARING!!!!!, IS THERE EVEN ANY POINT TALKING TO YOU LOT, YOU SIMPLY AIN'T GOT THE BRAINS TO UNDERSTAND, YOU AND YOUR CARS SERIUOSLY AMUSE ME!!, AND ABT THE AUDI INTERIORS, CAN YOU EVEN TELL WERE ANYTHING IS - A PURE PEICE OF CRAP, car magazines simply come out with any rubbish - and you believe them! IT IS SO SICKENING, AND AS FOR THE BMW'S, THEY FLIPPIN' SOUND LIKE A GIRL SCREAMING AT HIGH REVS, SO WHAT IF IT 'FEELS BETTER TO DRIVE', IT BY NO CHANCE MAKES IT BETTER THAN MERCS, HAVE YOU EVEN SEEN THE AMG'S FOR eg THE 65, COMEDIANS SUCH AS AUDI AND BMW CAN'T EVEN DREAM THAT FAR, I can go on & on & on about how crap, horrible & rubbish bmw's and audi's exactly are, but I'll leave it to you to think abt, and I'll say again, MERCS ALWAYS HAVE RULED, AND THEY ALWAYS WILL, never forget that. THANKS VERY MUCH.
Sep 12, 2007 12:03 pm
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Ferrariguy
All this talk about which is better is ridiculous! Just drive them all and see which one's are your favorite. Different strokes for different folks. Every car manufacturer is different and each possess different strengths and weaknesses. Jeezz, how people argue over what's better and such.
Sep 12, 2007 11:25 am
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