2012 M5 Spied!!!!!

Well, at least parts of it:

The 2012 M5 will be released in Frankfurt in late 2011. This generation of M5 will come turbocharged and making some excellent numbers. The outgoing M5 was rated at just over 500 horsepower and about 380 lb/ft of torque. The new turbo generation will be stepping into the ring with over 550 horsepower and over 500 lb/ft of torque. That is a TREMENDOUS difference in output, and all thanks to the twin turbocharged 4.4l direct injection V-8.

What makes this even more interesting, and some of you may already have realized this, is that this means that fancy M button on the steering wheel will most likely have a Much more dramatic effect. The outgoing model (Which will soon cease production) had a button on the steering wheel that, when pressed, released the full 500+ hp, firmed up the suspension, set the transmission shift firmness, and a number of other things. A simple press of a button took the car from mild mannered, civilized 400hp business express, to maniac in no time flat. Mind you, this was all on a naturally aspirated V-10. I predict that button on the new generation M5 will make that transformation just that much more dramatic. Boost control, fuel and timing mapping, gearbox and suspension, it’s all going to change with the press of a button. This will be one serious machine.

Lets all remember that the outgoing M5 was capable of 200mph in stock trim: I can only imagine the tuning potential of the new generation…

More pics and info @ Bimmerpost

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Promo

In case you missed it:

So, the 997 has been getting a little long in the tooth… Mind you, it’s all relative: How many other 7+ year old cars can do sub 3.5 0-60 mph times? I’m struggling to think of more than a handful of readily accessible cars that can do that, let alone cars that have been around the block a few times. The incoming 998 chassis is supposed to be a dramatic step in the Porsche “Let’s keep it the same, but change it” mentality. I’ve noted some quotes of 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. 2.8!!?!!! (As a point of reference, the Bugatti Veyron regularly lays down 2.5 second 0-60 times.) WOW! Granted, there is far more to a vehicle that the relative numbers, but if you’ve ever driven a Turbo Porsche, especially a later model, you’ll understand just how dramatic that is. Tons of new more ‘active’ gadgets are available on the new 998 chassis, and the GT2 model is just another iteration of the ‘Bug on drugs’ in action: