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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Evelio Figueroa, Sep 25, 2003.
I'd love to get the wheel on this bad boy
I'm sure like most US cars, the interior will be made with the cheapest plastic you can find. I always hate how Chevrolet and Ford worry so much about power output and don't put in much effort into the interior. They seem to make the interior out of the cheapest plastic you can find.
I can't wait to get a hold of the new BMW M5 in 2005. It will have a minimum 500HP from it's V-10 and will do 0-60 in approximately 3.8 seconds. All this from a 4-door family sedan with plush interior and handling. Of course, this will set you back $80,000.
Hmmmm.. when they make a supercharged SVT Cobra V10 I'll finally be interested in buying a Ford.
Naw, how 'bout that W12 VW Phaeton! It's a long way from the Bug!
Car and Driver
Glad I am not the only one! It's not that the 7/new 5 series is ugly, it really isn't. It just doesn't do it for me. I prefer the lines of the current 3,5, and Z8 better.
I currently have a BMW 540i Sport (6 speen manual 310HP V-8) and was looking forward to upgrading to the new M5. I agree that the styling is much different that the current model. I'll wait to see it in person before I make any judgements about the looks. It's also possible they will increase power output to 550HP. The 500HP is the minimum horsepower.
I LOVE my BMW.
How are they proposing to crank out 550hp; a V10 or a blown V8?
Hey Jason, ever been here?
You have a great car there, I'm jealous! An old boss of a close friend had BOTH a 540i Sport and an M5 (actually at one point he had 2 540i's and the M5). My friend has driven them both, and said while the M5 has more power and is quicker, a 540i Sport is all any car enthusiast would ever need. What year is your 540i and how did you get 310 HP out of your 540i, I thought they came with the same V8 as the 7 series which had 282 HP. Did they bump up the HP recently from the 282 it previously had?
Scott L, they are using a V10. You won't ever find a blower or supercharger on a BMW. I read an article on the new V12 7 series in Motor Trend or Car and Driver in which the writer asked BMW's engineers why they didn't use a supercharged V8 like an AMG Benz, and the response from the BMW engineer was "Nein!" The article went on to say that basically BMW's engineers think that is a lazy way to get power and they insist on normally aspirated engines.
I was thinking about it this morning, and it's not that I don't like the new design of the 7 and soon to be 5 series. It is that they look too passive. The current 3 and 5 series along with the old 7 series look very aggressive, which I like better. Gives them more of a sporty look IMO.
If it were not for american cars ungodly sticker price, poor build quality, boring-to-ugly style, cheap interiors, lowest-bidder suspension, terrible resale value, inflated insurance costs, and a lack of progressive technology, I'd probably consider buying this car. But then I'd just decide I'd be better-off spending less of my money on a faster motorcycle AND a more practical foreign car.