When it comes to high-end cars, many people simply have to have the latest and greatest evolution of a particular nameplate. Often times, that’s fairly easy to justify, as most next generation cars have more power, better fuel economy, more room and more toys than their predecessors. But the fact of the matter is a lot of buyers just want new cars because they’re, well, new. They’re better for rubbing their friends’ and neighbors’ faces in it and what have you.
And that’s a shame, because newer isn’t always better. Sure, the current E92-chassis BMW M3 is a spectacular car, but it doesn’t get us quite as hot or bothered as the prior E46 M3. Maybe it’s because we find the styling more pleasing, or the 3.2L straight-six more fascinating than the comparatively hum-drum 4.0L V8 (as hum-drum as a 4.0L V8 that makes 414 normally aspirated horsepower can be, anyway), but we just find ourselves digging it a little more than the E92. And we dig this G-Power tuned example even more.
In spite of (or maybe because of) onslaughts from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Cadillac CTS-V, BMW has made its latest M5 monumentally quick. Based on the F10 5 Series, the fifth generation M5 packs a twin-turbo V8, rapid-fire twin-clutch transmission and chassis tuning that makes it behave like a much smaller and swoopier car. The net effect is a car that arguably maintains the nameplate’s status as the luxury super sedan gold standard.
But why settle for gold when you can have platinum? That’s sort of the thinking behind the bevy of F10 M5 upgrades recently announced by esteemed BMW tuner G-Power. Do they provide a big enough bump over the stock model to warrant consideration? Let’s find out.
We, like many enthusiasts, are lamenting the slow demise of the big displacement, high-revving normally-aspirated high performance engine in favor of downsized, forced-induction engines. Sure, they’re usually just as powerful as (and in many cases, more powerful than) their immediate predecessors, and serve up torque curves that are flatter than a tortilla that’s been run over by an A380, but they tend to go about their business in quiet, drama-free fashion. Hardly the behavior befitting a sporty car.
So we’ll forgive the odd snort of derision with which some of you might be greeting German tuner G-Power’s latest supercharged BMW, the M3 Tornado RS. Why would anyone pollute the hellhound howl of the current M3’s 4.0L unboosted V8 with blower whine? Well, G-Power does have a good reason to strap on a supercharger or, more accurately, 710 good reasons.
With a fresh world record set about half a year ago, and a stable of fast, unforgiving and powerful automobiles set to launch this year, 2011 should be a great year for lovers of tire-burning acceleration and unbridled velocity. Here are the cars that promise to make 2011 the year of speed.