It’s been over 8 years since the last M5 Touring rolled off a BMW production line - with a supposed lack of demand being the nail that closed the fast estates coffin for BMW. Happily however, German tuning company Carbonfibre Dynamics has taken it upon themselves to amend the abject discrepancy in BMW’s performance range.
In order to do this, they take the whole drivetrain from an F10 M5, and shove it into a 550i Touring. For the avoidance of doubt, that’s the engine, gearbox, suspension, differential, and everything that dynamically defines the F10 M5. After this, all the various computing bits and bobs were transferred over, and reprogrammed completely. All in all, this process took 8 months.
While this would’ve signalled job-done for many, it wasn’t quite enough for the people at CD. They therefore went on to swap the suspension, fit bigger brakes, and a carbon fibre styling package to give it the M5 look. Then, they fitted the 4.4L V8 with a pair of better turbochargers, and an improved cooling system. Finally, they helped the gearbox handle the extra oomph with a new 10-plate clutch.
How much of that aforementioned extra oomph did their modifications bring, I hear you ask? At this moment, the M5 R Touring (as CD has christened it) is producing 720bhp. Soon however, it’ll be undergoing further surgery at BMW experts Aulitzky Tuning - who aim to raise power to 900bhp, and 960lb-ft of torque. And yes, just in case you were wondering - it retains rear wheel drive!
Has it gone too far? Perhaps. The F10 M5 struggled to handling its torque in stock tune. Taking it up to such a high figure will undoubtably exacerbate that problem to extreme bottom-clenching levels. But whether it does or not, it’s nice to know there are people out there with the ability to create such crazy cars.
Be honest though guys, on a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you want this M5? Let me know in the comments.
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