BMW of Manhattan is having quite a unique with a series of models configured by BMW Individual. Yesterday we saw the previous BMW ALPINA B7 featuring the Speed Yellow color and today, it’s the M5’s turn to wow us with a new paint job. This time around, the F90 M5 digs into the UK motor racing history and comes out with the British Racing Green color. With the many successes of British racing teams through the years, British Racing Green became a popular paint choice for British sports and luxury cars.
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Originally a solid color, British Racing Green is increasingly a metallic paint due to the limited range of solids offered by today’s manufacturers. Modern BMW-owned MINIs includes a British Racing Green color option. Originally a somewhat murky dark olive, this was updated to a fresher shade of metallic green in the 2011 version.
Now this very same paint job adorns the stunning and fast sports sedan, and the result is quite stunning. The cool green shade plays well with the M5’s character – unassuming at first but quite exciting once you start the engine and get behind the wheel. Most of the M5’s prowess comes from the new V8 TwinTurbo under the hood and of course, thanks to the first ever all-wheel drive system on an ///M Sedan.
Under the hood of the new BMW M5 lies a newly revised variant of the brand’s 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 600 hp on the nose and 553 lb-ft of torque. Compare that to the F10 M5, which has an older variant of the 4.4 liter V8, 575 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque (in Competition Package spec). So the new car is significantly more powerful. While the old F10 M5 used BMW’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the new F90 M5 uses an eight-speed ZF automatic.
The M5 Competition model has 625 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 25 hp but its torque figure stays the same. Both cars can run the standard sprint at around the 3.0 second mark, or better.
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