Automobile http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars - Automotive Magazine Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:44:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 Mazda USA CEO Says Diesel Vehicles Are Still Coming to the U.S. http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-usa-ceo-says-diesel-vehicles-are-still-coming-to-the-us/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-usa-ceo-says-diesel-vehicles-are-still-coming-to-the-us/#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:30:25 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970417 Mazda is still committed to bringing diesel-powered vehicles to the U.S., according to a new report from Automotive News. The automaker’s U.S. boss Masamichi Kogai said that diesel-powered Mazdas are still coming and even has an internal timeline as to when they will arrive, which he didn’t share. Kogai told AN that he wants to launch diesel-powered vehicles...

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Mazda is still committed to bringing diesel-powered vehicles to the U.S., according to a new report from Automotive NewsThe automaker’s U.S. boss Masamichi Kogai said that diesel-powered Mazdas are still coming and even has an internal timeline as to when they will arrive, which he didn’t share.

Kogai told AN that he wants to launch diesel-powered vehicles while he’s still the head of Mazda North American Operations. Due to strict emissions standards in the U.S., Mazda has struggled to make its Skyactiv-D diesel engine compliant without the need to use an exhaust aftertreatment system. Hiroyuki Matsumoto, the general manager of  vehicle development at Mazda says that he is confident that the automaker will be able to achieve clean emissions without sacrificing performance.

Matsumoto also revealed that the next-generation of Skyactiv technologies, dubbed Skyactiv 2, will debut by 2019 and encompass everything from engines to platforms so that its future vehicles are lighter, more fuel efficient and handle better than the current cars. Mazda said that one of the highlights of the upcoming Skyactiv 2 suite will be a new gas engine that is said to be 30 percent more efficient than the current lineup of Skyactiv powertrains. This engine, which is currently under development, is also expected to have a compression ratio of 18:1, according to AN. Currently, Mazda uses a 13:1 compression ratio for its naturally aspirated engines in some of its U.S.-spec vehicles, including the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-5 and MX-5 Miata. In other world markets ,some  of Mazda’s vehicles use 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G I-4 engines that have a 14:1 compression ratio.

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We Hear: Next-Generation Mazda MX-5 Miata to Lose Even More Weight http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hear-next-generation-mazda-mx-5-miata-lose-even-weight/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/hear-next-generation-mazda-mx-5-miata-lose-even-weight/#respond Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:30:26 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970395 It has only been over a year since the fourth-generation ND Mazda MX-5 Miata went on sale but word about the next-generation of the automaker’s iconic roadster has already started surfacing. Speaking with Autocar, MX-5 Miata program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto said that the next-generation car’s size will stay the same but it will lose weight and improve...

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It has only been over a year since the fourth-generation ND Mazda MX-5 Miata went on sale but word about the next-generation of the automaker’s iconic roadster has already started surfacing. Speaking with Autocar, MX-5 Miata program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto said that the next-generation car’s size will stay the same but it will lose weight and improve efficiency via extensive use of lightweight materials in the construction of the car.

“The size is right,” Yamamoto said to Autocar. “But in the future, lightweight materials will be very important and will be used in this car. Now carbon fiber is very expensive, but we have in development affordable carbon fiber, so the MX-5 will be lighter in the future.”

When asked about powertrains for the next-generation MX-5, Yamamoto told Autocar that smaller engines and tires will be used since there won’t be that much mass to move. Outside of the U.S., Mazda sells a base model MX-5 Miata with a 1.5-liter I-4 rated at 129 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque, which slots below the 155-hp 2.0-liter I-4. Yamamoto also revealed that the Speedster and Spyder concepts shown at SEMA last year won’t be produced.

The current-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata weighs 148 pounds less than the car it replaced and is currently the quickest version of the car to date. Compared to the previous-generation NC Miata, the ND Miata was also a leap forward in fuel efficiency at 27/34 mpg city/highway with the manual and 27/36 mpg with the automatic, which is an improvement of 25 and 30 percent respectively. Earlier this year, Mazda revealed a power retractable hardtop version called the MX-5 Miata RF (retractable fastback).

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Buy the First 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition for $88,888 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/buy-first-2015-mitsubishi-lancer-evolution-final-edition-88888/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/buy-first-2015-mitsubishi-lancer-evolution-final-edition-88888/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:13:42 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970375 Looking for one of the 1,600 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Editions? There are quite a few available right now on eBay, most of them priced around $36,000. If you’re looking for the first car built of the 1,600, you’d better be willing to part with a hefty chunk of change, however. Final Edition #0001 is...

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Looking for one of the 1,600 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Editions? There are quite a few available right now on eBay, most of them priced around $36,000. If you’re looking for the first car built of the 1,600, you’d better be willing to part with a hefty chunk of change, however. Final Edition #0001 is for sale at a Brooklyn, N.Y. dealer, with a price tag pegged at an eye-watering $88,888.

Looking at the online ad, it’s apparent this wasn’t a clerical error.  The dealer apparently believes there is some Evo enthusiast desperate enough to have the very first serial issue of the Final Edition, that he or she would be willing to drop over double the original value on an outdated, rough-around-the-edges Mitsubishi sports sedan.

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Of course, this is being a little unfair. Looking at past auction data from Barrett-Jackson reveals the first and the last run of a popular and iconic car always bring in a lot of cash. Still, we can’t help but think this is significantly overpriced, especially since this exact car was sold late last year at auction for just $46,200.

If you are the maniac who writes that heavy check, you’ll get what is probably the best Evo ever sold on these shores. To celebrate the end of Mitsubishi’s road-bound rally car, the Japanese automaker crammed this special edition full of go-fast bits. Underneath the hood beats the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but the engine now spits out an additional 12 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque, rounding out at 303 hp and 305 lb-ft. The car is upgraded to Evo MR spec, with beefy Brembo brakes up front, Bilstein shocks, and stiff Eibach springs. Of course, “Final Edition” badges are shotgunned around the exterior and interior of the car, culminating in a snazzy number plaque just north of the shifter.

Check out the listing here before it is sold.

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Toyo Tires’ Ferret AFV is a Six-Wheeled, LS-Powered Monster http://www.automobilemag.com/news/toyo-tires-ferret-afv-six-wheeled-ls-powered-monster/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/toyo-tires-ferret-afv-six-wheeled-ls-powered-monster/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:49:08 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970331 Most of the time, when a tire manufacturer looks to create a show car for advertising its off-road tires, it slaps some big tires and wheels on a brightly-colored lifted truck, Jeep, or desert Prerunner. Apparently, someone in the marketing department over at Toyo Tires has quite the overactive imagination when it comes to marketing...

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Most of the time, when a tire manufacturer looks to create a show car for advertising its off-road tires, it slaps some big tires and wheels on a brightly-colored lifted truck, Jeep, or desert Prerunner. Apparently, someone in the marketing department over at Toyo Tires has quite the overactive imagination when it comes to marketing vehicles, as they commissioned an insane LS-powered 1959 Ferret armored six-wheeler.

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To help bring this off-road fever dream into reality, Toyo partnered up with Action Vehicles Engineering and restomodded the decrepit Ferret into the six-wheeled monster you see in the video below. Not many in-depth details are available, but from what we can see in the brief video, it’s been thoroughly modernized. Gone is the sickly 130-hp Rolls-Royce inline-six engine, replaced with a red-blooded LS V-8 powerhouse. Up top, the cannon turret attachment was replaced with a functional grappling hook winch contraption.

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Underneath, Action Vehicle Engineering says the chassis was modified to fit some seriously beefy King suspension bits. This provided clearance for the exceptionally large 39-inch Toyo Open Country tires. See those two tires mounted in the middle of the Ferret? Those are non-powered auxiliary tires which can be raised and lowered for an extra rubbery footprint on rough terrain.

Of course, such an incredible rig deserves some serious talent behind the wheel. Toyo lent the Ferret to off-road racing maniac and several-time world champion BJ Baldwin for the video. Unsurprisingly, he does a great job flinging gravel and crunching dead logs with the mad Ferret.

Check out BJ Baldwin’s stint in Toyo Tires’ 1959 Ferret below.

 

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BMW M5 Competition Edition Is a Delicious Piece of Forbidden Fruit http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bmw-m5-competition-edition-delicious-piece-forbidden-fruit/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bmw-m5-competition-edition-delicious-piece-forbidden-fruit/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:45:59 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970353 It may not be quite as exclusive as the M5 Pure Metal Silver Edition, but the BMW M5 Competition Edition offers a similar set of thoughtful updates. Unfortunately, it won’t be available in the U.S. BMW is selling 200 copies of its M5 Competition Edition for the European market. The model features a familiar 4.4-liter...

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It may not be quite as exclusive as the M5 Pure Metal Silver Edition, but the BMW M5 Competition Edition offers a similar set of thoughtful updates. Unfortunately, it won’t be available in the U.S.

BMW is selling 200 copies of its M5 Competition Edition for the European market. The model features a familiar 4.4-liter V-8 tuned to produce 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That’s up from the 560 hp and 500 lb-ft offered on the standard M5. BMW claims its Competition Edition can sprint to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. The Competition Package comes standard on this model, adding a beefier suspension, revised steering system, and other performance upgrades.

Unique badges and paint colors distinguish the Competition Edition from the rest of the M5 lineup. Half the models will feature a Carbon Black metallic paint job, and the other half will bear a Mineral White metallic exterior. Twenty-inch double-spoke M wheels in a Jet Black finish pair well with the high gloss black kidney grilles and black side inlets. The rear diffuser and mirror caps are dressed in carbon.

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Inside the cabin, look for Merino Black leather and specially embroidered headrests on the seats. The model also boasts a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, head-up display, lane departure warning, and heated seats.

The BMW M5 Competition Edition is priced at 129,500 euros, or a little over $142,000 at today’s exchange rates.

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2017 Genesis G80 Adds Standard Active Safety Suite http://www.automobilemag.com/news/u-s-spec-2017-genesis-g80-adds-standard-active-safety-features/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/u-s-spec-2017-genesis-g80-adds-standard-active-safety-features/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:30:51 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970115 Genesis outlined changes for the 2017 G80, formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis sedan. While its exterior design remains largely the same after transitioning into the Genesis brand, the car does gain a longer list of standard features.  The 3.8-liter V-6 with 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque carries over as the base engine,...

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Genesis outlined changes for the 2017 G80, formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis sedan. While its exterior design remains largely the same after transitioning into the Genesis brand, the car does gain a longer list of standard features.  The 3.8-liter V-6 with 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque carries over as the base engine, while the 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 420 hp and 383 lb-ft is optional. An eight-speed automatic transmission remains the only gearbox offered while all-wheel drive is optional on the V-6-powered G80.

The most notable addition is a full suite of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and high beam assist. These are now standard across the G80 range. Thanks to the active safety and collision avoidance features, Genesis expects the G80 to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have also been integrated into the G80’s infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touchscreen as standard and can be upgraded to a 9.2-inch unit as part of an optional package. Additional features that come standard or as options include navigation, a 4.3- or 7-inch display in between the gauges, a 17-speaker Lexicon Discrete Logic 7 Surround premium audio system, and a head-up display.

In the Korean market, Genesis also released the G80 Sport, which is powered by a 365-hp 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6. However, it’s not yet known if that model will be sold in North America.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG G65 One Week Review http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-mercedes-amg-g65-one-week-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-mercedes-amg-g65-one-week-review/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:00:21 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=969765 Mercedes-AMG is not historically known for rational decisions. If you’re looking for a perfect example of this deep-seated Affalterbach zaniness, consider the 2016 Mercedes-AMG G65. Mercedes decided it would be prudent to cram its stupendously powerful 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 under the hood of the oldest and most unwieldy vehicle in its lineup, and the result...

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Mercedes-AMG is not historically known for rational decisions. If you’re looking for a perfect example of this deep-seated Affalterbach zaniness, consider the 2016 Mercedes-AMG G65. Mercedes decided it would be prudent to cram its stupendously powerful 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 under the hood of the oldest and most unwieldy vehicle in its lineup, and the result was something akin to chucking a cinderblock into the winds of a hurricane. We spent a week with the G65, and took a deep drink of what Mercedes-AMG engineers can do when let off the chain.

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No matter which angle you approach it from, the G65 is a surreal vehicle. Visually, it’s the same tried-and-true mil-spec truck we have come to know and love for the past 37 years. Underneath, however, its teeming with Mercedes’ latest chassis, powertrain, and infotainment technology. Despite the incredible effort Mercedes put into modernizing the G-Class, the age bleeds through. Inside, it’s a wonderland of quilted leather, carbon fiber, and matte metals, but the controls are scattered around the cabin in a haphazard pattern. Everything is heavy, exposed, and deliberate; remotely unlock the truck, and the mechanical locks crack into place with the audible ferocity of a bullwhip.

This unpolished attitude is fine and dandy until you realize the V-12 Gelandewagen will send your accountant scurrying for the hills with a base price of $218,825. The G63? That’s a pittance, stickering in at a “reasonable” $140,825. Yes, the G65 is a brain-bending $78,000 more than the V-8 powered G63 AMG, a car the G65 looks identical to in every single way. Unless you direct passersby to the smallish “V12 Biturbo” badge on the front fenders, your $78,000 will go unnoticed.

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From behind the wheel, though, there is no mistaking the 621-hp V-12 powerhouse under the slab-sided hood for anything other than Merc’s old M279 mill. This is an ancient dynamo, the starter motor spinning with an eldritch howl all V-12s are blessed with. Bury the throttle, and the G65 physically twists, the on-board systems declaring war against the rush of 738 lb-ft of torque.

Power from the single overhead cam builds high in the rev range and a guttural vibration echoes from the depths of the three locking differentials. Despite permanent four-wheel drive, it never advances with any sort of control. Mercedes claims the 6,000-pound G65 will hustle to 60 mph in a terrifying 5.2 seconds, just 0.1 seconds faster than the G63. Once 60 mph is dispatched, you quickly charge to supralegal three-digit speeds in a vehicle initially designed for toppling governments in desert states rather than charging down the Autobahn.

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It isn’t until you slow down and cruise around town when the G65 begins to make sense. It’s a four-wheeled cube of excess, meant to one-up every SUV short of a Bentley Bentayga. Aside from the crude road manners, it’s a genuinely popular car, regardless of the under-hood displacement. I received more thumbs-up and had more pictures snapped of me than anything save a BMW i8 we drove earlier in the month. Onlookers waved, smiled, and pointed us out to their friends. On the highway, cars slowed down to get a better look. Had we stopped by a valet, the G65 would have certainly found its way to the front of the restaurant’s curb.

For bragging rights alone, it’s worth every penny. Sure, the V-8 G63 is substantially less expensive, but it doesn’t have the same presence, the same devil-may-care attitude as the V-12. Package this tremendous power with the G-Class’ rough-and-tumble build, and we’ll pass right by the pickup truck the next time we go glamping, and into the quilted seat of the G65. We’ll get there much faster.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG G65

ON SALE: Now

PRICE: $218,825 (base)

ENGINE: 6.0L SOHC 36-valve Twin-Turbocharged V-12/621 hp @ 5,000-5,300 rpm, 738  lb-ft @ 2,300-4,300 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic

LAYOUT: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, 4WD SUV

EPA MILEAGE: 11/13 city/highway

L x W x H: 187.5 x 80.9 x 76.3 in

WHEELBASE: 112.2 in

WEIGHT: 5,924 lb

0-60 MPH: 5.2 sec

TOP SPEED: 143 mph

 

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FCA May Build Body-on-Frame SUV to Compete with Ford, GM http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fca-may-build-body-on-frame-suv-to-compete-ford-gm/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fca-may-build-body-on-frame-suv-to-compete-ford-gm/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:14:39 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970287 Large body-on-frame SUVs command big profit margins for automakers, and now Fiat Chrysler wants a piece of the pie. The company may build a large SUV to compete with models like the Chevrolet Tahoe, reports the Detroit Free Press. The platform underpinning the current Ram pickup could serve well on a large SUV, said Ram...

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Large body-on-frame SUVs command big profit margins for automakers, and now Fiat Chrysler wants a piece of the pie. The company may build a large SUV to compete with models like the Chevrolet Tahoe, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The platform underpinning the current Ram pickup could serve well on a large SUV, said Ram CEO Mike Manley. But we might have to wait until the next-generation Ram pickup debuts. The new pickup should head to market in early 2018.

“You have the opportunity with a new frame for the next-generation Ram,” Manley said. “You have the opportunity to take a large SUV off of it because we already have a very, very capable frame today that is going to be upgraded.”

Although it will be based on the Ram pickup, the SUV is likely destined for one of FCA’s other brands:  Jeep, Dodge, or Chrysler.

The full-size pickup market is undoubtedly lucrative, but FCA is missing out on potentially huge profits by not offering a large SUV similar to the ones from Ford and GM. Analysts estimate that GM makes at least $10,000 for each large SUV it sells. Last year, GM sold a total of more than 200,000 copies of its Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, and GMC Yukon models.

Ram might also see the return of a midsize pickup offering in the near future. “We’re looking into it,” Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said earlier this year about a midsize Ram truck. It’s yet to be determined whether it would adopt a body-on-frame setup.

Meanwhile, FCA is plotting a large SUV for Jeep under the Wagoneer label. The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer will both use the same architecture as the next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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BMW to Sell V-8s to Jaguar Land Rover http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bmw-sell-v-8s-jaguar-land-rover/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bmw-sell-v-8s-jaguar-land-rover/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:32:21 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970107 I-4 is the new V-6. As emissions and fuel consumption standards tighten, automakers have been downsizing engines across the board. While the 3.0-liter V-6 had been the baseline engine for premium automakers for years, that role belongs to the 2.0-liter inline four. That means the V-8 is fast becoming a specialty engine. V-8s used to...

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I-4 is the new V-6. As emissions and fuel consumption standards tighten, automakers have been downsizing engines across the board. While the 3.0-liter V-6 had been the baseline engine for premium automakers for years, that role belongs to the 2.0-liter inline four. That means the V-8 is fast becoming a specialty engine.

V-8s used to be relatively cost effective to produce, as they shared key pieces of hardware with V-6 engines. Now, as automakers look to apply that strategy to I-4s – upsizing the basic architecture to produce 3.0-liter I-6 engines and downsizing it to produce 1.5-liter I-3s – a new V-8 is now not only a tougher proposition from a regulatory perspective, but also more expensive to design and make.

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This backdrop explains a deal being hammered out between BMW and Jaguar Land Rover whereby the Bavarians will supply an upgraded version of its twin-turbo V-8 to the Brits for use in high-end Jaguar and Land Rover models. The current 4.4-liter BMW V-8 develops between 450 and 600 hp, depending on spec. A leaner, stronger, and torquier 4.0-liter variant is in the works, and it’s this engine that’s likely to appear in JLR vehicles.

At first glance, the deal would seem to favor JLR, which is developing I-6 and I-3 engines off the Ingenium I-4 architecture, and will ultimately need a new V-8 for its SVR Jaguars and Land Rovers. But decreasing demand and increasing costs means BMW has reached a point where it needs the added volume from a second player to make the business case for the V-8.

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2016 BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver Edition Limited to Just 50 Units http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-bmw-m5-pure-metal-silver-edition-limited-just-50-units/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-bmw-m5-pure-metal-silver-edition-limited-just-50-units/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:01:14 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=970091 BMW is at it again with its uniquely colored special-edition models. The latest iteration is the 2016 BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition, which will be limited to just 50 units in the U.S. Like the name suggests, the special M5 receives an exclusive Pure Metal Silver paint job, but also gets a power...

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BMW is at it again with its uniquely colored special-edition models. The latest iteration is the 2016 BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition, which will be limited to just 50 units in the U.S. Like the name suggests, the special M5 receives an exclusive Pure Metal Silver paint job, but also gets a power boost and additional content.

BMW says the Pure Metal Silver finish is the most exclusive paint color offered by BMW Individual. A unique layering process is used to create a light/dark effect, with hundreds of thousands of “ultra-thin” aluminum flakes glimmering in a special-effect pigment and water-based paint system. BMW says the limited-edition cars are “completely removed from the regular production process” so the surface can be checked three times to ensure perfection before the paint is applied by hand. A Glacier Silver Metal base coat is applied first, then the surface is checked again and sprayed with the namesake Pure Metal Silver.

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But the special model isn’t all show and no extra go. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 has been massaged to produce 591 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 31 hp and 16 lb-ft over the standard M5. The engine is mated exclusively to a seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission. The M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition also comes standard with the Competition Package, which includes a 0.4-inch lower ride height, stiffer suspension, and firmer stabilizer bars. Also standard are M carbon ceramic brakes and the M Driver’s Package, which raises the top speed from 155 mph to 190 mph and includes a one-day performance driving school at one of two BMW Performance Centers. The special M5 rides on a staggered set of unique 20-inch M Light forged alloy wheels wrapped in 265/35 front and 295/30 rear performance tires. The M Dynamic Mode of the stability control system is also uniquely tuned for the M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition to match the other performance upgrades.

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Additional enhancements to the exterior include an M Performance Exhaust with carbon bezels and blacked out kidney grilles. The interior is upholstered in Merino leather with contrast stitching, and it also gets aluminum trim to complement the Pure Metal Silver M5 1/50 badge. A head-up display, navigation, BMW Driving Assistant, and hands-free keyless access come standard. The 2016 BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition will start at $131,895 when it arrives this August, but you’d better hurry if you want one as quantities are limited.

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