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BMW M CEO Kay Segler confirms carbon-composite brakes on F10 M5

3 Feb

By Matt McCarron

BMW Motorsport CEO Kay Segler announced on Jan. 31, in an interview with the Canadian media company Sympatico that the upcoming F10 M5 will have an option for carbon-ceramic brakes, something M5 owners have been longing for since the debut of the E39 M5.

Courtesy of M-B USA

The E39 M5 is a great automobile, with impeccable, classic BMW styling and a 5.0-liter,400 horsepower, V8 engine that blew away the competition at the time. However one of the aspects of the car, any car, the brakes, seemed to be inadequate. The E39 M5 is a heavy car, weighing over 3700 lbs. Therefore slowing down and stopping a 3700 lbs car, capable of reaching a top speed of 185mph (delimited) can be quite a task. This is especially the case in any type of racing or hard driving conditions. The E39 M5 came from the factory with four-wheel vented disc brakes measuring 13.6-inches in diameter in front and 12.9-inches in the rear. Because of this many enthusiasts who own a E39 M5 have invested in aftermarket brake rotors from companies such as StopTech, APRacing and Brembo.

The next generation of M5, the E60 featured cross drilled, vented disc brakes. However BMW still did not have  carbon-ceramic brakes as an available option. While BMW Motorsport chose not to invest in this equipment, their competition; Porsche, Audi and Mercedes-Benz did. Mercedes-Benz offer they own ceramic-composite brakes as an option through the AMG Performance Studio. They are available on the SLS, E63 and CLS63 AMG models, the latter two being some of the primary competitors to the F10 M5. Porsche has their Porsche ceramic-composite brake (PCCB), and available on all 911 models.

With the announcement from Segler BMW M looks like they have made a commitment to stay on par with the competition, and are still aware of the demanding nature of M owners. The new BMW ceramic-composite brakes will definitely be a good thing, even if they cost you your first child. After all, every M cars since the E30 M3 has increase in weight and power. With more power and weight behind today’s vehicle it’s more important than ever to be able to decelerate the car quickly and maintain control.

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The 911’s sinister sister: The Porsche Boxster S Black Edition

2 Feb

By Matt McCarron

Just days after the unveiling of their newest special edition vehicle, the 911 Black Edition, Porsche has done it yet again, this time with the Boxster S Black Edition. Much like its big brother, the 911, this Boxster will offer unique features, but more importantly, more horsepower.

The new Boxster will feature a long list of interior improvements and changes over the regular Boxster S. Namely a number of trim pieces, such as area around the gear selector for the PDK seven-speed double clutch transmission. If you choose the old-school 6-speed manual transmission the area around the shifter will be painted in black. Another special feature the Boxster share with the 911 is the use of aluminum and stainless steel trim pieces. All of these interior and exterior visual enhancements are courtesy of the standard Design Package, an option on other Boxster models. The Black Edition Boxster also features the optional Convenience Package as standard equipment. This package as such goodies as the includes Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering function, a wind deflector, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, rain sensor and automatic climate control. But wait, I’m not done. This plentiful Porsche also has the Infotainment Package, giving the driver a host of entertainment options at their fingertips, literally. The package adds a touch screen Porsche Communication Management system (PCM), Bose surround sound stereo system as well as XM satellite radio.

Now to the area which really matters, weight and horsepower. The Boxster S Black Edition features an additional 10-horsepower from its 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine. The end result is 320 hp at 7,200 rpm and 273 lb-ft at 4,750 rpm. Not only do you get added horsepower, but the fuel economy doesn’t suffer. Coupled with the PDK seven-speed double clutch transmission, the special Boxster S get an estimated 20 city and 29 highway. The 6-speed manual offers 19 city and 26 highway respectively. In the weight department this Boxster S has been on a diet. It features the lightest 19-inch wheels in the Porsche repertoire, and a lightweight spring-strut suspension.

All in all the Boxster S Black Edition appears to be a very good value for the money, $65,200 MSRP. You get more horsepower, more features and optional packages for less money. Porsche says that compared to the MSRP of a similarly equipped Boxster S, the Boxster S Black Edition saves the customer $3,200. And that sounds like a good deal, especially when you drive out of the dealership with a special edition Porsche, your left hand on the steering wheel, your right on the gear selector and $3,200 in your back pocket.

2012 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition: Courtesy Porsche North America

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