M5+muscles = world's fastest wagon

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IOL mot pic feb22 M5 Hurricane 4 . Almost the only external giveaways that this is a very special M5 Touring indeed are the 20" rims and slightly lowered suspension.

This, according to the maker, is the world's fastest station wagon, the G-Power M5 Hurricane RS Touring - but then, any conversion based on BMW's five-litre, V10 M5 is going to be something special, right?

Right - check the numbers:

551kW at 7500rpm; 750Nm at 5000rpm; 0-100: 4.5sec; 0-200: 9.7sec; 0-300: 26.0sec; Top speed: 360km/h (limited).

Eish! How's it done?

Each bank of the V10 engine has a ASA T1-316 supercharger, feeding through a twin-scroll, water-cooled intercooler finished in G-Power's signature characteristic orange. The cast-alloy intercooler replaces the normal plastic airbox above the engine, where its short inlet plumbing produces same the hair-trigger response as the standard M5 - but with considerably more muscle.

Inside, there are lightweight, precisely balanced Mahle high-performance forged pistons with lower compression and increased stiffness, running on special conrods and gudgeon pins. The result is 179kW and 230Nm more than the standard M5 Touring.

IOL mot pic feb22 M5 Hurricane 10 The cast-alloy intercooler, finished in G-Power orange, replaces the standard black plastic airbox. .

Running a two-ton station wagon at 360km/h also requires some chassis tweaks; the RS coil-over suspension has nine-way adjustability for compression and rebound, and infinitely variable ride height. The Hurricane also runs on special 20” Silverstone Diamond double-spoked, dished rims and Michelin Pilot Sport tyres - 255/35 in front and 285/30 at the rear.

Stopping the monster is entrusted to 396mm discs with six-pot callipers in front and 380mm platters gripped by four-piston callipers at the rear. Ceramic brakes are an extra-cost option.

The interior has also been completely re-trimmed in premium leather and alcantara - even the original seat cushions are reshaped to provide more lateral support before being re-upholstered. G-Power's trademark diamond stitching covers almost ever surface - including the headliner, floor mats and the flolr of the luggage compartment, with G-Power logos embossed on the seats and headliner.

Only 1025 of these wild wagons will be built, at a starting price of €242 016.80 (about R2.8 million) ex factory, without local taxes. The cost to land one in South Africa (assuming G-Power will build you a RHD version) would be about double that.

BMW SA also cautions that it would be unable to service or repair a G-Power conversion.

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bafana , wrote

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04:15pm on 22 February 2011
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power to the people

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:41pm on 22 February 2011
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This is awesome! But to fork out more than R5million for a stationwagon? Insane!

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