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BMW cars are twice honored in a recent study from Business Insider UK, which revealed the top ten most expensive cars to insure in the US.

The ranking is calculated based on a single 40 years old male, commuting 12 miles every day and bearing in mind that prices also depend on location (for instance, insurance in Hawaii is cheaper than in Montana).

In 8th place, we have the BMW M6 convertible, for which you’ll have to shell out on average around $3,115 for an annual premium rate.

With just $32 more per year, the BMW 760Li comes in 7th place.

It’s the Nissan GT-R Nismo that tops the list by a relatively small margin with its $3,574 per year.

So you really have to evaluate your car budget taking into account your car insurance from the start. This can prove to be a rather big hole in your pocket if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a sports car in the first place.

With such high figures on the luxury and sports car insurance market, you might have to hunt a little bit harder to find the best deal to stay well insured in the event of theft or road accident.

A car usually falls into the luxury and sports vehicle category in the world of car insurances when its price tag climbs over $35,000.

For all other ordinary cars, a basic insurance plan is likely to be enough, but for more expensive vehicles, a more costly all-risk coverage option is often compulsory — which is probably in your best interest anyway.

This is a direct consequence of the fact that sports car are more powerful than ordinary vehicles and are considered more dangerous and much more prone to road accidents by insurance companies.

Considering that car accident claims can be filed up to 3 years after the initial crash by all people involved, it’s easy to realise the impact of the sports car market on the expenses of insurance companies.

What’s more, a shiny new sports car is also more likely to be stolen or damaged. For instance,  happy BMW M5 owners might need to find the best theft insurance around. With a theft rate of 7.58 per 1,000 sold, the M5 has one of the highest theft rates according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ordinary car insurance companies might also request that you invest in specific equipment to deter thieves and vandals, such as a high end car alarm or a GPS to localise the vehicle in the unfortunate event of it being stolen.

Sports car insurance rates for inexperienced young drivers are also rather high: you might want to wait an extra few years before you pass the keys to your sixteen years old.

One last factor that can radically send car insurance rates through the roof is the frequency of use. If you drive your sports car to work every day you’re also going to pay a lot more. So maybe keep it just for the weekends or special occasions?

At any rate, if the many restrictions and conditions are making it hard for you to find a car insurance on the market, your best bet is to take a look at specialised sports car insurance companies.



Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Videos, BMW

a501BMW M5 30th Anniversary Edition Video BMW takes 30th Anniversary Edition M5 out to drift

If you only look at the videos from BMW, it appears that the best way to celebrate the 30th birthday of the M5 is some smoky drifting, and it sure looks like a great way to mark the occasion to us. Now that the Bavarian brand’s new 30th anniversary special edition is all set to hit the road, the most powerful M5 ever is getting it own chance to roast its tires on video, as well.

The M5 30th Anniversary Edition shouldn’t have any problem hanging its rear end out, really. Under the hood, its twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 is turned up to 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque and can allegedly sprint to 60 miles per hour in a scant 3.7 seconds. That’s pretty impressive for any sports car but especially for a sedan that can still carry four passengers comfortably cosseted in leather and Alcantara upholstery.

BMW is making just 300 of these celebratory models worldwide, and appropriately for the anniversary, only 30 of them are going to be available in the US. If the special M5 doesn’t make your heart race, the video basks in a little nostalgia, as well, by showing off the original model for some historical context.


Filed under: Aftermarket, Sedan, Performance, BMW, Luxury, Quick Spins

5bde2014 dinan s1 bmw m5 2014 Dinan S1 BMW M5

The last time the Dinan name graced the pages of BMW Top News, Michael Harley was waxing poetic about the S3-R BMW 1M Coupe, a car that still stands in his ranks as one of the best cars he’s ever driven. And that wasn’t just because it was, you know, amazing. It’s because as far as tuners go, Dinan produces some seriously well-executed products. Harley said of the 1M, for example, “It was so fully formed and well-rounded that it felt like BMW itself had made it.”

Eager to sample some of these wholly wonderful wares, I cleared a few hours in my Monterey Car Week schedule and booked a date with the S1 M5 you see here – the (current) daily driver of Mr. Steve Dinan, himself. But unlike the S3-R 1M the company tuned previously, the donor car in question here is vastly different and, if I’m honest, not as good. See, I adore the stock 1M in a way words cannot express, but the standard-issue M5… good as it is, there are indeed a few flaws.

But after driving the Dinan S1 M5 around the Monterey Peninsula, I can confirm two things. First, Harley’s conclusion that Dinan builds products that feel 100 percent BMW-spec is absolutely true. And second, Steve and the gang haven’t just created a tuned M5, they’ve built a better one.

Driving Notes

  • Power is definitely a huge part of the Dinan M5 story, but trust me, the numbers don’t tell the whole tale. Thanks to a carbon fiber cold air intake, free-flow exhaust system and the Dinantronics Performance Tuner that alters the car’s ECU, output has been boosted to 675 horsepower and 644 pound-feet of torque – increases of 115 hp and 144 lb-ft over the standard M5. That horsepower number is even a full 100 greater than the Competition Pack-equipped sedan.
  • The following statement should come as no shock, then: this thing is quick. And while Dinan doesn’t provide specific 0-60 numbers, my seat-of-the-pants feeling is that it’s somewhere in the high-three-second range – definitely quicker than the 4.1-second 0-60 sprint of the standard M5. It’s a fast beast, too – the top speed is electronically limited to 190 miles per hour.
  • This specific car was fitted with BMW’s seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch ‘box, firing off incredibly quick shifts via the steering wheel-mounted paddles. If you’re keen on rowing your own, the S1 kit is available for cars equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, as well.
  • Like I said, this M5 isn’t just about sheer oomph. Underneath that big, four-door body are a host of chassis upgrades, including negative camber front control arms, lightweight tubular anti-roll bars, and Dinan’s specially developed adjustable coilover system – something that actually gives the car a lowered, more aggressive stance while decreasing body roll.
  • The Dinan M5 is lighter, too – 4,300 pounds, versus the stock M5’s curb weight of 4,390. And that lighter feeling is immediately noticeable the first time you enter a corner. The lowered ride height and more robust suspension setup allow the car to stay flat as a pancake through curves, and minimizes instances of both understeer and oversteer when really pushing.
  • Of course, with a lowered ride height, one would normally expect a harsher ride quality, but that isn’t the case here. You could really drive this thing every single day without issue, and during the start and end of my drive route in downtown Monterey, bumps and blemishes were easily managed by the S1 M5. It’s still plenty comfortable, like a big BMW should be. But do note, that lower stance can prove problematic on steep driveways or sudden changes in road elevation (yes, I scraped it – sorry, again, Mr. Dinan).
  • Once out of Monterey and on roads more apt for spirited driving, I would run the M5 hot through a bend, and Steve riding shotgun would tell me the car could handle even more than I was willing to give it on public pavement. Of course, the incredibly sticky 285/30ZR20 Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires helped here, offering tremendous amounts of grip; I didn’t even come close to finding their limits.
  • The standard M5 steering is fine here, offering plenty of feedback through the leather-wrapped wheel, and it’s through the helm where you really sense the car’s more agile demeanor. Where a normal M5 can feel piggish and heavy in corners, the Dinan-tuned example feels way more nimble. BMW’s stock carbon ceramic brakes work wonders, too, halting all that force with ease.
  • A final bit of praise goes to the tuned exhaust, which gives the M5 more aural delight. Additionally, the revised underhood bits allow the overall engine sound to be improved (though the M5’s active sound enhancer is still doing its job, too), with pronounced turbo whine – you can certainly hear a big difference, even at low speed.
  • The cabin remains stock, as does the rest of the exterior. Dinan does offer upgrades like aluminum pedals, carbon mirror caps, carbon fiber rear spoiler, a decklid badge and a serial number plaque, too.

Of course, all of this comes at a cost – $13,487 on top of the $93,600 M5 donor car. But consider this: the M5’s Competition Package will set you back $7,300, so for the extra $6,187 of the Dinan S1 tune, you’re getting a full 100 more horsepower on top of the already increased output, a better suspension setup, and a car that’s seriously better to drive. Plus, all of Dinan’s work is backed up by the same four-year/50,000-mile warranty offered by BMW, and you’re getting something rather unique. Besides, I have to imagine that if you’re already willing to spend over $100,000 for an M5, a few extra thousand bucks isn’t going to break you (says the man in the much lower tax bracket, of course). Got an M6? The same S1 kit is available for that car, too.

I’ll revert back to Harley’s thoughts here, and say that the best part of the Dinan experience is how well-rounded the whole thing feels – the car doesn’t feel all tuner-y like, say, a Roush Mustang. With the Dinan S1, you’re not just getting a hotted-up M5 with bolt-on bits. You’re getting a bona-fide supersedan with better chops than BMW itself can provide.

2014 Dinan S1 BMW M5 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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d91c001 bmw 435i m performance parts new BMW shows off 435i Coupe with M Performance parts

Greetings from the famous Circuito do Estoril racetrack in Portugal. We’re here to put the 2014 BMW 4 Series coupe through its paces, and we’ll have the chance to sample the updated 2014 BMW M5 with its new Competition Pack, as well. But before going out for some hot laps, we took a few minutes to check out this 435i Coupe that’s been fitted with a full suite of goodies from the BMW M Performance parts catalog.

Starting with the exterior, carbon fiber bits are the most noticeable additions, with the lightweight material added in the form of a massive front splitter, mirror caps and a rear spoiler. Other visual changes include lightweight 20-inch wheels, a blacked-out grille, and unique M Performance side stripes. No, that’s not a shadow you see under the 435i’s strong side character line – that’s a stripe. Yes, we’re serious.

Inside (we couldn’t get photos of the interior, sorry!), BMW has added its sport steering wheel with race display, unique M floormats, steel pedals, and a whole mess of carbon fiber and Alcantara trim.

But the M catalog isn’t just about added flair. Legitimate performance parts can be had, and for starters, this 435i is fitted with a power kit that increases engine output from 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to 334 and 332, respectively. Building upon that, there’s a limited-slip differential, performance suspension, upgraded brakes with red calipers and a rear apron diffuser finished in carbon.

BMW hasn’t announced official pricing for the 4 Series goodies as of this writing, but we should have a clearer idea of how much coin each option will warrant closer to the kit’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. Until then, have a glance through our gallery of live photos to take it all in for yourself.

BMW shows off 435i Coupe with M Performance parts originally appeared on BMW Top News on Sat, 20 Jul 2013 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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b72epetrolicious bmw m5 628 Watch this story of an unassuming 400,000 mile E28 M5

The band of misfits from Petrolicious have set their lenses on something truly delectable: Randy Balingit-Hartmann’s 1989 BMW M5. The car is spotlessly clean, but it hasn’t been sealed away in a garage somewhere for posterity. Balingit-Hartmann bought his M5 brand new, and it was one of the first models in Southern California.

Since then, he’s piled over 400,000 miles on the machine bombing through the canyons and hills around San Diego. It’s still running the original transmission and rear differential, though the engine has been given a substantial freshening. There’s also been a bit of suspension and exhaust work to keep the car quick over all these years.

Originally, Balingit-Hartmann purchased the car in his early 20s, and had to have his father come to the dealership with him to get the salesman to take him seriously. Since then, he’s kept the car through life’s highs and lows and a full passel of jobs, but the M5 remained a constant. Cheers to that. You can check out the beautifully told story below, and you can check out all the videos we’ve covered from Petrolicious here.

Continue reading Watch this story of an unassuming 400,000-mile E28 M5

Watch this story of an unassuming 400,000-mile E28 M5 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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