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It has a 3.0L 6-cylinder in-line engine with exhaust gas turbocharger & electric auxiliary compressor generating 429 hp & a maximum torque of 384 lb-ft. Its EQ Boost starter- alternator momentarily provides an additional 21 hp of output plus 184 lb-ft of torque and furthermore feeds the 48 V on-board electrical system. Other technical highlights include the AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission & the fully variable all-wheel drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC+.
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BMW Sets Two Guinness World Records for Drifting
The new BMW M5 is in record fever: on December 11, 2017, instructor Johan Schwartz performed a sustained drift at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina, in the BMW M5, covering exactly 232.5 miles (374.2km) on a skid pad, thereby setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest drift in 8 hours. Schwartz shattered the previous record by 143 miles (230.1 km).
A custom-built refueling system developed by BMW in collaboration with the North Carolina-based company Detroit Speed made it possible to drift continuously without a break for the full eight hours as required by the Guinness World Records. This enabled the BMW M5 to be refueled during the drift in the same way that fighter jets can refuel in mid-flight – though in this case the operation was performed by hand: a second BMW M5 driven by the Chief Driving Instructor of the BMW Performance Center, Matt Mullins, accompanied the record-breaking M5. Mullins adapted to Schwartz’s drifting speed, allowing Matt Butts of Detroit Speed to carrying out the refueling operation, secured by a safety tether that permitted him to straddle the space between the two moving vehicles by leaning out of the rear window of the second car.
A second Guinness World Record was awarded for the longest twin vehicle water-assisted drift: Schwartz and Mullins drifted together for one hour, covering a total of 49.25 miles (79.3 kilometers).