How ironic is it that IND is finally ready to showcase its tuned version of the F10 BMW M5 at the same time the 2012 SEMA show starts?
It all seems a little too well planned however we’re almost sure that under the skin, this was a project that saw many sleepless nights under the pressure of a deadline.
Come the premiere however, I’m sure they had themselves a good drink since they deserved it. It’s all been worth it and everybody who’ll buy one of these will enjoy it every day.
The body kit is developed in collaboration with 3D Design and Challenge Engineering. It not only looks great, it manages to refine the aerodynamics of the M5 and is lighter than the standard setup.
The carbon fiber used in the roof alone saves 50 lbs whereas the new trunk cover sheds another 22 pounds. Extra weight is lost inside by replacing the normal chairs with some Recaro buckets.
The roll cage probably adds back in though. Keeping with the handling focus, the suspension gets KW ClubSport coilovers and the brakes are now coming from CarboTech.
Really, even without talking about the very light alloy wheels or the Falken high-performance tires, the IND F10 BMW M5 sounds like a wonderful car to drive.
Given what it started out in life, and in factoring a new exhaust system from Eisenmann for the S63Tu engine, it’s pretty much impossible to fault this car.
Despite this, IND are telling us they’re about to make a Stage two performance package which will bring out more grunt from the 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8.