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Old 28th March 2008, 00:49   #1
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Supercharging for V10

In a response to a query about whether VF-Engineering intended to produce a supercharger for the V10, the following response was received:

The E60M5 is a car we had given very serious consideration towards for creating a supercharger product, however we could not justify the financial costs for creating the kit in respect to the size of the market.

As an idea, the R&D would cost $300,000 and take 6-9 months. This would yield a product that would raise power from 500hp to 675hp but would retail at $20,000 plus $3-4K for installation. In order for the project to have moved forward, we would need to sell a minimum of 50 units.

After discussion with several enthusiasts, we acertained that the above would probably not "appeal" to the M5/M6 owners. What do you think?

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A second response was that if anyone wants to contact them, they should do so through Nik, as follows: nik@vf-engineering.com

My personal observation is that they make a very nice package for the e46 M3.

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Old 28th March 2008, 01:07   #2
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very interesting. I think 50 units would be easy to sell nation wide. Not too sure bout the $20k retail price though. Perhaps maybe sell 75 at $15k per unit! Now we are talking.
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...Perhaps maybe sell 75 at $15k per unit! Now we are talking.
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Old 28th March 2008, 01:57   #4
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I would pay an extra 15k for 675hp in this car anyday!
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Depending on what kind of S/C unit they go with 675 HP might not be all that great on this particular car.

The E60 M5 lacks low RPM torque. A centrifical supercharger like Vortec makes maximum power as RPM's increase which means you may only gain 25-30 hp below 5000k rpms and make 675hp at 8000k. So the sedan would be sluggish off the line or start but feel like a seemless pull up top.

Interesting cost approach though, I did notice the word "PLUS" jump out at me after the $20,000

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If the product was tested, reliable, and DYNO proven, I'd pony up 20K for 150+ HP!!!
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Alas I see this product concept going the way of the e39 M5 s/c product concept.

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How about a V10 M5 TT kit?
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How about a V10 M5 TT kit?
I think ASR is handleing that department
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very interesting. I think 50 units would be easy to sell nation wide. Not too sure bout the $20k retail price though. Perhaps maybe sell 75 at $15k per unit! Now we are talking.
+1 and dont forget the international folks

everybody is talking about hp but lets not forget torque down under.
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