R&D by Dr. Sabine Willeke
Most unique BMW M5 ever.
When the VW group took over Bentley and Bugatti in 1998, owner Ferdinand Piëch wanted to develop a new engine to distinguish the future cars from the competition.
Ferdinand Piëch personally appointed Dr. Sabine (Wolfram) Willeke to develop some new engines. During the development of the W16, W12, W10 and W8 engines, they were looking for a test car for Ferdinand Piëch. Since there was no car at the time that could handle the power of the W10 engine, they opted for the BMW M5 with manual gearbox.
Ferdinand Piëch was so satisfied with this BMW M5 with W10 engine that he used the M5 himself for his private rides.
The successes of the W motors developed by Sabine (Wolfram) Willeke are considerable. Bentley introduced the new Continental GT in Paris in 2002 with this W12 engine and in 2003 it was up to the Bugatti EB 16/4 Veyron with the W16 engine.
appr. 1.836 kg