BMW M5 Shooting Brake Hearse; Now We’ve Truly Seen It All | Carscoops
The BMW M5 Shooting Brake Coupe Hearse as we may call it was spotted in Athens, Greece by Stelios Trantalidis. We don’t know for sure if it is based on a genuine M5 E60 but it looks like it judging from the bodykit. This generation was also available in five-door Touring form, but the hearse builders used the traditional four-door sedan as a donor car, getting creative with the design.
The hearse retains the original body panels up to the B-pillars, but behind those, it features a custom window layout, a taller roof, a stretched wheelbase, and a longer rear overhang. The front bumper, side gills, mirrors, multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, and rear bumper housing the quad tailpipes look like genuine M5 parts. The two-door profile however looks like it was designed by a coachbuilder. The tail of the one-off combines the taillights, bumper, and M5 badge, with a custom tailgate featuring a massive rear windscreen. All of the windows are heavily tinted so we can’t see the interior which should be pretty spacious.
If the underpinnings are indeed sourced from the BMW M5 E60 then a nice surprise is hiding under the bonnet. The naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V10 engine produces 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS) and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, endowing the performance-focused model with a distinct sound. The stock M5 sedan accelerated from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.4 seconds but the hearse conversion will likely be a tad slower due to the increased weight and worse aerodynamics. Still, not many hearses will be able to outrun it on the highway. Handling-wise it will wobble a lot more than the stock model, but no sane person would take it to the track, even if it retains the suspension setup of the original.
How would you rate the BMW M5 Shooting Brake Coupe Hearse? Before making assumptions about a possible sacrifice of a lovely donor car, you should note that the vast majority of hearse conversions are based on crashed vehicles, so there is a high chance no BMW M models were hurt in the process.
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