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LeMansX5 07-09-2005 10:04 PM

2008 BMW V5 spyshots
BMW calls it RFK (Room functional concept) or R-class competition

Known by BMW's development team as "Space Travel" the RFK is BMW's interpretation of what a space functional concept vehicle should be.

According to a BMW source, "The RFK will be a sleek fastback coupe-like vehicle although it will not be as spacious or plain as the R-Klasse (which is aimed at the US). The RFK will appeal to the continental European. It will drive like a car, handle like a car and have the same weight distribution as a car".


As of now the RFK will feature a petrol twin-turbo engine from the forthcoming 335i, a twin-turbo diesel from 535d, a new twin-turbo V8 petrol with 450 bhp and a V8 diesel with 380 bhp. A Hydrogen powered no-emission vehicle will also follow later as will probably a V12. Dynamic Drive will enter its next phase which will include a new axle design developed especially for excellent driving characteristics in such a vehicle.


BMW intends to release two RFK's in intervals each based on different size platforms. Seen here in the photos looking more like a WWII German tank is the first engineering prototype test mule using the 7 Series platform. The second RFK will use an extended 5 Series Touring platform. Along with full integration of iDrive apart from major functions the RFK will also spearhead iDrive functions that will download into the ignition key from home or office terminals so all settings are stored for each driver of the car. This includes vehicle settings, seat position, routes, drive preparation and music. The RFK built-in technology will also signal the forthcoming 7 Series in 2008. Also undecided is the exact nomenclature for the RFK but it has been quietly referred to as the V Series (i.e. X5, Z4) with emphasis on "versatility".


While other manufacturers are looking at super wagons BMW calculates this would be commercial suicide. BMW will unveil the RFK as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September as they want to show that they are not developing a "van". The car should be ready for launch in 2008.

Rob_ 07-09-2005 10:22 PM

Forget about the RFK...I want the test mule with a set of Bimmer Spinners! :thumbup:

Chris F. 07-09-2005 10:22 PM

Sweet! I want the tank thing! :rofl:

Chris F. 07-09-2005 10:23 PM


Originally Posted by Rob_
Forget about the RFK...I want the test mule with a set of Bimmer Spinners! :thumbup:

Damn Rob you beat me to the test mule! :D

Rob_ 07-09-2005 10:27 PM


Originally Posted by Chris F.
Damn Rob you beat me to the test mule! :D

By seconds....... :bustingup

ricky.agrawal 07-09-2005 10:30 PM

Think of all the chicks you'd get with that tank!

China Man 07-14-2006 01:59 AM


Originally Posted by Chris F.
Sweet! I want the tank thing! :rofl:

ah I'd love one of those tank things as well :rofl:
too bad it doesn't have adaptive xenons like the facelifted 7's, otherwise there would be lines out the door :rofl: :rofl:

Bavarian 07-14-2006 05:36 AM

This V5 crossover thing marks the beginning of the end for BMW as a small high-end company manufacturing high-performance sedans.

Now they're a jack-of-all-trades.

crosvs 07-14-2006 06:48 PM


in the past year or so, i've gradually felt my heart transition from BMW to Mercedes ... not because Mercedes are *NOT* a jack of all trades, but because they are a BETTER jack of all trades.

SL55 AMG, CLS55 AMG, hell, even S55 AMG ... not to mention the forthcoming -63 AMG models. 'nuff said.

number7 07-15-2006 01:02 AM


i'd buy it right now.

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