Pipercross Unveils Unique Performance Panel Filter For BMW F60/F61 M5
It might be hard to believe now that swoopily styled, curvaceous cars are the norm, but there was a time not so long ago when the BMW F60/F61 M5 was considered a bit of an odd looking car. Its Chris Bangle-penned ‘Flame Surface’ styling certainly wasn’t to everyone’s tastes, and it took quite some years before it was embraced by the M-car faithful. One aspect that was never, ever in doubt was the performance offered by the rip-snorting V10 crammed into the nose, and with prices continuing to fall, the F60 generation M5 represents one of the most popular and accessible performance saloons arounds, hence why Pipercross can now offer a panel filter designed for this very model.
Performance air filters are the ideal aftermarket solution for those keen to performance tune their cars, yet are understandably reticent about committing to advanced, internal modifications, and few rivals can claim to have produced as well rounded a product as the latest offering from Pipercross, one which perfectly fits within the confines of the OE airbox.
Improving engine breathing is undoubtedly the most important function for any filter, and an area that Pipercross knows a huge amount about thanks to its wealth of experience, plus many decades spent at the forefront of both the WRC and various touring car championships. Key to the success of all Pipercross hardware is the lightly-oiled triple layer foam that forms their core, the exact same setup found within the previously mentioned motorsport applications. Measuring 257mm x 232mm, the vastly improved multi-cellular surface area and carefully selected multi-layered foam within these filters offers 30% more air-flow than even the most efficient of OEM style filters. As well as getting more air in to start with, the ingenious multi-layer design also filters down to a far finer rate, protecting the M5’s bellowing 5.0 V10 engine against damage and underlining its multi-faceted nature.
Not only is it effective, the filter comes with a comprehensive lifetime warranty and therefore makes huge financial sense, especially when you factor that each kit is lovingly hand-crafted in Pipercross’ UK factory.
Performance, longevity and enhanced particle filtration might well be the primary attributes of the new F60 M5 panel filter, but a useful by-product of this optimised induction is that, in most cases, fuel efficiency is often marginally improved too, so it really is a win-win scenario.
Make no mistake, this latest offering from Pipercross looks set to be a must-have product for M5 owners of all tastes, and that’s largely thanks to its impressively broad spread of abilities.