Every Daily Needs 700hp: CSF’s F10 M5
Freak In The Streets

Six hundred fifteen horsepower and six hundred eighty foot-pounds of torque delivered to the wheels. Eight cylinders that take up four point four liters under the hood. Four doors. Two turbos. You shouldn’t need any more convincing that Ravi Dolwani’s F10 BMW M5 is everything and more than you could ever want from a daily driver. But there is so much more to this car that I hardly think it’ll fit in one article.

I first saw the car at Motovicity’s half-mile event a few months back where Ravi, the director of CSF Cooling’s Racing & High Performance division, was putting the car through its paces. From the airstrip to the backroads to Ravi’s daily commute across Los Angeles, this is truly a car that can do everything.


It’s no secret that the F10 is an absolutely stunning car from the factory, so rather than throw BMW’s hard work out the window, Ravi’s decided instead to enhance it. His M5 is an understated OEM-plus style build, an aesthetic that’s quickly becoming my favorite way to modify a car.

Waking up before the sun to explore the backroads was the highlight of my entire LA trip. The winding canyon passes are second to none and an absolute dream to drive.


Getting to do this alongside the incredibly good looking and subtly-modified F10 M5 was the icing on the cake. Wearing rare factory Imola Red paint, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a BMW on the street that’s looked better.


As the sun crept up on us I came to the conclusion that I might genuinely hate every photographer from the LA area. This is such a fantastically easy place to find cars and shoot them.


Chatting with Ravi about his M5 as we watched other commuters pass by, I couldn’t help but be struck by the two types of daily-driver owners there are in this world. There are those who drive boring econo-boxes to work, and those who like feel alive.


This BMW is very much a car that makes you feel alive.


Whether it’s in the canyon or on a quick coffee run, you can count on the F10 to bring a smile to your face. But how has Ravi made such a good car even better?

Consider Everything

In a nutshell, Ravi hasn’t overlooked anything. The CSF M5 is a complete package and he’s improved the car on the whole by incremental attention to detail.


Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice are the wheels, which Ravi picked up from his friends at 6Sixty Design, and measure 21 inches in diameter.


Equipped with a KW Suspension HAS (Height Adjustable Spring System) kit, the car sits just right over the wheels and has an extra-aggressive presence. This is helped by an iND Distribution kit which was used to create a glossy black-on-red theme around the BMW, a theme you’ll notice even on the back emblem which has had the chrome trim deleted.


I didn’t directly notice them right away, but these small changes make a huge difference when you take in the car as a whole.


Another little thing you can do that produces amazing results is keep your car clean; who would have thought? The surface of Ravi’s M5 has been turned to absolute glass with a five-stage Ceramic Pro coating thanks to his friends at Rhino Customs & Detailing.


Of course, replacing factory trim bits with carbon fiber is the best way to turn something black. This is accomplished out back and along the edges of the car with a PSM Dynamic full carbon aero kit.


I also rather like the Agency Power carbon fiber vented hood which has been painted by Ravi’s friends at LTMW to leave the vented portion exposed. Actually, I love it.


From almost unnoticeable details like the ‘M’ air valve caps to the big aftermarket wheels and massive factory brake setup, it’s all so fitting.


The CSF M5 is already complete but we’re just getting started. My only question at this point is why can’t cars come from the factory this way?

Reliable Power

While we’ve settled the factors that contribute to making the car so good to look at, what makes it so good to drive? Besides the reworked KW Suspension I’ve already mentioned, the secret sauce is under the hood.


The F10 M-car in 2015 came with the S63B44Tü version of the S63 engine. It’s a 4.4L V8 with two turbos spooling away to produce 553hp and 500lb-ft from the factory.


But this wasn’t enough for Ravi. To reach the massive numbers the M5 is at now (approximately 615whp and 680ft-lb in case you forgot) Ravi’s made use of his own parts with a combination of other bolt-ons.

The parts which you can’t see from here include a VF Engineering Stage 1 HEX Tune as well as an FI Exhaust cat-back setup with black diamond tips which, it’s worth mentioning, is valvetronic sound-adjustable.


Meanwhile, a carbon fiber RKAutowerks cold air intake system (which you may have already seen poking out of the grille with matching red filter housings) plays nice with the CSF x Pure Turbos liquid-to-air charge coolers.

Without these CSF goodies it would be near impossible to reliably approach the 700ft-lb barrier without tearing into the motor. The fact that this engine is there with such limited modification from factory spec is amazing enough in itself.


While Ravi could go on the hunt for more power from the V8, he’s instead decided to keep everything over-reliable and dependable. It is a daily driver, after all.

Creature Comforts

The improvements under the hood can only be properly experienced from inside the car, and I can confirm, from the passenger seat anyway, that they indeed can be felt.


With Ravi getting his hands on an excellently-specced version of the M5 to start out with he hasn’t had to change that much around the interior.


As around the exterior, it’s clear that BMW was on the right track in terms of design touches.


You’ll notice the colossal power this car makes is shoveled through a 7-speed double clutch transmission. Jordan has already eloquently expressed why you shouldn’t be upset by this, and Ravi has a trick up his sleeve to make this system even better.


Custom billet 3DDesign extended paddle shifters custom finished in gloss black by IND, with red plus-minus accents mind you, fit in phenomenally with the factory interior. More importantly, they make it even easier to jump effortlessly though the gears on the backroads. And check out that F1-style rev counter in the wheel (in case the heads up display wasn’t enough).

The result of German engineering and a limited amount of fiddling about is pure joy. Cornering is equally satisfying as opening up the throttle at any speed in this car.


On the topic of speed, perhaps you’ve noticed another slight addition next to the starter button. This is the magnetically-mounted Radenso Radar RC M radar detector and laser jammer system.


With nearly unnoticeable pickups around the car the kit offers 360-degree protection from eager Southern California officers. It’s a completely tuneable system that I won’t get into here.


While no one is advocating speeding on public roads, it’s a smart thing to have on a car that sees a daily commute in California.


Through and through, the CSF M5 is a complete build. Ravi’s checked all the right boxes in his quest to build the perfect daily driver.


With the sun making its way over the mountain tops, transforming that fantastic Imola Red, we cruised into town for some coffee and to talk cooling.


Here I learned that Ravi has a number of projects in the works at CSF. I’ll be back south to Los Angeles in the near future for a look at what goes into designing and manufacturing their radiators and other heat exchangers.


I know Ravi’s attention to detail is carried over into the office, and this is immediately apparent if you’ve ever seen a finished CSF product.

What would you like to see behind the scenes at their workshop?

Trevor Yale Ryan
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Now that's how you stance a car! well done!


There's stance, and then there's Stance.

I'm firmly convinced that the difference is that Stanced is committed to Doing It Wrong.

So if you meant stance, I'd agree with you.

But if you meant Stance, then no, you'd be wrong.

Edward. B. Woods

That is what I call BADD I mean about the car is just awesome I will start with the color everything just fits together so perfectly . If I had the money I would not be until I had one those it would have to be exactly like it right down to the smallest detail it would that and nothing less.


Bros Against Drunk Driving?

That can't be right.


Almost 700 hp??? And it's still street legal in CALIFORNIA???? I would assume all the bolt ons are 50 state legal? Because typically even bolt ons are scrutinized in CA, which is utterly stupid.


Good afternoon, officer. How are you today?


"What're you hasslin' us for, pig? You got a quota or somethin'?"


Apparently you can't help being an obnoxious ass...


Dude, I'm not your enemy.

I'm not going to take back whatever I said that pissed you off, but... it was not my intention to dredge up any painful memories about your dog.

I might not like California, but I certainly didn't insult you personally.

So take it easy, okay?


Ignorance does not make you exempt from being called out on your 'baggery.

I'll decide what I take easy, okay.


Small critique. No need for an umlaut over the U in the engine code. "TU" in BMW speak stands for "Technical Update."


Däng ït, ï jüst rëälly lïkë üsïng ümläts


Posting a link to the Onion..why? What's the point?


I'd say it's one of his better comments...


Don't get a laser jammer in CA kids. It's a huge fine and you can't fight the ticket. Stick to a radar detector only.

From the CA Police handbook
(d) When a person possesses four or more devices in violation of subdivision (b), the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.

I already see 3 front jammers on the m5, if he has a rear one also, thats a misdemeanor for him. The cops don't play nice with this. Especially CHP. They will write you up for just one, let alone 3+


For all the money this guy has put into the car, you'd think he'd prefer to go fast no the track...but the jammers would signal otherwise.


Not really, he'll get noticed pretty quickly in that car no matter what. And he does prefer to go fast at the track and that's the idea behind the power in this car.

But with the only way out of LA to Northern California being a 250 mile stretch with exactly ZERO turns and loads of highly regulated freeways in LA it's pretty easy to get burned (often) going a few over.


And just for the record - this is an amazing well done car. Its very tasteful and I really like it. I just dont understand the laser jammers...


How does a laser jammer help in this situation? Wouldn't an officer be more inclined to pull you over when his radar gun acts up while attempting to clock an exotic looking car?


This setup is tune-able so it will only jam for as long as you set it to, giving you a couple seconds to slow down to our awesome 65mph (or less) speed limits. Again, no one is advocating massive speeding here but it is part of this build.

If it wasn't for the many officers on a power trip in CA I don't think we'd see a market for these devices here, but we do. Almost everyone I know who goes up and down California with any regularity has something similar.


I'd love to hear your stats amigo...In your own personal experiences, how many officers are on a power trip within the state of California?


Honestly I've had almost nothing but good experiences with the police officers here. Been pulled over approximately 15 times and earned 2 tickets (one of which was out of state, the other of which the police officer lied in the report etc etc). I think it's because when I've been pulled over I'm either driving a complete crap-box and they feel sorry for me, or old-school muscle and they end up talking about the car instead.

While I've personally had mostly good luck, I could tell you hundreds of stories to the contrary.


15 times in how long that you've been "here"? It's silly comments like that that discredit whatever else you have to say on the matter, especially when your stats are based on conjecture.

I've been here forever. By no stretch am I princess behind the wheel. I've been pulled over plenty, and actually had my license suspended by the time I was 17. Not bragging about that like someone we all know (ICE AGE!!!)

I'm a fucking Mexican with a bald head and I drive nothing but loud and modified cars (i.e. bagged 64 Cadillac, 64 Malibu SS, 62 Impala SS, 66 Chevy Van, blah blah blah...BLAH! Every stinking doggone time I've ever been pulled over, I was wrong and I deserved it. I never blamed anyone else ESPECIALLY the person who it's his/her sole purpose in life to earn a paycheck (like its his job)! I don't play that bullshit race card, or profiling, or any kind of sissy ass whining harassment complaint.

Give them a reason to do their job and they'll do it. If you come off like a punk, or give undo attitude, bet yo' ass mista postman, you gonna get a ticket!

Every story has more than one side. Of the hundreds of stories you heard, I'm sure they were all accurate and unbiased. There are two sides to every story. I had a terrible experience with a guy from Djibouti once at the airport and I told my friend about it. He was all like, dude, I heard about those guys from Djibouti and I heard they were total dickheads. So it must be true.


Hahaha yeah, I feel you. Not all of them are out to get you, but plenty seem to have been bullied when they were kids.

I have a feature coming that'll touch on this, there definitely are two sides to it.


It's crazy how people's perspectives work. It seems a lot of the time this kind of thing comes up, people tend to borrow other people's opinions and let it influence their own. It's okay to be on your own side. It's almost as if you're not cool if you like the police. Just based on the very little information you shared, using only the accurate and personal bits of your statement, your comment would sound something like, "Yo! I've been pulled over around 15 times and ONLY got two tickets. One was totally my fault, but the other one the cop was a lying turd." Not bad stats and you don't come off as an immature, cop-hating millennial punk.

I'm calling you out on your hundreds of stories claim. I don't even know hundreds of stories period. I only read James and the Giant Peach so far. I'm pretty sure I'm way older than you, and aside from major memory loss, I couldn't tell you 100, or even remember 10, let alone hundreds...


On first glance, I was on the fence about this car but after looking - and thinking - it over, this is a perfectly-done M5.

Tastefully restrained bodywork with color-coordinated upgrades, nice wheels, just the right amount of drop, you can still see the entirety of the wheels, etc.

No manual - OF COURSE - but, you know, gotta ding it for ONE thing.

And I guess we're back to California.



Literally all of your comments are negative in some form or fashion.. In this example, we have your distaste for California, which seems to be a running theme for you.


Probably one of my favorite BMW M cars that I've seen in a long time... I think Ravi has created for himself, the perfect M5..can't think of anything at all that i'd do differently.


I though it's a frozen red color then after the sun's up and the photos showing the transition in color i was stunned, a very nice red grade (maybe 1 of the best). The personal touches accentuates the car in a personal way and don't destroy the factory overall design (for me the best way to do it), and the DCT is not a bad option in a car like this.

1 confusing point: the title is saying 700hp while in the article you're stating 615hp and near 700 torque.


615whp = ~707hp at the flywheel with an estimated 15% drivetrain loss.


aha so 1 number at the wheels and the other the engine output power, that's clear now.


Yeah, that color makes this thing even better. As for the power...crank, brake, rounding. Might as well just call it 1000 ;)


I don't always canyon my car, but when I do I make sure my car stays perfect like it never went.


Hella rich.


This is the perfect representation of OEM+ in my eyes, everything looks like it could have been done by BMW themselves. Everything is just a little bit better and it just makes the package... better. Simplicity at its finest.

Also picture 41 is stunning, the composition and lighting are gorgeous.


Am I the only one who thinks it's silly that BMW put the ///M stickers on the driver's side calipers the way that they did?