Long rumored to be in the pipeline, we finally have our first evidence of the highly anticipated BMW M5 M Performance Edition, albeit one that only lasts 32 seconds.
This video, which was released by BMW , is effectively the teaser before the introduction of the M5 M Performance Edition. Not a lot of details were shared about the special edition models, except that we can expect it to come in three distinct color schemes with only 30 available models.
Do the math and that should equate to 10 models for each color.
The hope is that we find more information about the M5 F10 -based M Performance Edition sooner than later. For now, enjoy this 32-second teaser of the special edition BMW model and wish more information to come from BMW as soon as possible.
The wait has been long and the anticipation for the M5 M Performance Edition has reached fever pitch.
Not all of us are quite privileged enough to be able to lump down enough money to import a 2012 BMW M5 into the U.S., nor are we all patient enough to await the 2013 release of the new M5. This means we are stuck with videos from people like the fine folks over at Bimmerpost.
One of the new features on the 2012 M5 , which will likely be a part of the M5 when it hits U.S. showrooms for the 2013 model year, is the Active Sound system. This is a system that is integrated with the stereo system and pipes engine notes through the stereo’s speakers.
So, here is our dilemma… Is this new feature a cool trick or simply a useless gimmick that BMW is slapping on this ride to make it seem cooler? The folks at Bimmerpost saved the day again by providing us automotive nerds with audio of the 2012 M5 with the AS system active, then with it deactivated, which involves yanking a fuse that also disables the entire stereo system and the rear parking assistant.
After listening to the two audio clips, which you can do in the above video, we can certainly tell the difference between the actual engine sound and the digitized engine sound. While BMW did go to great lengths to help match the digi-engine with the real engine, it is really a disappointment. To some people it might be a cool feature, but real auto buffs want to hear the engine itself.
BMW could help us all out by putting an “On/Off” switch on this feature, without having to disable the entire audio system by pulling the fuse. This rings even more true with folks that add in aftermarket components to this already high-performance sedan. They want to hear the modified turbo whistle, blow-off valve, and exhaust note, not some synthesized version of the stock engine.
We call this a useless gimmick for now. Let us know how you feel in the comments section below!
Even though the autobahn is one of the most technologically-advanced highway systems in the world, the lack of speed limits do present a few problems. There are some unwritten rules in regards to the autobahn as drivers pushing their cars generally keep to the inside lane and leave their left indicators on as a warning to upcoming cars to move aside.
Just like any other highway system, accidents always occur and the latest involved a 2012 BMW M5 being driven at speeds in excess of 186. Reports claim that the crash occurred after the 60-year-old driver swerved to avoid a car which merged into his lane erratically, before spearing into the central divider, sliding across the road and flipping multiple times before coming to a rest on the grass bordering the road.
It’s unclear just how fast the M5 was travelling at the time of the crash, but based on the following pictures, the crash must have been fairly violent. Furthermore, when the car came to a rest the engine bay caught fire, but thankfully the driver’s sons were able to put out the blaze, who were following the M5 in an M6 and M3 .
Thankfully all the passengers involved, including a dog, managed to escape the crash without serious injury but the M5 is definitely a write-off which is a real shame.
We all love the BMW M lineup, and we are particularly fond of the brand new 2012 Ms, which punches 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque from a TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine. According to our report in January , the 2012 M5 can hit a top speed of 190 mph, and a driver on the Autobahn decided to test this spec.
This 60-year-old man pushed his fresh-off-the-showroom-floor 2012 BMW M5 all the way up to an estimated 186 mph. As he approached a merging vehicle he swerved to avoid it, sending this machine into ping-pong ball, as it careened back and forth between the left and right guardrails. The M5 then flipped several times before coming to a rest in the grass to the side of the high-speed highway.
Miraculously, the driver, his 20-year-old passenger, and his dog all survived the crash, though severely injured. This clearly shows how advanced theBMW’s safety features are. Judging by the images (hat tip to Bimmerpost for the images) if this were any other car, the results would have been more tragic.
This just goes to show that just because you own a car that will do 190 mph and are on a section of the Bundesautobahn (Autobahn for short) that has an unregulated speed limit, does not mean you should push the car to its limits. By all means, stretch its legs when it’s safe, but don’t max the thing out. We should all use the tragic death of this brand-spankin’-new M5 as a lesson in how not to drive. Save that craziness for the racetrack.
With 560 HP, the newBMW M5 is nothing short of a hit among tuners from all over the world: some want to make it look even more aggressive and others want to improve upon the already impressive performance numbers. The latest tuning package comes from Manhart Racing, who hope to prove that, when combined with the appropriate updates, the BMW M5’s standard 560 HP is more of a joke than a serious power offering.
The BMW M5 ’s standard 4.4 liter V8-Biturbo engine has been given a series of modifications on its turbochargers, downpipes, and exhaust-gas system. As a result, the output has been increased to 633 HP and 575 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough, the tuner has promised that the next step will be achieving 670 HP.
The package also includes a flap-controlled sports-exhaust-gas system made of high-grade steel with four diagonally placed 90 mm exhaust pipe-ends, a new sport coilover kit, and the obligatory new set of 21" wheels.
After being named the world’s fastest sedan with a 7:55 Nurburgring lap time , BMW’s new M5 sports sedan will make its appearance in the One Lap of America event starting May 4, 2012. It will enter the Luxury Sedan class for top honors in the new "Showroom Stock" class. Next to it, the BMW Performance Center will be providing the One Lap of America staff with official vehicles for 2012.
After competing in the One Lap, the BMW M5 will officially arrive in authorized US BMW Centers in August of 2012. As a reminder, the new M5 is powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and can go up to a top speed of 190 mph.
"The fifth generation M5 will compete for the new ‘Showroom Stock’ recognition within the Luxury Sedan class at One Lap of America, which serves as the perfect opportunity to demonstrate its performance capabilities as well as those of the BMW Performance Center instructors," said Dan Gubitosa, BMW Performance Center Manager.
Straight from the minds of the people that brought us the "Zeus ,", the "Deathbolt ," and the "Eagle Eye " comes another piece of tuning genius in the "Exkalaber."
With the continuing trend of working on some of the finest sports cars in the land, SR Auto Group took the M5 E60 and gave it a mash-up of customized programs from different tuners and made it into their own.
The most distinctive addition to the German sports car is the Hamann-sourced aerodynamic body kit that comes with a bevy of new components, including the new front lip, new side skirts, and the new rear lip. In addition, SR Auto Group also added four matte black exhaust tips that, when combined with a Dinan exhaust system, gives the M5 E60 a significant performance boost.
Rounding out the modifications are a new set of wheels - the 21" PUR 4OUR DEPTH wheel - that the aftermarket company has fitted into some of the most exotic super cars in the world.
Overall, Project Exkalaber doesn’t carry the same bank for your buck than most of the company’s previous projects, but that doesn’t mean that this program is any less awesome. The look, feel, and overall aura of Exkalaber paints a very different picture.
The new BMW M5 has been out for quite some time, but this may actually be the first time we see Richard Hammond from Top Gear behind the wheel of the sports sedan. He recently took it out for a test spin and seemed to rather enjoy himself, which isn’t surprising considering the BMW M5 has all the tools needed for an invigorating driving experience!
For those of you who still don’t know, the M5 is powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and, when the speed limiter is removed, is capable of hitting an impressive top speed of 190 mph.
One of our favorite parts of any auto show is seeing what the aftermarket industry has done to some of the finest vehicles in the world. At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , we were completely floored by all the programs being displayed.
The list below highlights some of the most impressive programs we saw. Some came from some of the best tuners in the world and some came from some surprising tuners. Nevertheless, it all amounted to some pretty impressive sights. You can check out the list of vehicles that were given tuning programs and let us know which of these works you consider your favorites.
Check out the list of tuner cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.
It seems that G-Power is not the only tuner who has shown interest in the new BMW M5 . AC Schnitzer headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with a new ACS5 Sport package based on the M5 with plenty of exterior and interior modifications, as well as a power boost.
The ACS5 Sport will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine tuned to deliver a total of 620 HP and a peak torque of 531 lbs-ft. That’s a little less than the G-Power’s 640 HP, but is still an increase of 60 HP and 30 lbs-ft.
The exterior package includes a carbon front spoiler, chromed front grille, rear roof spoiler, rear spoiler, and carbon rear diffuser. The ACS5 Sports sits on a new set of 21" forged alloy rims combined with an AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit. The car comes painted in a very cool "Magic Blue" paint job combined with silver livery. For the interior, the tuner is offering trims and steering wheel finished in "Magic Blue," aluminum
pedals with matching foot rest, and velour floor mats.
UPDATE 03/07/2012: We have a new set of live images of the BMW M5 ACS5 Sport’s official debut in Geneva. Enjoy!