2012 BMW M5

Just a few months before the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW has decided it was time to reveal the official specs on the fifth generation M5 sports sedan. After seeing the first concept version at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show, now we can see the M5 in all its glory. And we sure like what we are seeing.

The M5 name was used for the first time back in 1984, but since then, the car has evolved into an impressive sedan that combines track potential with the comprehensive practicality of a luxurious business sedan. The new generation brings 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. Despite these impressive performance numbers, the car will deliver an estimated fuel economy of 28.5 mpg.

UPDATE 06/22/12: BMW has unveiled a very cool commercial for their new M5. In this video, the world’s fastest sedan recreates super slow-motion bullet footage on a much grander scale. The result: High Performance Art.

More details about the BMW M5 after the jump.

Exterior

BMW M5

It seems that with the new M5, BMW tried to repair all the damages made by the 5-Series. Where the standard sedan failed to impress, the M version does exactly the opposite. It comes with dynamic proportions and stylishly authoritative appearance that has been further enhanced by the addition of M-specific design features.

The front of the BMW is a clear indication to the power lying under the hood. The bonnet is defined by the brand’s usual V contour lines and ends with a double-kidney grille, while the three air intakes in the lower section of the front apron emphasize the cooling air requirement of the engine behind the grille.

Moving to the side of the M5, you will see two side air intakes with a dynamically curving form placed where there used to be fog lamps. The car will sit on a new set of 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design. There is also a wide chrome frame and the free-floating look of the indicator bar, which bears the M logo and gives the intakes an extremely deep-set look. The mirror casings are painted in the vehicle’s body color, while the mirror base and lower edge are painted in High-gloss Black.

The rear features a bespoke rear apron, a diffuser integrated into the lower edge of the rear apron, and, of course, the twin-pipe exhaust system. The tailpipes are positioned wide to either side of the diffuser and have likewise aerodynamically formed surrounds.

UPDATE: BMW has announced that the new BMW M5 will be available with an exclusive Frozen Black finish, which will be available to customers through the BMW Individual personalization program. This color was previously offered for the special edition BMW M3 Frozen Black . (5post.com)

Interior

BMW M5

The interior continues the same sporty design language started by the exterior: it will get M sports seats, fine-grain Merino leather upholstery with extended features, door sills with “M5” lettering, an M driver’s footrest, exclusive Aluminum Trace interior trim strips, and the BMW BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite. Standard equipment will include an iDrive control system with an up to 10.2-inch Control Display.

The buttons on the steering wheel will allow the drive to operate the cruise control system and the audio and telephone functions. On the left-hand steering wheel spoke, the driver will now find two M Drive buttons, which can be used to configure the car. For example, the driver can save a sporty configuration using the "M1" button and a comfort-biased set-up via the "M2" button.

Configure your very own BMW M5 by clicking here.

Engine

BMW M5

"a bold business car that at the push of a button turns into a sports car."

For the first time in a BMW M5 the company has used a turbocharged engine. The high-revving 4.4 liter V8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology delivers a total of 560 HP at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The rev limiter intervenes at 7,200 rpm. Compared to the engine it replaces, this mean an output increase of about 10% and peak torque increased by 30%.

With this impressive output under the hood, the new M5 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in in 4.4 seconds, to 124 mph in 13.0 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. But once you have removed the limiter you will enjoy a speed of up to 190 mph.

BMW spent a great deal of time bragging about their new M5, only to disappoint with the announced 0-60 mph sprint time. Not too shabby in comparison to other high performance sports cars out there, but hell, the new Audi S8 has a reported time of 4.2 seconds and is considerably larger than the M5. Lucky for BMW, Car And Driver has expert drivers that were able to drive the new sports sedan the way it was meant to be driven. With the help of these drivers, the BMW M5 BMW M5 has been able to clock a 0-60 mph sprint in 3.7 seconds. Eat that, BMW! Now they can truly say that their sports sedan is better than the Mercedes E63 AMG which sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

The new BMW M5 is fitted as standard with Brake Energy Regeneration and an Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switches off the engine when the car comes to a halt at junctions or in a traffic jam.

The engine will be mated to a seven-speed double-clutch transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels. Both in automated mode (D) and manual (S), it delivers exceptionally fast and clean gear changes. The transmission offers a sequential shift pattern for the manual gearshift mode and the driver can also change gear manually using the standard-fitted shift paddles on the steering wheel – the right-hand paddle for upshifts and the left-hand paddle for downshifts. Alternatively, BMW has decided to offer a 6-speed manual transmission on the North American version of the upcoming 2013 BMW M5. This new 6-speed manual will be a no-cost alternative to the 7-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) and its ratios have been optimized for acceleration, flexibility, and fuel economy. The new transmission is mated to a short throw shift linkage topped with a black leather backlit shift knob.

Just a few days after the BMW’s official launch, TeamSpeed reported that the 2012 BMW M5 became the fastest sedan around the Nurburgring race track with an impressive time of 7:55. With this new time, the M5 will be placed above models like the Porsche Panamera Turbo (7:56) and the Cadillac CTS-V (7:59). This new lap time also matches the ’Ring time of the Ferrari F430.

The record lap was completed by a BMW driver, but don’t put it in the record books just yet. This is actually an unofficial time, surely to be followed by the real thing shortly.

When Can I Get One?

The new BMW M5 will go on sale on the US market in the summer of 2012 at a starting price of $90,695 (including destination and handling).

The Competition

BMW M5

The next BMW M5 will take on models like the Jaguar XF-R , Cadillac CTS-V , and Audi S6 .

The Jaguar XF-R surely has its benefits. It is more elegant and luxurious than the BMW M5 with a good amount of aggressiveness in its design. It may only be powered by a 5.0 Liter supercharged V8 that pumps out 510 HP, but these other factors will surely sway some votes in Jaguar’s direction.

The Cadillac CTS-V has also gained a lot of terrain on the US market, and with good reason. For one thing, it’s cheap compared to the other models - it starts from $64,290 - and it also features a very impressive 6.2 liter supercharged V-8 with an output of 556 HP and 551 lb.-ft. of torque.

Video Montage

Top Gear’s Richard Hammond tests the BMW M5

BMW M5 Technology Explained

Albert Biermann, Head of M Engineering, explains the main differences and improvements over the X5/X6M engine

The brakes behind the M5

LOVE IT
  • Impressive engine performance
  • Combines sportiness with luxury
  • Comes with the possibility of removing speed limiter
LEAVE IT
  • We anticipate a high price tag

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118 comments:

Actually, I don’t think that the exterior of the car is impressive but the interior is quite drooling! The design of its center console is admiring. Well, I guess this is what you get from a M package. BTW, I can’t wait for the removed speed limiter for this vehicle.

So this car will debut on September! Well, I was impressed on how the BMW combines the sportiness and luxurious styling on the M5. And it seems that the twin turbocharged engine of the car produced an amazing power output!compare to its competitor, I bet this car is the most powerful production.

Well, it seems that the performance of the car is quite impressive! And the M package really makes it more sporty. The online configurator would be a good way to explore the different specs and engine of the BMW car.

The speed performance of the car is quite impressive as expected from the BMW. I really love M package of the car for it makes the car more sporty and luxurious. However, it seems that the car have a high price tag.

I was impressed on how the BMW combines the sportiness and luxurious styling of the car. BTW, the interior of the car is quite drooling. I really love the design on the center center console.

The M package makes the car to look so sporty. The speed performance of the car is quite impressive as well. I bet the competition in the market would be tough on the debut of this car.

Ever since they have released this one, a lot of people are asking for information about it. But I am not really all that surprised about that, after all, this is such a great car.

It looks simple and elegant. This car is only for businessmen cause it looks formal for me. Actually, I am an avid fan of sportscars.

Well, yes I agree that it really looks great! I wonder of this car will be available also in US or not? I’m sure a lot of people wants to experience this car!

Hell yes! The look of this car gets even better with the M package! It makes the car to be more gorgeous! I was impressed with the speed performance of this car and its torque is just enough to make this car run like a rocket!

Upon reading all your comments, I am now convinced that this one is the most promising car today. All those positive remarks has uplifted the car’s reputation. Keep on posting guys!

Well, considering that I am more into tuning, I will probably just wait and see what the aftermarket boys will be able to do with this baby, they will definitely be awesome.

I knew it! I’ve been thinking of where did the name of M5 came from! That’s has been such a very impressive comeback made by BMW. However, we shall check if the components of this car has been improved. If not, oh well, its still an 80s car. Just kidding.

Great Job, my friend! That was a pretty close shots ! I am so excited to see a new set of photos coming from our spy friends.

Yeah, me too, I probably won’t be toying with the configurators just yet. What I am looking forward to is the newer versions of the M5 that BMW would be releasing in the next few months.

Actually, I am not really into toying with these configurators. The truth is, they only give you a small portion of what they have to offer when you actually buy a car.

@ SpeedyCars yeah, I think that one is possible. Since the FF’s speed control is entirely electronic based, I think they can easily reset that one to remove the limiter.

I think the thing that makes it the best release of BMW at this year is its engine. If you look at those lovely one, you’re like driving a sports car on this one. A sporty yet luxury type car.

The competitors of this car are also an awesome production. I bet this would be an exciting head to head competition in the market!BTW, if not mistaken the Audi RS6.

Wow! The figure performance of this car is impressive! I thought BMW is going to reveal this car after the Frankfurt Motor Show. I guess there’s no reason to anticipate the price tag of this car for its quite incredible. And to be frank, those who complain about the price really can’t afford itsmiley

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