In the latest issue of Car and Driver, the yet-to-be released and highly awaited 2012 BMW M5 makes the top of 25 Cars Worth Waiting For. Due to be unveiled at the end of this year with a world premiere at the next year’s Geneva Motor Show, the BMW M5 will be the most advanced M car built to date.
The F10 M5 will be one of the most aggressive and fastest M models to date, and at the same time, one of the “greenest” ever built. BMW plans to use several new technologies and a KERS system that will put the new M5 ahead of the current model, both in performance and fuel efficiency.
The 2012 BMW M5 is powered by an updated version of the engine found in the BMW X5 M and X6 M. The 4.4-liter V8 twin-scroll powerplant will peak at 578-horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque.
The 0-62 mph dash should take about 4.4 seconds, even though we expect to see lower track times.
The M5 will inherit a dual clutch transmission which will be unique to the M5, based upon the 7-Speed transmission currently found in the M3. 8-Speed unit will also be available and will be equipped with a stop-start control. The DCT will be operated with steering wheel mounted shifting paddles.
Since horsepower need to be balanced by a decent overall weight, BMW will make extensive use of carbon-fiber and aluminum parts, starting with the a carbon-fiber roof.
Another BMW to make the Car and Driver’s list is also the next generation BMW 3 Series. Codename F30, the new 3 Series is BMW’s response to latest Audi’s design and will continue to represent the top seller vehicle in BMW lineup.
Along with BMW, the 2012 Cadillac ATS, a competitor for the 3 Series, is also featured in this top 25 Cars Worth Waiting For.
Other cars to make the top, in no particular order, are: 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS, 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, 2012 Buick Regal GS, 2012 Tesla Model S, 2013 Jaguar XE, 2014 Porsche “Baby” Boxster, 2011 Mini Coupe / Roadster, 2012 Fisker Karma Sunset Convertible, 2012 Audi Q3 or 2012 Cadillac XTS.
Full list can be found here.