Early next year, BMW will unveil their newest generation BMW M5. Built on the F10 platform as the 5 Series sedan, the new 2012 M5 will be one of the “greenest” M cars built to date, but also one of the most aggressive and fastest M.
Even though it incorporates several EfficientDynamics elements, from the KERS system to the brake energy regeneration technology, the 2012 BMW M5 has been designed for performance. The M5’s secret has always been to remain understated and discreet on the outside, but within lies the “beast”.
The typical M5 and BMW M aerodynamic features are featured on the car. Wheel arches are swollen to add some mass on the F10’s athletic body. A side air intake is placed underneath the character line which climaxes at the wheel arch. The side skirts are more sculptured allowing for good aerodynamics.
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The signature typical quad exhausts are present in the new model as well, but with a more sculpted diffuser and central intake. A small bootlid spoiler allows the car to remain understated and restrained.
Power is where the new M5 stands out. The car uses 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 is rumored to clock at 4.4 seconds, but with a good driver, we expect to see better times.
The M5 uses an updated transmission based upon the 7-Speed transmission currently found in the M3. An 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.
Inside, the typical signature M elements remain, starting with the M Steering wheel and M-branded shifter.
The 2012 BMW M5 will make its debut in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show, followed later that year with an official launch near the Frankfurt Motor Show.