Video: BMW M5 2012 in great shape at the Nurburgring track

Videos | September 15th, 2010 by 9
F10 BMW M5

The new BMW M5 was seen again on the Nurburgring race track, racing at full speed. After seeing it recently being towed-off the circuit, it’s …

The new BMW M5 was seen again on the Nurburgring race track, racing at full speed. After seeing it recently being towed-off the circuit, it’s good to see the almighty F10 M5 back in the game and in great shape. Due to launch at the end of 2011, the F10 M5 will make its first official appearance at the Geneva Motor Show early next year.

Recently, BMW’s M boss, Dr. Kay Segler confirmed that the next generation 2012 BMW M5 will be powered by a V8 turbocharged engine. The powerplant in the F10 M5 is based on the same unit found in the BMW X5 M and X6M, the twin scroll twin turbo version of the N63, known as the S63, with Cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold (CCM).

While not officially confirmed, the power output is expected to range from 585 to 600 horsepower, and 530 lb-ft of torque. As the M boss pointed out, the new M5 will offer the best of two worlds: for normal everyday driving and for use as a race car , triggered by a push of a button. “The philosophy of “Two Cars in One”, which we have once established, you will find it explicitly in this vehicle.”, said Dr. Segler.

F10 BMW M5

The 2012 BMW 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. 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.

[via Autoblog and Bimmerpost]

  • pimeto

    8-th speed transmission ? WTF…. omg, this is insane…

  • mkM3

    Why would they offer both a 7 speed and 8 speed? That doesn’t make much sense. I could see them possibly offering a 6 speed manual (I could easily see them not offering one also). But having two different semi-auto transmissions doesn’t make sense, whether they are both DCT or one is DCT and the other is a traditional auto.

  • Auday

    the 7spd is DCT, the “An 8-Speed unit” is most probably Automatic, the same 8spd Auto used in the X5M/X6M.

    • mkM3

      The X5m/X6M have a six speed auto, not an 8 speed.

      And regardless of that, I still don’t see any reason why they would put both a DCT and an auto in an M Division product. One or the other is fine, with the DCT obviously being preferred if it can handle the output of the motor. I would bet money that there will be no 8 speed Steptronic, or any other Steptronic for that matter, in the M5 if indeed they have a DCT that is up to the task (and I personally believe that they do).

  • Babken

    Jesus Christ…..

  • viper

    of your world bab-

    • Babken

      Of real world, kid.

  • ralph

    look how the rear lights flashes when he shit down ,seems like a new idea is on the way

    • Alvin Wong

      A lot of cars do that now. Under sudden braking the brake lights will flash or the emergency hazard lights will flash (depending on the automaker) to warn people behind you that you had to make a quick/panicked stop.

      It’s not new by any means, but it hasn’t completely caught on just yet.