Chris Harris of EVO Magazine has the first review of a pre-production 2012 BMW M5. DCT has been confirmed! No horsepower output confirmed as of now.
Twin turbochargers, with unspecific modifications to both intake and exhaust systems. Official response to the question of power output is: ‘Do you really think we would give it less than an X6M?’. An X6M has 547bhp. There’s a seven-speed DCT dual clutch transmission with three different shift speeds and a fully automatic mode. Saloon only for now.
What’s it like to drive?
Is turbocharging a highlight? When it makes a car this flexible and plain accelerative, it has to be. Yes, the near-insanity of the old V10 makes way for slightly reduced throttle response, but it’s marginal. On a Swedish lake, you can still make tiny adjustments to sustain that all-important 1km drift. Does it feel turbocharged? A little bit. Does it make enough induction noise? No. But this isn’t the finished car, the BMW M-gurus insist that the final product will be different in this respect.
I only drove the car on snow, ice and the occasional patch of asphalt. It felt like an M-car in the correct sense: purposeful, but not too aggressive. The steering, chassis and powertrain each have three modes: comfort, sport and sport-plus, giving a myriad of options. The MDM (M Driving Mode) brings a higher threshold DSC intervention that requires steering correction from the driver, or you spin, It works brilliantly. Switch it all off and you have a circa 560bhp, rear-wheel-drive saloon with an LSD. If you can’t enjoy that, you’re a wally.
I can’t tell you much about ride comfort and steering yet, except that with the suspension set to comfort the car is compliant but never soft. The steering is faster than in a regular BMW 5-series.
Full review at EVO Magazine