New Official Video: 2012 BMW M5 prototype and drivers’ review

BMW M5, Featured Posts | March 15th, 2011 by 9
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A new video of the 2012 BMW M5 just appeared on Youtube. The prototype was filmed during a winter testing session in Austria. The M5 …

A new video of the 2012 BMW M5 just appeared on Youtube. The prototype was filmed during a winter testing session in Austria. The M5 prototype is driven by a series of engineers, including engineer and test driver, Bernd Limmer.

This 3 minutes clip comes as a continuation of the official teaser released two weeks ago and it includes driving impressions from the drivers. Unfortunately, they are in German, but we expect BMW to release a version with English subtitles as well.

The new 2012 BMW M5 Concept debuts next month at the Shanghai Motor Show, followed by the world premiere of the production version in September at Frankfurt Show.

New Official Video: 2012 BMW M5 prototype and drivers review

Update: Thanks to BimmerToday, we have a few highlights from the drivers’ review:

“We have to consider the different climates and states of driving, that is why we have to test all over the world, starting from south africa to france, sweden and the Nürburgring. On snow you have to drive very sensitive and all the systems have to work like that. If one system does not fit with the others you can drive safely to the limit.

A very simple but also complex task is to start driving on a hill. When I get away from the brake pedal the DSC has to conserve the braking-pressure until the engine delivers enough power to take off smoothely without the car rolling backwards.”

“We test the cars after they where outside the whole night and are cold everywhere. The car has to cope with different tasks even if it is completely cold, we have to arrange this by setting the engine up correctly.”

“Measurement / reading / recording started. Now we hit the start button. And go. We see the course of the revs, it is not optimal yet, but we will manage this, we are still in the phase of application.”

[Source: Gmotors ]

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  • M5Manny

    We’re getting closer!

  • http://sn8.org teflon

    “A very simple but also complex task is to start driving on a hill. When I get away from the brake pedal the DSC has to conserve the braking-pressure until the engine delivers enough power to take off smoothely without the car rolling backwards.”

    What is wrong with using the left foot on the brake while building engine revs? There are only 2 pedals, it’s not like the driver’s left foot would be occupied somewhere else.

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  • M5 Cognscnt

    Superb car.. all around balance BUT weight? Will be heavier than E60 M5 which was also heavier than E39 M5.. when will it end? 5000lbs for a sedan?.. insanity.. Tech such as backup camera, park assist? is really necessary? Adds extra weight.. I thought they said so much about CF components.. I drove the smaller z4 and it was a joy to drive and felt very connected to road and turn in was pure joy without all the weight..

    With the M5 though they keep adding more and more power and increasing weight.. how can car dynamics not change from when under 4000lbs was considered a pig in car terms.. Ill stop ranting now..

    • wazon8

      Yeap, I feel the same, neither of M-cars is a proper car to be equipped too richly. Most of heavy stuffs should be optional, at least all those that are not required by law regulations. But, unfortunately, regulations are the places where the most of recent cars’ weight comes from. Actually, adding cameras or park distance controlls (to which you refer) makes nearly no harm to weight. Although, I agree that one could surely safe around 100 kg, if she decided to be moderate in choosing options and BMW didn’t also make high-end cars in terms of equipment from M-cars. We can cry about that, but I believe that the reason why BMW chose to put all these tech into M-cars is that most of customers expect to see them there. Well, M-division is about money eighter.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/F5MHGAD6GMJXSQPULG632HNM7M Tiger On The Prowl

    I did not know that the M5 could drive in snow?  My dealership in the last M5 said it was not recommended even with snow tires on.  Huh!

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