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Photo Comparison: 2012 BMW M5 vs. E60 M5

BMW M5 | June 15th, 2011 by 40
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Earlier today, BMW took the wraps off the new M5 sedan. The super sporty premium sedan sits at the top of 5 Series lineup and …

Earlier today, BMW took the wraps off the new M5 sedan. The super sporty premium sedan sits at the top of 5 Series lineup and brings several new innovations and a revised engine.

The F10 BMW M5 builds atop the safer and more stylish design of the new 5 Series. The design language is easier on the eye than the previous E60 generation and the M5 enhances its aggressiveness to the M-specific levels.

The F10 M5 delivers what one expects from an M car: aggressiveness, sportiness and elegance. The front spoiler takes the M5 a step further than the 5 Series models with the popular M-package, three large air intakes, blacked out grille and discreet rear spoiler located on the boot lid serves to optimize the car’s aerodynamics.

Photo Comparison: 2012 BMW M5 vs. E60 M5

2012 BMW M5 will output 560 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 501 lb-ft of torque (680 Nm) at 1,500 rpm. The new F10 M5 will run to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. To reach 124 mph (200 km/h), the new M5 needs about 13 seconds.

Same as the old E60 M5, the M-Drivers-Package brings the top speed to 190 mph (305km/h).

The engine is mated to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic. A manual option is offered for US customers.

E60 M5 was built on the controversial 5 Series designed by late BMW designer Davide Arcangeli, under the direction of ex-BMW Chief Designer, Chris Bangle. The bodystyle was controversial due to its unusual proportions. The eyebrow of the front headlights was also frowned upon by car magazines for taking away the aggressive look of its predecessors.

Photo Comparison: 2012 BMW M5 vs. E60 M5

The E60 M5 was introduced in 2005, same as the new one, in a concept form first. It was the world’s first production sedan to feature a V10 petrol engine. The 4,999 cc V10 S85 engine was redlining at 8250 rpm, and developing a peak output of 500 horsepower and 520 Nm (380 lb-ft) of torque. The BMW M5, along with the E63/64 BMW M6, were designed to use the new Getrag SMG III single-clutch seven speed semi-automatic transmission. BMW announced in October 2006 that a 6-speed conventional manual transmission would be available in North America, this became the base transmission in these markets while SMG III is an option.

From 2002 until 2010, unofficial reports state that around 19,500 M5 sedans were built at the Dingolfing plant in Germany.

As always, BMWBLOG gives you a photo comparison of the old and new models.

Photo Comparison: 2012 BMW M5 vs. E60 M5

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  • mike

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    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Got it. It was a copy and paste from a previous article.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Got it. It was a copy and paste from a previous article.

  • mike

    You should look into the different meanings of matted vs. mated. I am no native speaker, but I think whenever you write matted you actually mean mated. This has been an ongoing issue here.http://www.google.com/dictionary?langpair=en|en&q=mated&hl=en&aq=f

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    similar yet so different ! The new one looks 1000 times better. The old E60 looks so outdated ! Bangle design ages very fast !

  • Tom Cardone

    the e60 M5 looks cheap compared to the F10 now that i look at it…
    im in absolute love. BMW hit the nail on the head with this beast.

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  • Viper

    My God the E60 still looks better and fresh. Chris Bangle you the man…well was…pity you left really cuz look at this ugly f10 , already looks old , no doubt the side front looks dumber every time I see it.
    front : E60 .
    back : both look good however bmw still cant make descent better looking tailpipes like amg.
    side. E60
    interior: well thats an improvement for sure but still looks almost exactly the same as regular 530. imagination FAIL.
    same engine as the one in x5m , a bit disappointed there , only 5hp more and same torque……V10 all the way.

    • Anonymous

      Not sure what you’re looking at.  The front of the E60 looks like a sleepy-face.  The F10 looks perky and aggressive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      E60 looks good ? never did. it looked dated and grotesk on the day it was released.
      5HP more then the X5M ? That’s already 50 more then the V10 and since the M5 weighs much less then the X5/X6 it will be a super performer car.

      I need some of that stuff that you are smokin’ !

      but I also suggest ease on the stuff before you post stuff like this… the E60 looks good and better then the F10… thats a good one.  No one, not even the bungle dude will say that anymore…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842858183 Ahmad Haziq

      It gets even more silly-er when you said the V8 has more 5HP than the V10… You’ve stated this for a couple of times already and I know, it’s intentional.

      • Viper

        5hp more than one in x5m jack

    • Br

      The side of the front part of the F10 is WAY TOO BLUNT and ugly.  They should at least add the air curtain (first appears on 1M) to make it look better and differs from the M3.  It doesnt look bad but could have been better.  I also agree that BMW should design more special exaust pipes.  To conclude, E60 has a more innovative design (of course when you are looking at it now, you think it looks old, cause it was designed 7 years ago!) in terms of the time period it is in i.e. when the Audi R8 is looking like this, M5 is still like this, even without full led headlights like the new 6 series)

    • Br

      The side of the front part of the F10 is WAY TOO BLUNT and ugly.  They should at least add the air curtain (first appears on 1M) to make it look better and differs from the M3.  It doesnt look bad but could have been better.  I also agree that BMW should design more special exaust pipes.  To conclude, E60 has a more innovative design (of course when you are looking at it now, you think it looks old, cause it was designed 7 years ago!) in terms of the time period it is in i.e. when the Audi R8 is looking like this, M5 is still like this, even without full led headlights like the new 6 series)

  • Tom221

    Love it.

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  • Gord

    The new 5 series looks nicely evolved from the previous generation.

  • http://profiles.google.com/polostephan Sangho Kim

    E60 because of its naturally aspirated V10

  • LexusLVRisaFaggot

    Lexus LVR will say all Lexus’s look better.  Lexus is the best brand in the universe.

  • MTastic

    The F10 front look more aggressive, the back looks a bit better but  I like the profile and the wheels of the E60.  

  • MTastic

    The F10 front look more aggressive, the back looks a bit better but  I like the profile and the wheels of the E60.  

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  • malcontentman

    The f10 body is sleek and more aerodynamic looking, but I still kind of like the dignified stiffness of the e60 body more. Looks aside though, I still have to get over the replacement of the e60 high-rev V10 for the f10’s twin turbo V8. While the new power plant is awesome, nothing sounds like a V10.

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  • Bmwforever

    the front of E60 definitely looks more aggressive.  The front lights of F10 are droopy!!!.. Maybe the back of F10 is better but the front of E60 wins hands up!!!!

  • Christiano999

    The BMW E60 is way better looking from the front in my opinion..  The eyes are slanted up which gives it a more aggressive look compared to the F10 which looks like a nerdy 7 series.  Its also not fair to compare this 2 photos cuz the F10 is taken in studio background which has better lighting.  Not mentioning the V10 on the E60 which is way better than the V8 now.  Don’t care how much turbo you put in the new one.

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  • Jun

    E60 is a much sexier car. The shape is nicer too. These are bad comparison pictures as the F10 uses high resolution Showroom quality pictures in eye popping blue color compared to dull silver with outdoor pictures. If you compare similar hi res pictures of the E60 in showroom quality picture in Interlagos Blue, it would be easier to see that the E60 not only LOOKS better but has the FAR more impressive and iconic V10 motor.

  • Ricky Calo

    The F10 might look better but we all know which one is the true drivers car. Chris Bangle’s designs were ahead at the time and age well. If you take a look at other late model cars especially from Kia and Hyundai many incorporate his design ques from the E60 and E65. BMW needs to rehire Bangle in order to differentiate the models design wise. I mean all current BMW looks the same from the back and side, after carefully squinting at the front you might be able to tell them apart.

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