German magazine Sport Auto takes the new 2012 BMW M5 to Hockenheim and clocks the super sporty sedan at 1:12.9 minutes. The 560 horsepower vehicle impresses with its longitudinal dynamics and delivers an equally impressive lap time.
Previous generation E60 M5 was clocked on the same circuit at 1:15.6, while the powerful ALPINA B5 BiTurbo did a little better: 1:14.5. The competition is exactly one second slower, Mercedes CLS 63 AMG did the same lap in 1:13.9. Slightly better time was recorded by the Porsche Panamera Turbo – 1:13.7.
From 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h), the F10 M5 stopped the clock at 4.1 seconds, and at 12.4 seconds, it already achieved 124 mph (200 km/h).
Same magazine reports that the M5 disappointing in the fuel consumption category. The average fuel consumption is said to be 13.1 mpg or 17.9 liters/100 km.
Recently, Sport Auto tested the all-new and limited M3 CRT. To test the abilities and performance of the M3 CRT, Sport Auto took the ultra-sporty M3 sedan to Hockenheim. While the “regular” E90 M3 Sedan runs through a lap of Hockenheim in 1:14.6 minutes, the M3 CRT ran the same distance, with identical tires, in 1:13.6 minutes.
Prior to this, the German folks also clocked the 1M at 1:14.1 minutes, faster than the M3 Coupe with DCT gearbox, 1:14.2 minutes.
The new BMW M5 goes on sale in Spring 2012 and will be offered in the United States with both a manual and 7-speed DCT gearbox.