Besides Chris Harris, two German magazines also had the opportunity to test drive a prototype version of the 2012 BMW M5. Autobild and Auto Motor Und Sport got behind the wheel of the M5 in a winter testing session in Austria.
Many details shared have been outlined before, but there are a few surprises kept locked by BMW until now. First, the M5 receives complex aerodynamics features. Similar to the Air Curtain introduced in the 1 Series M Coupe, the F10 M5 features a specially designed front apron and trunk link.
The new M5 is also said to have a new Limited Slip Differential (LSD) that further improves traction. In the engine department, the same power unit rumored for months, based on the X5M and X6M engine which produces more than 555 horsepower but up to 565.
The maximum torque should come to about 700 Newton meters.
The highly debated transmission topic can be put to rest now. Both magazines confirmed that the M5 prototype was using a 7-DCT tranny, so auto transmission is out.
Stay tuned in early April for full details on the new 2012 BMW M5.