2012 BMW M5: 0-60 in 3.7 sec

BMW M5, Featured Posts | October 26th, 2011 by 50
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The magazine numbers are in. In the December issue of Car and Driver, the US magazine reports that the new BMW M5 ran 0-60 mph …

The magazine numbers are in. In the December issue of Car and Driver, the US magazine reports that the new BMW M5 ran 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, the M5 only needed 8.3 seconds.

But even more impressive, the F10 M5 runs the quarter mile in 12.0 seconds reaching 122mph.

BMW has moved on with the new F10 M5 from naturally aspirated engines to a TwinPower turbocharged V8. The high-revving 4.4-liter (4395cc) turbocharged uses the BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology, twin-scroll turbochargers, high-precision direct fuel injection, Valvetronic variable valve control and a cross-bank exhaust manifold.

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The M5 tested by Car and Driver uses the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In comparison, same magazine tested the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG which ran 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.0 seconds . The E63 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and it was equipped with the Performance package that increases the power to 550 hp and torque to 590 lb-ft at 2000 rpm.

Expect more M5 performance reviews in the upcoming weeks, and look at newsstands for the December issue of Car and Driver.

Read our racetrack review from Ascari

50 responses to “2012 BMW M5: 0-60 in 3.7 sec”

  1. Manny Antunes says:

    BOOM! There it is!!!

    • Trixter1 says:

      got a 2010 M5 with: DInan Stage 3 performance kit, DInan performance differential and the Dinan exhaust solution. In a recent run against a 2012 e 63 Mercedes the M-5 was at significantly pulling away for the Benz…I love the V-10 .

  2. Chris Primm says:

    via http://f10.5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=602448 ?

    Full M5 performance specs was posted their today

    • Horatiu says:

      Or via Car and Driver, or via readers that sent this in…etc…You guys come on here every time we post something and start linking, but it’s all good, we will let the link stay. We don’t censor nor delete. 

    • Horatiu says:

      And btw, we drove the car on race track and the upcoming M5 video from Car and Driver features OUR OWN DRIVER behind the wheel, Shawn Molnar. 

  3. Damn it’s fast, beautiful and has the best quality in it’s class! :))

    • LexusLVR says:

      Wrong. The Lexus GS and Infiniti M have the best quality in this class. The 5er is not even close.

      • Alex says:

        maybe the new GS (maybe, i didn’t sit in one yet) but the old one…….u kidding me? the 5er interior fit and finish and etc is better

        • LexusLVR says:

          The 5er has a good quality interior but so do its competitors. All cars in this class actually have good interiors. In no way can one claim the 5er is the “class leader” in that regard.

          Arguing about which interiors are better are really SUBJECTIVE OPINIONS. They’re all good.

          And my comment about the GS/M was meant to sound biased like the post of Hubert.

          • Anonymous says:

            Thought a Lexus is Toyota made flashy?

          • Arwar says:

            lexus sucks. There, that’s my opinion. Now go on to your lexus forums, we don’t need you here

          • BMW The Best says:

            The midsize premium segment is totally under the 5 Series control. Buyers clearly choose the 5 Series over anything else in its class. The 2nd is the E-Class. Your GS and Infinity M aren’t even close. Market leadership is the best indicator of which car is the best. So here’s the ultimate truth: BMW 5 SERIES IS THE BEST CAR IN ITS CLASS!

          • Alex says:

            Japanese interiors suck monkey balls. Not because they are not luxurious enough or made from inferior materials – they are all made for midgets with tiny hands and they just look hideous. I owned Lexus, Acura, Infinity, and many other Japanese premium and non-premium brands. None of them compare to BMW interiors, old or new.

      • Fredyschiftan says:

        what is a Lexus person doing in a BMW place ? He follows the leader .  Go back to your Toyota place and please stop giving those silly opinions !!!

  4. Elgee says:


  5. FadeToBlack says:

    The E63 was never tested in Car and Driver. Those are just estimates based on the CLS 63 AMG. Might want to correct that. Also, didn’t they use a rolling start? Americans are know for rolling starts. European magazines never match the times posted by US ones. How come?

    • Manny Antunes says:

      Those figures were obtained using Launch Control. Which cannot be engaged on a rolling start. 

      • FadeToBlack says:

        I think the times are too low. I like the M5 but I don’t think any owner using launch control will ever achieve those times. Sorry, but I don’t think it’s possible. Once I see EVO (UK) posting similar times I might believe them, but these seem too optimistic for me.

        • Manny Antunes says:

          More reviews and comparisons will be out in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned…

          • FadeToBlack says:

            Wanna bet on a beer? I say no European car mag will match those times.

          • Manny Antunes says:

            I never bet on another person’s capabilities or skills. But I’ll gladly take your beer that I can match it!

          • Kittl Patrick says:

            Amercan testing vs. european

            I also wondered a lot why the american 0-60 times are always lower than the european ones. Than i realized, americans always test the time to 60 mph which is about 96 kph. In europe those figures are mostly from 0-100 kph or 0-62 mph.
            That would explain the slight difference!

          • Anonymous says:

            Hey, Manny! Great to see you at Hooniverse! I always access it and Jalopnik. They don’t like Bimmers like us. Let’s troll them! :)

          • Manny Antunes says:

            Hi Mathew. Good to see you here. You should spend more time here.

            I gave up my trolling days a couple of decades ago ;-)

            BMWBlog is my home. I contribute articles here. My favorite topic: BMWs ;-)

          • Anonymous says:

            Actually is Matheus, lol. It’s the Brazilian way of saying Matthew. Well, I access BMWBlog everyday, probably three times a day, but I never comment. I’ll try!

            Yes, I was just kidding. I know you’re a more serious guy. At Hooniverse they prefer an E28/E34 M5 rather than ours mighty E39/E60. But it’s ok. :)

            About the performance of the F10 above, it must be 0-60 mph with rollout, typical of C&D. Still, F10 is completely nuts. Search for “F10 BMW m5 30kmh-180kmh” at YouTube.

          • Manny Antunes says:

            AH! Voce e Brasileiro! Que bom! Eu so Portugues! Eu conheso muitos amigos com o seu nome.
            Hooniverse likes E28 because Kamil had 2 of them. I know Kamil personally and we’ve hung out.
            When you read the Car and Driver article, they implicitely describe the Launch Control procedure and how they obtained the 3.7 seconds to 60. I can assure you, it was from a stand still. As a matter of fact, the rolling 5MPH to 60MPH was 4.6 seconds. Which indicates to me a nit of turbo lag from a rolling start. EIther way, the F10 is a beast. I’ve launched many X5M with essentially the same engine and it’ll muscle any chassis around.

  6. Giom says:

    Now the M5 can out drag and out turn the E63 AMG! Man, I love this!

    • LexusLVR says:

      Huh? 3.7 vs 3.8 seconds is hardly a big deal. And both cars post a 12 second 1/4 mile time flat. Seems like two evenly matched machines to me.

      And people seem to forget DRIVER SKILL as a factor. Just because someone is driving an M5 won’t mean he’ll win if he’s a pussy driver, which most BMW drivers are (all talk but no balls when it comes down to it). Driver skill is ultimately the deciding factor provided both cars are evenly matched which seems to be the case here.

      And watch out for the Lexus GS-F.

      • Alex says:

        well it is impressive, I don’t remember the last time an m5 outdragged or was evenly matched with the mighty AMG’s.  Plus the AMG is 100kg lighter and has 120nm more torque, so I am impressed with the new M5’s acceleration. Would be interesting to see what they decide to do with the GS-F

        • LexusLVR says:

          All performance cars in this class are geared towards a different type of driver. Some will be more hardcore than others but all are hardcore and capable in their own way.

          Again, the skill of the man behind the wheel ultimately decides a race. That’s something many people here seem to forgot. Giom behind the wheel of an M5 would get trashed by Sterling Moss in a say Acura NSX.

    • BMW The Best says:

      As it always did. The E63 AMG might had an advantage over the E60 M5 as far as the 0-100 was concerned. But from 0-200kmh it was the M5 that left the E63 crying of pain.

  7. wow wat a beautiful car

  8. Efoza says:

    Come on lets be honest with ourselves. For the same price, there are a lot more exciting cars, both in looks and performance, out there. Why would one want to spend this sort of money on a company managers or a bank manager’s type of car?

    Don’t get me wrong. I love BMWs and have owned BMWs since 1990s but I would never spend such high amount of money on a company car looking BMW.

    • wazon says:

      I wonder what’s the point of posts like this one. You don’t find buying M5 appealing, that’s your problem. I find this car more than appealing, one can have both pretty huge saloon with elegant look and track-machine in one car. Can you buy something like this in similar price? No, if you bought “more exciting” car, you would have to buy another car for everyday purposes. At the end of a day, you would spend much more money and you would need to have place for at least two cars. Lower costs and avoindance of maintaining of two cars is part of the reason why people choose M5 instaed of 5-er and something else. Come on, do the job and tell us which two cars – one “more exciting” and one of 5-er segment – we can buy for M5 price.

      • Efoza says:

        Why do that? I would rather go for a superb BMW 5 GT instead- any day of the week.

        • wazon says:

          I’ve asked you for singling out two cars: one track-machine and the other – everyday car. You totally failed at the first task and partially succeed at the second task; partially, because you pointed out everyday car, but you left not enough means for track-machine, which 5GT is obviously not! I’ve always wondered why some people are so pretentious as you are. If you don’t like driving a car at a track, good for you, but why you question the need for track cars in very viaried societies we live in is beyond me.

  9. Anonymous says:


  10. Dfgdf says:

    BOOM ROASTED! Feels bad for lambo/ferrari owners man. Let alone those Audi chumps, they just got slapped with an oven fresh dose of M POWER BIATCHES!!!!!!!!

  11. Viper says:

    3.7…that is a rocket!
    ok hold on…..if it had more than 600hp+more torque ,obviously, same transmission or better , same weight or lighter….you are looking on a ferrari killer or something? right?

    • wazon says:

      Wait for dyno test, I believe it will show that this M5 has more than 560hp at flywheel and has something close to 560hp at… rear wheels.

  12. r56(K04) says:

    amg’s are based to just go in a strqight line as of bmw there performance is balanced every where turning,straight,comfort, ride, controlling, ext…….. and with better fuel economy with technique small L engine with power amgs are big ass engines n L with turbos just to produce power

  13. BMW The Best says:

    I just wonder how long the car makers will be able to do until they have to rely on AWD to control 2-ton cars with increasingly more power.

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