The M carbon-ceramic brakes will be available for the first time for the new BMW M5, as well as for the M6 Coupe and Convertible. Initially scheduled for July 2012 production, the M ceramic brakes option is now delayed until 2013. A U.S. spec F10 M5 wearing the high-performance brakes was just spotted by spy photographer Palbay near the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.
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The ceramic brakes’ stand-out features include lower weight than the regular brakes (19.4 kg / 42.8 lb lighter), and excellent feel and fade-free performance even under heavy loads. The diameter of the inner-vented and perforated brake disks is 400 millimeters at the front and 396 millimeters at the rear. The six-piston fixed-calliper brakes at the front axle are radially bolted to the pivot bearing. A single-piston floating-caliper compound disk brakes can be seen at the rear. The discs are cross-drilled at all four corners to dissipate heat.
The new M5 features under the hood a high-revving 4.4-liter (4395cc) turbocharged that uses the BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. The engine outputs 560 horsepower from 5,750-7,000 rpm and 680Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque from only 1500rpm. It comes in both manual and 7-speed DCT transmission.
The 2013 BMW M5 will arrive in late summer and will carry Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices of $90,695.
[Photos by Palbay]