2012 Bmw M5 Active Sound Design: engine sound reproduced via the audio system

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 23, 2011

As you may know already, Bmw recently launched the all-new 2012 M5. The ‘beast’ is powered by a high-revving 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo package and delivers 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm as well as a maximum torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) from 1,500 rpm. With these numbers, the new Bmw M5 is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 13.0 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. 

If you want more, Bmw offers the M Driver’s Package which increases the top speed to an impressive 305 km/h or 190 mph.

Now comes the interesting part: the Bmw M5 drivers will be given an even more direct reminder of their car’s performance capability by technology that brings the distinctive sound of the high-performance V8 into the cabin of the car. Dubbed Active Sound Design, this technology was developed in order to deliver an accurate reproduction of the engine’s sound through the car’s audio system.

According to Bmw, “A stamp on the accelerator, meanwhile, prompts an immediate audible response to match the instantaneous – and typically M – burst of power from beneath the bonnet.” These are good news even for the Smart ForTwo owners, because it doesn’t matter if your car is powered by small engine as long as you have an audio system that can bring the sound of a V8. Still, you have to be careful and not to push the acceleration pedal too much in a crowded city.

The new BMW M5 still features dynamic proportions and dominant looks of the BMW 5-Series Saloon as augmented by certain M-specific design elements. All of these design modifications essentially have become a central element of the BMW M5’s overall concept as they help meet the car’s technical demands. These M-specific design elements on the M5’s front, sides and rear end do not only highlight the high-performance potential of this Saloon but also add to its overall execution potential.

For instance, the design of the M5’s front apron perfectly conveys the dynamic potential of the car’s new V8 engine, just like the contour lines of the bonnet converging in a V to BMW’s signature double-kidney grille. Furthermore, the M black slats feature a wide-spread layout just like the three air intakes in the lower part of the front apron – appropriately highlighting the air cooling needs of the powerful V8. Moreover, the multi-level arrangement of the air intakes provides a depth that underscores the M5’s dynamic forward-projecting looks.

This forward-thrusting look is further highlighted by the M5’s width and the protruding form of the contour lines. On the other hand, the M5 also features two dynamically curving side air intakes that have been positioned to the outer edges, thereby further highlighting the car’s wide track. These side intakes also take the position in the front apron usually reserved for fog lamps in the BMW 5-Series Saloon. Likewise, the lower edge of the front end features race-track developed air-channeling flaps that help optimize the M5’s aerodynamics.

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