2012 Bmw M5 online configurator is ready to make your dreams come true

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 20, 2011

An online configurator for the new BMW M5 is already available for the German consumers. It may be that getting a 10% boost of its power output and the 30% drop in fuel consumption could be enough for some, but it would be interesting to know what other extras the F10 offers. Those who use the online configurator will find that there are numerous color options and more standard vehicle features.

For example, the M5 is available in a broad range of exterior colors and interior trims, including: Alpine White, Havana, Black Sapphire Metallic pain, Silverstone, Imperial Blue, Space Grey Monte Carlo Blue, and Grey Singapore.

In addition, Merino Leather upholstery, Head Up Display, Xenon lights, park distance control at both front and rear, will be offered as standard equipment. BMW stated previously that the options being considered include Comfort Access, active seats, M multifunction seats, doors with Soft Close Automatic function, electric glass roof, hands-free tailgate opening, and trailer coupling.

The new M5 is powered by a 4.4-liter turbocharged engine that develops 560hp at 6,000 rpm and 501 lb-ft (680 Nm) of maximum torque. Power gets transmitted to the rear wheels through the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic.

With this combination, the New M5 can go from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds. To get to 124 mph (200 km/h), the new M5 requires about 13 seconds. However, the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). On the other hand, the M Driver’s Package brings the power up to 189 mph (305 km/h).

One of the highlights of the new BMW M5 is how the interior has been designed to give it the familiarity of being inside the cockpit of a sports car and combine it with the luxury present in a premium car as well as the space offered by a prestige saloon. While the instrument does make use of the black-panel technology, it does have the classic circular dials of the BMW M with the red needles illuminated in white light.

The steering wheel has been wrapped in leather and on it are the multi-function buttons that activate certain features like the telephone, radio, and cruise control. On its left side are two buttons for the M-Drive that can trigger pre-configured settings of the vehicle. The driver can choose between driving qualities that are focused on comfort and those that are offered by a sports car. The interior also has the M Sports bespoke seats as well as the Merino leather upholstery.

Its interior trim strips are in Aluminium Trace while the Individual Roof Liner is in Anthracite. A standard feature is the M5 lettering placed on the sill panels. It will have the brand’s iDrive control system as well with a 10.2-inch Control Display. When it comes to the exterior though, the imposing stance of the 5-Series saloon, and even its dynamic look, have both been elevated by the use of design features that are specific to the M-series on the front, the sides, and the rear.

These design features were mostly implemented in order to meet the technical demands expected from an ultra-high-performance car. Starting from the rear segment of the M5, the use of horizontal lines gives it that sporty and wide stance. By integrating a diffuser to the apron’s lower edge, this enables the right amount of airflow to go to its underfloor section.

On either side of its diffuser meanwhile is the twin-tailpipe exhaust system, a trademark M5 feature. On the boot lid on the other hand, specifically the rear edge, a subtle Gurney flap has been placed which helps give extra downforce especially when running at high speeds.

The rear lights follow an L-shape and inside are LED strips. Still, the brake lamps and indicators are undeniably BMW, a feature that is observable even at night. For the front segment, the grille has the wide-spread M black slats while the lower part of its front apron contains the three air intakes. This two allow the twin-turbo V8 engine’s cooling demands to be met. In addition, the lower edge of the front end has air channelling flaps that were developed on the racing circuit and were designed so as to maximize the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Its bonnet meanwhile has curves that join into a V-shape and then meets with the brand’s standard double-kidney grille.

The latter is placed on top of a forward projecting central aperture and in the middle of the curving side intakes. Overall, these features combine to highlight the M5 Saloon’s width. Its bi-xenon front light clusters make use of distinctive LED lights rings with the indicator lights being made up of 10 LED units. There is also the LED accent lights which go through the top of the all-too familiar twin round headlamps.

Going to the front side section, it’s apparent that it still has the hallmark M gills but this has been reinterpreted in a way that it is placed inside a chrome frame that has the BMW M logo. The mirror casings meanwhile come in body color with the base and lower edges in high-gloss black. In addition, these mirror casings have an aerodynamic shape that is reinforced with the horizontal crease line. A strong bulge is seen on the side skirts with the rising crease able to put focus on wheels, reinforcing its image as the flagship of the 5-Series line-up.

The BMW M5 Saloon has a profile that is more extended and this is highlighted by the side window in high-gloss black, set-back passenger compartment, and the long wheelbase. The combination of the lowered M suspension, flared wheel arches, and the flush wheels, in either 19-inch version or 20-inch type, guarantees that the M5 Saloon does have sporting qualities. The way the wheels have been placed ensures that one gets a good view of the braking system’s fixed six-piston calipers.

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