2012 Bmw M5 will offer an all-wheel-drive (AWD) version

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 9, 2011

The fifth-generation BMW M5 will be getting a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine, marking the first time that the super-saloon uses forced induction instead of the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V10. This engine, which powers the current model, will be discontinued after having been available for seven years.

BMW’s M division has set the world debut for the F10 M5 ‘concept’ to take place at the upcoming Shanghai auto show. The production version, which will be practically the same as the concept, will be introduced this September at the Frankfurt show. The car will go on sale this November and will be priced at about £75,000.

The 4395cc forced-induction engine has an output of 552bhp and 510lb ft of torque, giving it an added boost of 52bhp and 126lb ft over the existing model’s naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V10. In addition, the M5 will receive a Getrag seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox that comes with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

BMW is also planning a four-wheel-drive M5 in response to demand from the so-called snow belt states where there are high sales for the all-wheel-drive Mercedes/AMG and Audi models. Biermann announced that in the future, there will soon be all-wheel-drive versions of M cars. BMW made sure that there are minimal styling changes, similar to what it has done to the older M5s.

The features that the concept car has that are said to be production-ready are the following: the deeper front bumper, with large central cooling duct for the intercooler, the slightly wider front wings, LED repeater lamps, and the signature, chrome-rimmed side air vents. The rear also receives a subtle lip spoiler that raises downforce at speed and a reprofiled bumper with highly functioning central diffuser.

The next M5 will be given 20-inch alloy wheels that will be covered with 265/35 ZR20 tires up front while at there rear, it will get 295/30 ZR20s. The new M5 will be bigger but because of weight-reducing methods such as using aluminum and carbonfiber in the bodyshell, it will weigh very close to the outgoing car’s weight of 1830kg.

The balance between the performance focused M experience and its fuel consumption originates from the superb efficiency of the new V8 engines as well as the extensive Efficient Dynamics technology with Auto Start-Stop function along with the standard 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic.

For the engine’s impressive power development to be channeled into boosting performance features, the focus has been on enhancing the new BMW M5’s chassis technology with M-specific Servotronic steering, electronically controlled dampers, high-performance compound brakes and a stability control system integrated with M Dynamic Mode, built on racing expertise and adjusted to the powerplant’s output profile.

The technology is incorporated with model-specific design features that directly contribute to improving the supply of cooling air and aerodynamic characteristics, to bring about the conceptual harmony common to BMW M cars. The accurate interaction of the drive system, design and chassis has been refined in a wide-ranging, thorough testing on the Nordschleife circuit at Nürburgring. These were done to optimize lateral and longitudinal acceleration, and braking performance, as well as handling characteristics.

The new car’s interior design, state-of-the-art equipment features and control concept also have a role in generating the distinctive M experience. An M leather steering wheel, M-specific instrument cluster, center console and sport seats give the cockpit a touch of a classic sports car. This is the first time that two M Drive buttons have been built-in as standard so the driver can trigger the best car set-up for the given situation. The M5 comes standard with high-quality accurately finished materials, lots of space and a wide variety of equipment to create a premium ambience mixed with the avant-garde luxury of a BMW 5-Series model. In addition, customers can add their personal touch to the car since the complete range of options included in the BMW 5-Series Saloon such as numerous driver assistance systems as well as mobility services given by BMW ConnectedDrive is available as well for the M5.

Its body design consists of hallmark M design elements that conform to technical requirements. The body design of the new BMW M5 always exhibits its characteristics that stand out. The inclusion of M-specific design features has further enhanced the stylishly commanding look and dynamic proportions of the BMW 5-Series Saloon. The carefully chosen modifications are precisely geared towards meeting the car’s technical demands, making them a key element of the supercharged Saloon's overall concept. The M5’s unique design elements on the front, sides and rear end subtly emphasize its exceptional potential with impressive authenticity.

The front apron has a design, which clearly represents the superior power of the car’s new V8 engine. The bonnet’s contour lines come together in a V to BMW’s trademark double-kidney grille. The far-reaching arrangement of the traditional M black slats, such as the three air intakes within the lower part of the front apron, highlight the engine’s cooling air requirement at the back of the grille. The air intake arrangement over a range of levels creates a remarkable intensity that highlights the Saloon’s dynamic, forward-thrusting look

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