Bmw M5 and M6 Coupe now available in US showrooms

Article by Christian A., on September 4, 2012

Back from a two-year hiatus, the BMW M5 Sedan and M6 Coupe have gone on sale in the U.S. last week. This time, they offer more luxury and more power while also being more efficient and athletic. They’re offered alongside the all-new BMW M6 Convertible which got to the US BMW Center showrooms last month. For over 25 years, the BMW M5 and M6 have epitomized the true BMW’s luxury and daily versatility combined with an outstanding supercar performance.

The M5 and M6 are ultra-high-performance sports cars with tremendous dynamic abilities that M engineers had meticulously tuned on racetracks worldwide under all conditions. At the same time, the M5 and M6 set new standards for everyday driving comfort and features.

To attain these targets, the new BMW M5 Sedan, M6 Coupe, and M6 Convertible share the most potent engine ever used in a series-produced model from BMW M GmbH partnered to a high-torque 7-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT). The power transfer between the rear wheels is split even further by an innovative Active M Differential.

When combined with extensive chassis and suspension upgrades, the drivetrain ensures that the engine's performance can be shifted to the ground. The new engine used by both the BMW M5 and M6 delivers the highest output ever produced by a BMW M car.

It also gives the most efficient balance between performance and fuel consumption. It is distinguished by the instant throttle response, a linear power band and an uncommonly high and flat torque curve. The new engine delivers about 10% higher output than the V10 engine of its predecessors and torque is increased by more than 30%. Its efficiency is also better by almost 25%.

As designed, the new BMW M5 features a body that conveys how distinct it is from others. It actually inherits the elegant proportions as well as the aggressive dominant looks of the BMW 5-Series Saloon, but is further enhanced by M-specific design elements. Specifically, these design elements – carefully selected for the new M5 – have been created to meet the car’s technical demands. This means that these M-specific design elements are now the core elements that define the dynamic performance and looks of the new M5. Unique design cues found on the front, sides and rear ends of the M5 underscore the potential of this new performance premium saloon from BMW.

For instance, the front end of the new BMW M5 features a front apron that highlights the superb power of its new V8 engine. The dynamism of this engine is also shown through the V-shaped contour lines on the hood as well as through BMW’s signature double-kidney grille. M black slats -- like the three air intakes located in the lower part of the front apron – are arranged in such a way they underscore how much cooling air is needed by the M5’s V8 engine. Since these air intakes are arranged in various levels, they add extra depth to the three-dimensional appearance of the new M5 performance saloon.

The importance of the central front air intake in providing the much needed cooling air to the V8 engine is highlighted by the M5’ width as well as by the contour lines’ protruding form. The two curving side intakes, on the other hand, underline the M5’s wide track. These intakes replaced the fog lamps fitted on the front apron of the BMW 5-Series Saloon. The M5 also featured track-developed air-channeling flaps located at the lower section of the front end, functioning to improve its aerodynamics.

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