Bmw testing carbon ceramic brakes for the 2012 M5

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 27, 2011

Testing is ongoing for the carbon ceramic discs brakes for the 2012 BMW M5, according to Dr. Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Purchasing and Supplier Network. He confirmed to BimmerFile that BMW M GmBH’s testing for the M6 will follow. BMW is considering its options and has teamed up with its brake supplier, Brembo, to prepare a package that could be applied in the M5.

Brembo is also its supplier of brake components, particularly the multi-piston calipers that are used in the new F10 M5. Brembo and SGL Carbon have formed a joint venture, which will make carbon brake discs.

SGL and BMW have also created a joint venture to produce carbon fiber that will be used in passenger cars. This brake package is believed to be around a year out from the market, suggesting that it will be released at around the same time as when the M5 starts to sell in the U.S.

This package will keep the calipers (which will have a different appearance) and will come with bigger discs that require 20″ wheels. This vehicle is equipped with a high-revving 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo package and offers 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm.

It also provides a maximum torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) from 1,500 rpm. This latest BMW M5 model could then accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.4 seconds. It could attain a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) in 13.0 seconds and can reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph. BMW is also offering the M Driver’s Package, which raises the top speed to 305 km/h or 190 mph.

The way the body has been styled enables the BMW M5 to display its strong characteristics. Take for example the front apron and how it exhibits the power delivered by the V8 engine. Its bonnet has those curve lines which join together with its signature double-kidney grille. There are also the standard M black slats, similar to the three air intakes that are found in the front apron’s lower section. These come with a wide-spread configuration.

These also help highlight the need of the engine, which is at the back of the grille, when it comes to the cooling air. Since the air intakes have been arranged on different levels, it results in a feeling of depth. As such, it highlights this Saloon’s forward-thrusting and dynamic look. In addition, the way the intakes have been shaped guarantees that the airflow going inside is precise and cooling is optimized.

Furthermore, by having design features that are specific to the M-Series, BMW has managed to enhance the stylish commanding look of the BMW 5-Series Saloon, and even the dynamic proportions. By making sure that the improvements were specifically done to meet the technical requirements of this vehicle, it guaranteed that it would become the key to the overall concept of this Saloon. The presence of unique design elements on the back, front, and side, validates and subtly highlights its surprising potential.

Still on its characteristics, its central aperture has been projected forward and its functional importance is underscored by its width. This goes out to the road surface and even to the projecting form of its curve lines. There are two air intakes on its sides which have a dynamic curve shape and that are placed on the vehicle’s outer edges.

With this, they are able to highlight the wide track. It even manages to fill the spaces that are on its front apron, space that is often set aside for the fog lamps. Meanwhile air channeling flaps have been put on the front end’s lower edge and since it was made for racing, these guarantee that aerodynamics is optimized.

Topics: bmw, bmw m5, sedan, sports car

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